Six new graduates with a range of qualifications took the first step onto the career ladder this week when they joined East Dunbartonshire Council.
Adam, Courtney, Glen, Marc, Nicola and Stuart met Joint Council Leader Andrew Polson as they began their year-long placement with the Council on its Graduate Programme.
They will join teams across the Council to work in their chosen field and gain knowledge and experience of the workplace. Details of the placements are:
- Adam has an Accounting Degree and will work with the Finance Team
- Courtney’s HR Management Masters will be put to use in Human Resources
- Glen is a Computer Science Graduate placed in the ICT Infrastructure Team
- Marc has a Civil Engineering Degree and will work with the Roads Team
- Nicola’s degree is in Risk Management and she will join the Business Change Team
- Stuart McAlister is an Accounting Graduate and he will work in the Finance Team
This is the sixth batch of Graduates to be employed by the Council on the programme over the last four years, bringing the total number of young people benefitting from it to 31.
Joint Council Leader Andrew Polson welcomed the group to the Council HQ and said, “The programme is designed to help develop these young people’s employability by offering skills training and practical work experience in tandem.
“It is a great opportunity and I was impressed by the calibre of the new team and by their enthusiasm as they prepared to get started. I am delighted to welcome them to the Council and hope that over the next year they learn from colleagues but also contribute their own ideas in their teams.”
Nicola is a former pupils of St. Ninian’s High School in Kirkintilloch and graduated in Risk Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. She said, “Growing up, I understood the value of a strong public sector and always felt drawn to a career within it. I am excited to have been given this opportunity to do something I feel passionately about.”
Heriot Watt Graduate and former Bearsden Academy student, Marc, added, “I was attracted to this Programme as I feel that there will be so much to learn in my field of Civil and Structural Engineering by working on Council projects. In particular I hope to gain experience around budgeting, timescales and deadlines and can’t wait to get started.”
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