Shropshire Council is looking to 'recruit, develop and retain talent ' after re-launching its Graduate Programme for university finishers.

The previous graduate scheme ended in 2015 and this new, refreshed scheme better reflects the new challenges facing the council and the strategic direction it is now taking.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council cabinet member with responsibility for the programme, is delighted to be able to re-start the service.

He said: “We’re very excited to be relaunching our Graduate Programme.

"As a council, we are proactively working to attract new people to live, learn and work in Shropshire, and equally, providing opportunities for our current residents.

“The programme will offer successful applicants a fantastic opportunity to work in a fast-paced, forward thinking council and to contribute to some important projects during a challenging yet exciting time at Shropshire Council.”

Successful applicants will join a fast-paced public sector environment in which they will build and develop skills and gain experience in project management.

Kate MacDonald, Graduate Programme manager, added: “I gained a place on Shropshire Graduate Programme in 2011 and was part of the second cohort.

"The graduate programme provided me with some fantastic opportunities and I was able to develop myself professionally, learn new skills and participate in some fantastic projects.

“The most rewarding part of the scheme was being part of projects which made a difference to communities and residents in Shropshire.

"Since the finishing the graduate programme, I have worked as a voluntary sector development officer and progressed into an insight officer role in 2015.

"I have recently been successful in gaining the role of Graduate/Apprenticeship manager and I am extremely passionate in inspiring and developing new talent for the future.

“I would encourage anyone eligible for the new programme to apply and take up the challenge as it is definitely a fantastic opportunity.”

Applicants can apply for the Graduate Programme at

The closing date for applicants is Monday, July16.