Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary £9.07 - £9.07 gross per hour
  • Dumfries


Graduate Programme (Fixed Term – 8 months)
Base - Various
Scottish Local Government Living Wage - £9.07

Our Council is committed to the economic development of Dumfries and Galloway and recognises that a Graduate Experience Employment Programme can play a significant role in realising this objective.

We are also facing significant budget savings and to address these, we must re-examine our services to decide on what we need to continue providing, ways we can transfer delivery to communities and other partners and what we are simply no longer able to offer.

The Transformation Programme is in place to deliver a modern council over the next four years whilst reducing its budget gap.

Consequently, we are seeking to recruit 5 Graduates in different roles across the council to support this programme. These projects are designed to provide you with a structured and valuable work experience related to your recent degree studies, which will enhance your skills and experience and increase your future employability.

Please see for details on how to apply. You will be asked to identify the projects you are most interested in.

The Graduate posts are offered on a fixed-term basis for a period of 8 months, during which you will take ownership of a specific piece of work focusing on transformational activities within our Council. In return you will be offered a range of learning, development and networking opportunities as well as dedicated mentoring and coaching to support your development.

Projects for this year's Programme are:

1. Climate Change
2. Placed Based Economic Development
3. Social Work Services Transformation
4. Digital Services
5. Community Strategy

To find out more about each placement, visit

To be eligible to apply for these posts, you must be degree qualified and you must have received your degree within the last 18 months.

cont... Additionally, you will also meet at least one of the following criteria:

- You live in Dumfries & Galloway and graduated with your degree from any institution (including those out with Dumfries and Galloway).

- You graduated with your degree from an institution based within Dumfries and Galloway

- Your secondary education was in Dumfries and Galloway and you graduated with your degree from any institution (including those out with Dumfries and Galloway).

- Your parents/immediate family reside in Dumfries and Galloway, and you graduated with your degree from any institution (including those out with Dumfries and Galloway).

Comfortable working alone or as part of a team, you will have experience of producing a high standard of written work as well as carrying out research tasks and presenting findings. You will also be IT literate and familiar with the Microsoft Office suite of applications.

Working in a demanding role, you will be proactive, flexible and enthusiastic with strong organisational skills and an ability to communicate effectively through a variety of methods. You will also have experience of undertaking project work and will be committed to advancing your own personal development.

Dumfries and Galloway Council is a Disability Confident employer and is committed to providing opportunities for people with disabilities. As a Disability Confident employer, we welcome applications from individuals with disabilities and guarantee an interview to those that meet the essential requirements of the post.

Dumfries and Galloway Council applies a Living Wage Supplement to all Council employees earning less than £8.33 per hour.

It is anticipated that an Assessment Centre will take place week commencing 22 July 2019 and that successful Graduates will start placements on Monday 2 September 2019.

For further information please contact: Dumfries and Galloway Council Organisational Development & HR - 030 33 33 3003.

  • social work