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Kent County Council

Management Graduate, Community Safety at Kent County Council

Application Advice: If you have a real interest in making a positive difference to your community and having a respectable work life balance then apply!

Interview Advice: Be yourself, be honest, work out why you want the job before being interviewed.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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Amey

Management Graduate, Derby at Amey

Application Advice: Be proactive and honest in the interviews.

Interview Advice: Honesty is the best policy.

Industry: Management (Civil Service)

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Amey

Business Growth Co-Ordinator, Local Government at Amey

Application Advice: Be very confident but be yourself. Prepare yourself time and time again and ensure you know the company to your best extent. Remain focused but also be flexible and adaptable to the changing needs of the business and your particular role.

Interview Advice: Why Amey?

Industry: Management (Civil Service)

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Network Rail

Assistant Commercial Scheme Sponsor, Commercial at Network Rail

Application Advice: Be willing to move around the country for the job. Be capable of thinking and acting in a flexible way to manage the variety of types of work and projects you could be involved in.

Interview Advice: Base all of your questions on the STAR method (Situation - Task - Action - Review) and ensure you remain highly focused on the question asked. Points are awarded for answering the question specifically, not for providing supplementary information you may think is relevant.

Industry: Management (Civil Service)

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Kent County Council

Management trainee, Kent Graduate Programme – Management stream at Kent County Council

Application Advice: Take time on the application form Revise SHL tests Read assessment centre prep - be yourself, talk to people (everyone's nervous) Read up on KCC's recent decisions and pressures they are currently facing

Industry: Management (Civil Service)

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Kent County Council

Graduate Management Trainee, at Kent County Council

Application Advice: At each stage make sure you have examples to clearly demonstrate the skills you possess, how they are applicable to local government, and how you can develop them further.

Interview Advice: You need to think about how you handle 'Change'. This is a big topic at the moment in Local Government, and the chance for you to show innovative thinking.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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Kent County Council

Development Planner, Highways Transportation & Waste at Kent County Council

Application Advice: 1. To put a lot of time and effort into the application forms.

Interview Advice: 1. To do your homework on what Kent County Council do and how they serve the local community. 2. To be ambitious and enthusiastic throughout the interview process.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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Change Agents UK

Food Enterprise Zone Project Manager, Corporate Policy at Change Agents UK

Application Advice: Highlight your project management experience, connecting your soft skills with the ones required for the job to give a unique profile.

Interview Advice: Sound enthusiastic about tackling new challenges, about going the extra mile. Study the area and tasks, but most importantly, think of ways to link your experience with those tasks.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Try to understand the differences between local and central government, as well as the ways the different types of local authority works (i.e. metropolitan, district, county level). Choose councils based on their styles of working e.g. are they rated as an innovative council, and use these as points in your interview. Understand how to be a good leader within local government - taking a leadership role with your own ideas but also being able to encourage others to contribute (particularly important for the assessment centre).

Interview Advice: Why did you choose this council? What draws you to work in local government? What specific areas are you interested in and why? In what situations have you worked in a group to achieve an outcome? How would other people describe you?

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Transformation at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Do your homework! Really understand the priorities of the council you want to work for, and make sure it is a good fit for you.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

, at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Make sure you actually want to work in local government!

Interview Advice: Again, the focus is why local government so make sure you want to work in that sector

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

NAtional Management Trainee, at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Keep open minded throughout the process and once in the job, local government does more than many expect.

Interview Advice: Research the council and its issues. Make sure you understand the aims of the council. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Cambridgeshire County Council at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Prepare for interviews and assessment centres well. For the NGDP assessment centres you should be able to show your leadership and awareness of challenges facing local government today (particularly financial).

Interview Advice: Make sure you know the councils you have interviews at as well as you can. They will be very impressed if you can show knowledge of some of the issues that that specific council is dealing with (e.g has it recently received significant funding through central government, like a city deal? Have there recently been problems in A and E wards in the area showing a real need to join up health and social care?). You should be able to find this on the council's website, in the council's business plan and in local news .

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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Kent County Council

Management Trainee, Adult Social Care at Kent County Council

Application Advice: Apply if you want a broad experience and want to gain a good footing in the public sector.

