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Early Careers, Apprentices and Graduates

I live here, so I’ve seen how planning has helped Leicester change and prosper. It’s great to be here now and feel part of that.

Lolade Williams, Graduate Planner

Early Careers, Apprentices and Graduates

Lolade Williams, Graduate Planner

I live here, so I’ve seen how planning has helped Leicester change and prosper. It’s great to be here now and feel part of that.

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Early Careers with the council

We have a wide variety of early careers opportunities at the council, covering every one of our departments. Join us as an apprentice or a new graduate, and you’ll find a huge range of roles available. With a structured career path so you can see exactly where your career could take you. With training and development that allows you to build your skills and the support of our dedicated Young Employees’ Network, you’ll be learning and earning a good salary in a real job.

We offer apprenticeships in everything from cleaning to project management. Join us as a graduate and you could be applying your degree to transforming and improving the lives of everyone in Leicester. With the flexibility to move into different departments and benefit from our flexible working policy which could include working from home, as well as the chance to help shape the future of one of the UK’s most diverse cities, you’ll be able to build a rewarding and successful career.

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Starting your career at the council


We offer a wide range of apprenticeships at the council, including our popular trade apprenticeships that give you a good grounding in trades such as plastering, carpentry, painting and decorating, bricklaying and plumbing. You’ll have a clear career path, so you can see how you’re likely to progress, together with the support of a buddy and a mentor if you need them and a starting salary that matches the national minimum wage.

Graduate Opportunities

Join us as a graduate and you’ll be starting a varied and rewarding career. With a structured career plan, options to experience life in different departments and flexible working that offers real work/life balance, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to build a successful future. From giving vulnerable children hope, to attracting national and international businesses or creating a greener, more sustainable environment, you’ll play a key role in shaping the future of Leicester.

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Focus on … Graduate Planners

Planning here is one of the most exciting and rewarding roles you could imagine. From shaping the way the city works, lives and plays, to the details of managing traffic flows and creating a cleaner, greener environment, you’ll find a full range of challenges. With a recent government grant of £10 million to transform the city and an application for £100 million more in the pipeline, it’s the ideal launchpad for your career.

Meet some of the team


Business Administration and Support Apprentice, Neighbourhoods and Environmental Services

The apprenticeship scheme stood out because the council is disability friendly and there are opportunities to build my skills for future employability. It’s a hard working, fast-paced environment with a fair amount of pressure, but it’s always pleasant and friendly. The people don’t lose sight of why they do what they do - and importantly, who they do it for.

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Business and Administration Support Apprentice, Finance

The working environment is polite and friendly, and my colleagues have helped me to feel settled in the first few weeks. Management and leadership teams are helpful and listen to any concerns you have. They’re also committed to helping you develop in your chosen career path by offering guidance in which courses would suit your development.

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Graduate Project Officer, City Mayor's Office

After studying law at university, I wanted to explore the links between law and politics. Working in the City Mayor’s Office gives me a good opportunity to see and interact with the whole council. It’s a busy, interesting and sometimes challenging environment and I’ve been able to gain valuable skills. I’m proud to support projects that have a positive impact on local residents.

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Graduate Project Officer, Development Team

I joined the development team for the chance to work on a variety of regeneration projects and I’ve already had exposure to a range of high-profile projects. It’s a unique opportunity to see how the council encourages regeneration when the private sector isn’t investing in these areas. I’m also being supported to gain Royal Town Planning Institute accreditation.

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Graduate Project Officer, Planning, Transport and Development

I support the Planning, Development and Transportation team in delivering key regeneration projects around the city. I’m not only developing my understanding of planning and development, but I also get to improve a community I grew up in. It’s a dynamic and multidisciplinary role and as a graduate, I’ve also worked alongside senior leaders and key political leaders.

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Early Careers in numbers

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employees currently undertaking an apprenticeship (190 existing employees, 57 new employees)

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different types of apprenticeship courses currently being undertaken by our colleagues

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new starters in graduate and apprenticeship roles since 2017

Career progression

graduates and apprentices have gone on to secure another role with the Council

Customer satisfaction

retention rate for our apprenticeship programme (national average 64%)

Current Early Careers vacancies

Here are just some of the Early Careers vacancies that we currently have. Simply, click on the job title to find out more.

You can see all the jobs we have available by clicking the ‘Search all jobs’ button. But don’t forget, if you can’t find your perfect job right now, you can 'Register for job alerts'. That way, we’ll get in touch when a relevant job does come up.

We're always pleased to hear from talented people, so if you have any questions about the opportunities that we have available, or if there's anything else you'd like to know before you apply (or indeed during the application process), please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Email the resourcing team