People in a office

Our graduate scheme is so much more than a job.

  • From your first day, you'll have the opportunity to make a change.
  • You'll get personalised development focused on helping you build your career and become a leader.
  • You'll make a real difference on issues that matter and affect our residents, services and the whole organisation.

Our passion is people

  • We deliver a broad range of services to more than 1.1 million people.
  • We're close to the communities we serve, working with a wide range of partners to provide services that people need.
  • As graduates you get the opportunity to work across a range of key services we deliver. Placements are based where the most interesting and stretching pieces of work are together with each graduate’s skills, areas for development and personal preferences.
Office accommodation
Some of our recent graduates

We'll reward you for working with us.

  • £23,866 - £33,136 p.a with access to a Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Flexible working with a generous holiday entitlement and Herts Rewards discounts.
  • Career progression scheme and development programme.

About our scheme

  • You’ll receive a personalised 2 year development programme which fast tracks graduates towards a senior management career.
  • You’ll be welcomed into the organisation meeting your fellow grads and a peer buddy already on the scheme, as well as your placement manager.  
  • Through our Autumn Academy and wider scheme you’ll receive a range of training, workshop and development days focussed on key management competencies and have the chance to mentor an apprentice as they take the early steps on their career journey.
  • Throughout the scheme you’ll be given the opportunity to work across our service departments undertaking interesting and stretching work.
  • You’ll see how our front line services work and how they are managed. You may spend time working in one of our external partners in the NHS, other local councils or voluntary sector organisations.
  • You’ll spend time with our senior leaders (including our Chief Executive and Leader of the Council) and work with a senior manager mentor to help you focus on developing your career path.


What our grads say

"The graduate scheme has continually challenged me which has helped me to develop skills I didn't know I had." – Jenny

"Everyone has been extremely welcoming and it’s clear that the council values the graduate scheme very highly." – Ashton

"I have worked alongside senior managers, county councillors, frontline staff and providers, at every level of service, from back office to frontline. Yeah, the learning curve has been steep – but it’s also exhilarating. " – Lucy

 Who we're looking for

A great candidate is someone who:

  • wants to make a positive difference
  • has a 2:1 degree or higher
  • wants to work with others and be part of a team
  • is a strong communicator who can relay information, influence people, build working relationships and present themselves confidently
  • is up for tackling complex issues where they need to think strategically and use their analytical skills to make sense of information
  • wants to be a future leader
  • is resourceful and uses their initiative.

Graduate scheme 2019

Our application process for Graduate Scheme 2019 is now closed.