Are you an undergraduate?

Published : 02/05/2019

When thinking about their future vocation young people might not consider Local Government as their first choice. They may simply assume that the sector is not one of the most exciting places they could gain work experience and develop their career.

Recognised as one of the most entrepreneurial local authorities in the UK, Ashford Borough Council are turning this preconception on its head. Operating like a business the council has already made great strides in transforming from a traditional local authority to become a commercial organisation, with a host of major developments changing the skyline of the borough.

However, this approach is not limited to investing in the commercial elements shaping the borough’s future, they have also been investing in young minds…and to great effect.

The council already has a successful National Graduate Development Programme which has brought them graduate talent with fresh thinking, a wealth of technological knowledge and a “can-do” approach to projects.

Now they have set their sights on local undergraduates with a scheme to support them in developing their career by providing a good quality work placement as well as financial assistance for their studies.

Going to university is a big financial commitment which can create strain on families and may result in compromises on course and location of study to keep costs down. The council’s scheme will provide a summer work placement that will support their studies, along with a bursary of up to £3,000 to a local undergraduate student for each year of their studies (up to a maximum of four years).

planning work placement

Applications are now open with the first successful candidate commencing their placement within the council’s Planning department this summer. Each year a new undergraduate will be taken on within a different department across the organisation.

Michelle Pecci, Head of HR and Customer Services said: “I am very much in support of this scheme as an investment in our community and the excellent opportunity it will provide for our young residents.

“This scheme will set Ashford apart as a place where local talent can develop their career and we are excited to watch our successful candidates grow and be a part of their journey.”

Find out more and apply - www.ashford.gov.uk/bursary