Interview Advice: Have some good examples of work you have done previously to showcase your skills.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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Kent County Council

Management Graduate, Kent Graduate Programme at Kent County Council

Application Advice: Give lots of examples of the experience you've had and explain these. Make sure you are backing everything up with examples that actually show you have the skill. Think outside the box as well, not all examples have to be work related.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and be prepared. Make sure you remember what you spoke about in your application and the examples you gave. Make sure you've thought about possible questions you could be asked and have an idea of how you would answer them. Do some research about KCC, as there is a lot going on that you will be expected to know about. Most importantly, be yourself. The interview is a formal situation, which some people find difficult. If you try and be as relaxed as possible, you'll make the situation easier for yourself.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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Capita

Capita LGS Graduate, LGS at Capita

Application Advice: Demomstrate the skills you can bring to the organisation, and in particular how you feel you can develop in the job - Capita are always looking for ambitious individuals with a great drive to develop and improve themselves

Interview Advice: Have a lot to say about times you have successfully worked in a team, and what your role in particular was within that team. You will also need to show initiative, or when you have taken on extra responsibility to get a job done

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Digital Service Manager, HMRC at Civil Service Fast Stream

Application Advice: Really think about why you want to be a Fast Streamer

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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Amey

Managment Graduate, Hampshire Highways at Amey

Application Advice: Get some work experience, 6 months - 1 year. No particular sector is really more relevant than another as Amey have so many contracts and roles to fill. Better to show your enthusiasm and willingness to get involved and drive your career forward.

Interview Advice: Be confident, listen to others views, especially in the group activities, and don't be afraid to stand out from the others.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

Internal Communications, Organisational Developmentt at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Be flexible, be willing to try different things and make the most of the opportunities you have - even if you have to create them yourself.

Interview Advice: Be the kind of person people want to work with. Have examples to back up questions about leadership, change etc - "tell me about a time when you did so and so..." - make sure you're talking about what YOU did not what WE did. Be enthusiastic.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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Kent County Council

Management Trainee/ Programme Coordinator, Specialist Children’s Services Transformation at Kent County Council

Application Advice: Ensure you evidence your skills and experiences clearly in the application.

Interview Advice: Learn about the KCC values and core competencies and incorporate these into your answers. Ensure you know what services the county council provides vs. the borough/district councils.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

Greenspaces Officer, Streets at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Think carefully about why you want to work in local government, what in particular makes you want to work in local government. Be realistic about the challenges local government faces.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Think lots about the local authority you are interviewing at - what are there strengths, what are the biggest challenges they are facing? What will you in particular bring to the local authority.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Improvement and Efficiency at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Be honest, be yourself, show the things you are passionate about and that you are willing to learn.

Interview Advice: You need to get a good balance of confidence in speaking and knowing what you are talking about. Do your reserach, make sure you know what is happening in the sector generally and in the specific area where you are applying.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Haringey Council at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Stick with the process, because it does feel like it takes a very long time!

Interview Advice: When you reach the interview stage, have a very clear idea of why you want to work specifically in local government, and really thoroughly research the council you are applying to, and what it's priorities are.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Public Health at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Be enthusiastic and positive. Do your research into current issues in local government, including what innovative councils are doing.

Interview Advice: By the time it gets to the interview stage you've already proved that you're good enough - what matters is your fit with the local Council. So do some research before making your choices.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Community Safety at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Be yourself, be enthusastic. You can be amazing at everything, but it will be you're enthusiasm & willingness to try new things that will get you far.

Interview Advice: - Know your stuff about the council you're interviewing with, even if its just one or two facts if you can namedrop them it'll look brill. - Be enthusastic, I cannot express this enough - it will make you stand out from the crowd. - Want to be in

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Islington Council-Schools Finance at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Only apply if you are fascinated in government and making a difference. Be yourself - don't turn in to a suit.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

, at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: When interviewing at individual Councils, do your research: look up their Corporate Plan, the structure of the Council, who their councillors are etc. Look up major difficulties or problems that the Council has faced and overcome in the past, or is currently facing.

Interview Advice: Why do you want to work in the public sector?

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Economic Policy at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Take each step at a time and understand the competencies the assessor is looking for at that specific stage. When it comes down to interviews, understand that it is about best fit with the right local authority.

Interview Advice: The interview is the least taxing part of the application process as your competencies have already been assessed. Stay confident, relaxed and understand that you are also understanding whether the host authority is the right place for you.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Business Change at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Research the council you are applying for- all councils are different in size, population, services offered etc.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Got to be dedicated to a public sector career and particularly local government.

Interview Advice: Interview is specific to the council you interview at so read up on the area, council priorities, big programmes etc

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

Nation, Older People’s Directorate at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Don't be afraid to go for this as an older applicant. Don't be afraid to go for it as a disabled applicant. There's a hugely wide range of people on the scheme, with vastly different levels of experience - if you're passionate, well informed and curious it will count for a lot.

Interview Advice: At the assessment centre: You're going to be talking about making difficult decisions - about savings / cuts, about political neutrality. This is the reality of the job. There are no right or wrong answers, just be confident and clear about why you've made the decisions you have. At interview: Learn as much as you can about local context. Be honest, it's about best fit.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

Management Trainee, Lewisham Council, Mayor’s Office at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Keep on top of the news and any policy changes that will directly effective council services. Follow the local politics and what the council is doing in your area and the Council that you plan to apply for. Try to get some experience of public service, this is easily done through volunteering, I think they like candidates who understand what front line services do and who they work with.

