East Dunbartonshire Council's Graduate Programme received a welcome boost this week as seven new starts joined the team.
The magnificent seven met the Council's Joint Leaders at the Marina HQ at the start of their year-long placement in local government.
They will work in services across the Council, bringing their enthusiasm, skills and knowledge while gaining invaluable experience of the workplace. The Council's new Graduates are:
- Derek is a Computing Graduate and will work in the ICT Infrastructure Team.
- Fiona is a Community Education Graduate and is taking up a position in the Human Resources Team.
- Michael has an Accounting Degree and will work with the Finance Team.
- Natalie is a history, Politics and International Relations Graduate and will work with the Innovation and Transformation Team.
- Nicky has a degree in Accounting and Finance and is taking up a position with the Procurement Team.
- Rebecca has a Business Studies Degree and will be working with the Business and Digital Change Team.
- Scott is a Mathematics and its Applications Graduate and is taking up a position with the Finance Team.
Joint Council Leader Vaughan Moody said, “It was great to meet our new starts and welcome them to the Council. Their energy and enthusiasm was infectious and I am sure that they will make an excellent contribution to their chosen teams, over the next twelve months. I hope they settle well into Council life and make the very best of this opportunity. I look forward to following their progress."
Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Leader added, "This is the seventh batch of Graduates to be employed by the Council over the last four years, bringing the total number of young people benefiting from our Programme to 38. I am delighted that as a Council we are continuing to invest in young people and our young workforce, offering them skills training and practical work experience in tandem."
New Graduate Natalie said, "I'm really looking forward to starting with the Council as the work I will be doing as a graduate all sounds very interesting and exciting, unlike anything I've ever done before.
"I was attracted to the Graduate Scheme because I've lived in East Dunbartonshire all my life and this seemed like a great opportunity to use everything I've learned at university to give back and help make a difference within the local community."
Fellow new-start, Nicky added, " As a graduate with little work experience, I was drawn to this opportunity as this programme is committed to helping graduates transition into the work place, continually learning and reflecting as they work.
"I am eager to get started and to meet my team. I can't wait to work with and learn from them and the Council is a great place for a graduate as the standards are so high."