Graduate Scheme 2019

Posted: 30th January 2019

Insight into the life of a Graduate - Part two

It’s been four months since I joined Hertfordshire County Council as a graduate management trainee, and what a four months it’s been. But the fun is only just beginning as we have just moved into our first placements – as those of you who are hosting a grad will know!

In our cohort we have India supporting Community Protection, Kez in Adult Care Services, Maddy in Children’s Services, Laura in Environment & Infrastructure, and Kate in Public Health. I’ve begun working in a split placement with the Admissions and Transport team in Children’s Services and the Contract Management Team in Environment and Infrastructure. A big thank you to all the teams, services, and individuals who have already made this a rewarding and valuable experience.

For me, I’m really proud to be working with the services and teams that I’ve just started getting to know. Currently I’m supporting projects to help improve the way we deliver home-school transport to SEND students, deliver a renewed Travel Training service for young people, and review our home-school travel policy for 19-25 year olds. I’ve found seeing how we support our SEND students and having the opportunity to work with operational teams who make a real difference is a great experience and a real motivator.

Working in local government is really challenging at the best of times – we’re caught between delivering high quality service, sometimes for extremely vulnerable people and the constant drive for increasing financial pressures on the other. However, in this difficult environment it is great to work with innovative people who care about their services, understand their service users, and share this caring attitude between staff in the office.

This is what makes Hertfordshire County Council a great place to work, and I look forward to continuing to be a part of it!

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