Interview Advice: Questions will be about the particular council you apply to. They might ask you why you chose them, so make sure you are aware of the key council policies and local issues they face. It is a management program so they will ask about past experience, or your style of management and give you a scenario, but don't worry they don't expect you to already be a manager. They will also have some questions about what you think Public Service is and what the council does. For most of these questions there are no right answers they just want to get to know you to see if you fit with he Council ethos.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

Nationa Management Trainee, Local Government at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Research local government and understand the challenges faced both current and future. Look at this from both a communities/societal prespective and a organisational prespective. The key to success in getting on to the scheme is demonstrating a passion for working in local government and wanting to make a difference whilst also demonstrating commercial acumen.

Interview Advice: Again, do your research. Every local authority is different and so they will want to know that you have an understanding of their ethos, values and the way in which they work.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Economy, Transport & Environment at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Do your research into what local authorities do and how they operate, do not get confused between the differences between central and local government or the responsibilities of county and district councils.

Interview Advice: Do your research about the councils, what their priorities are and know why you want to work for them, rather than another council.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Policy and Equality at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Research the local government system so that you understand the different types of councils and the nature of council mechanisms, such as the relationship between officers and councillors (or "members" as they are known). Attend a meeting of your local council. Get experience with a council or local charity, preferably in the area where you would like to work. Research the competencies the NGDP demands.

Interview Advice: Brush up on current social policy issues such as: welfare reform, government austerity policies and how they will affect DCLG. Research devolution policy and how central government interacts with local government. Which central government policies will affect local councils? Consider how your experiences might address the NGDP competencies. Consider whether central or local government policies are inherently good or bad policies, regardless of their political motivation. Try and anticipate the positive and negative impacts of policies.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

Public Health Strategist, Public Health at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Try and get experience where possible to get a feel for what is involved in local government, contact people for advice (most people enjoy talking about themselves and happy to talk through their experience).

Interview Advice: Learn about the council you are interviewing for, understand what makes their challenges different to other local authorities. Appreciate the difference between central and local government, particularly from a political perspective.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Islington Council at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Show why you want to work for local government rather than simply the public sector. Don't overcomplicate the assessments - be concise and to the point. Once you've got through the assessments don't think you've made it to the end of the road, you still then have to go and interview at councils who will have no knowledge of your performance in the assessments and only your application form to go by!

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Localities at Cheshire West and Chester Council at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Prior work experience within local government.

Interview Advice: Honesty, integrity and a passion for improving the lives of everyone within your area.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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National Graduate Development Programme

Graduate Management Trainee, Elmbridge Borough Council at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Read the questions properly, give examples of how you fit to the criteria. Try and develop some form of experience in working in Local Government, or for Charities that deliver some similar services or work alongside charities. Don't let the long application process put you off, if you are really interested in the scheme, don't be deterred. There is an initial application, and then a two assessment sessions. One of which is written, the second involves a presentation and group discussion.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, don't try to be someone else. Council's are looking for a person that fits to them, by the time you get to the interview stage they know you are qualified for the role. However they may be looking for a certain type of personality, to fit to the service areas that would be having a graduate. Before attending the interview try and get an understanding of the councils key issues and priorities a key project that they have worked on recently. Be willing to work anywhere in the country, it is more likely that you will get placed at a council if you are open to work anyway, as there will be greater opportunities for you. Working for a London Borough, doesn't give you any better opportunities then working elsewhere in the country. Understand the difference between different types of authorities, councils, boroughs and districts, and unitary authorities.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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NHS

General Management Trainee, South Central at NHS

Application Advice: Answer the questions directly and do the values test before applying, this is such a big part of the application process that if you don't get through it, the job probably isn't right for you.

Interview Advice: Relax and don't pretend to know things that you don't. Try to speak to a variety of different people who already work in the NHS and be aware of the current challenges and problems within the NHS.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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Kent County Council

Graduate Management Trainee, Graduate Management Stream at Kent County Council

Application Advice: The application experience (assessment centre/interview etc) can really help you learn a lot about yourself, even if you don't get the job. Think about specific examples of work/volunteering experience you have had to back up your application. There is a lot of publicly available information on KCC, do some research to help you.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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Kent County Council

Management Trainee, Kent at Kent County Council

Application Advice: Be open minded and positive, and you will get the most of it.

Interview Advice: Convey your enthusiasm for working in local government (i.e for the public.) Research/ think about why you want the job and what you want to get out of it before you begin.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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Amey

Assistant Project Manager, Strategic Highways at Amey

Application Advice: I would advise candidates to ensure their applications conveys a keeness to learn new skills, being IT literate, showing a sense of pride in their work and satisfaction in completing projects on time. Giving examples of delivering good customer service and showing examples of having a natural commercial/business accumen.

Interview Advice: I would advise applicants to wear full business dress. Speak clearly and use examples/ give evidence of times where you have achieved/displayed the skill in question. Prepare a presentation, maintain good eye contact, open body position and welcome questions.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Management (Civil Service)

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