Grow Our Own: Education Leavers Programme

Finding and developing enthusiastic, commercially-minded, motivated people to help us deliver our ambitious plans

What are we offering?

A 12-month programme to support those who have left full time education to integrate into the workplace. If you’re not sure what direction you would like your career to take, why not consider joining Aylesbury Vale District Council to gain experience across a range of different areas before making your final decision? We are offering a year-long structured programme where you will have the opportunity to work across a range of different teams. You’ll learn more about the different roles and specialisms within the organisation. We will build up your confidence and give you the chance to get a taste of a wide variety of skills, before making a definite career choice.

At the end of the programme we hope you’ll have been inspired. If that’s the case, you can apply for one of our permanent roles or a traineeship and continue to develop your skills as you move through your chosen career path with support to achieve your potential.

What are we looking for?

This programme will suit you if you are looking to start work but are not sure what career path you would like to take. If university is not for you, then our education leaver programme might be just what you are looking for.

At AVDC, we believe that the right behaviour is vital to high performance. What we need from you is energy and enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. We also value flexibility and a readiness to challenge the status quo. Contracts will be for 12 months with a minimum of 20 hours per week. We are happy to discuss individual circumstances and where possible adapt arrangements to suit your needs.

We are offering opportunities across three areas:

1. Service Delivery

The Customer Relationship team is a fast paced, forward thinking and a customer focused team which takes pride in the delivery of frontline services for the residents and customers of Aylesbury Vale. If customer contact and interaction is your area of interest, then the service delivery stream might be the one for you. We will offer opportunities to work in administration and customer contact and also within our statutory services. We utilise leading edge digital technology, so this stream will give you the opportunity to develop your workplace skills using the latest digital technology.

2. Leadership

Our forward-thinking leaders are always striving to stay ahead of the competition in delivering innovative services. If you have leadership potential and would enjoy managing and guiding others, then this stream might be of interest. This area will offer an opportunity to manage and lead a team in our customer fulfilment sector.

3. Technical/Professional

Local government has a real impact on communities. Ever wondered what it would be like to work in Town Planning, Licensing, Building Control, Housing, Revenues and Benefits or Environmental Health? Then the technical/professional area might be of interest to you. This option will provide placements within these technical teams, giving you the chance to learn more about what is involved. We don’t expect you to have any experience in these areas; we will support you throughout the placements. This is an opportunity to develop skills and a career path where you can make a difference to thousands of people’s lives.

At the end of the 12 months, if you are enthused and keen to continue, then you may be able to apply for a permanent role. If you are successful, we will support you to study for qualifications in your chosen field (subject to certain conditions).

The heart of the programme

The heart of the programme is about building your confidence and skills and helping you to decide your career pathway. You will start with a thorough induction programme to introduce you to the organisation. You will have an experienced mentor throughout your time on the programme who will provide guidance, information, and emotional support to help you to integrate into the workplace. There will also be a series of supporting learning activities to help to develop your skills and knowledge.

What will we offer?

We can offer real flexible working, full and part-time opportunities, supported by a wide range of development opportunities. Salaries start at around £15,000 per annum.

If you are interested in finding out more, why not join us for our Insight Event on 15 October between 1pm and 4.30pm at The Gateway, our modern, purpose-built conference centre and office, at Gatehouse Road in Aylesbury. Book your place on our Insight Day here.

If you are unable to come to the Insight Event, you can apply directly. Applications will be open in the last week of September on our job site. Click here to find our more detail.

If you would like to find our more detail about the programme, please call 01296 585219 or email

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