A bit about us

We’re looking for talented Graduates to join our new two-year Graduate scheme at Somerset County Council. If you’re looking for an impactful career, join us, and we’ll give you a wealth of experience and support – as you take on challenging real-world projects that improve the lives of our residents, communities and businesses in the beautiful county of Somerset.

What we can offer you

You’ll have access to a comprehensive learning and development programme that will support the development of your professional and personal competences and skills. This will include coaching, online and blended learning, using our people attributes framework, alongside wider management and leadership training.

We recognise the importance of a good work life balance and do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including some working from home, compressed hours and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a self-motivated Graduate wanting to develop their skills and experience in local government economic development. The role is based in the Economy and Planning Group as part of the Economic Policy Team. The post is full-time fixed-term contract for 24 months initially (subject to successful progression). There is potential for the position to become permanent if a substantive position become available.

The role will involve supporting the Senior Economist in the gathering, analysis and interpretation of economic intelligence to inform policy work. This will include work being undertaken in response to COVID-19, the Climate Emergency and Britain’s exit from the European Union. You will also support Employment and Skills activity being undertaken by the Policy Team.

A few things about you

You will be a graduate (Degree, HND or Higher Apprenticeship), preferably in one of the following subject areas Economics, Politics, Political Science, Statistics, Business Studies, and have graduated within the last 3 years.

You will be committed to a career in local government

You will have strong research and analytical skills and be able to gather, collate and interpret data

You will be highly literate and numerate and able to present information in a variety of ways to ensure that it is accessible to a wide range of audiences

You will be a strong communicator and able to do this through a variety of mediums

You will be able to demonstrate the ability to manage conflicting deadlines

You will have strong IT literacy, be familiar with Microsoft Office applications (including Excel) and able to use the internet effectively for research

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