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8 North Ness Lerwick, ZE1 0LZ
£29,848 - £30,813.33 per year
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37 hours per week

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Graduate Development Programme 2024

Graduate Project Officer x 8 posts

£32,590.00 - £33,555.33 per annum, inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance.

Shetland Islands Council is delighted to be recruiting for our new Graduate Development Programme to give talented and enthusiastic people the opportunity to develop their careers within our organisation.

  • Are you an ambitious graduate, who is motivated to learn, has excellent communication skills and enjoys taking on new challenges?
  • Would you welcome a unique opportunity to begin a rewarding career in local government, whilst being supported by a mentor to work on exciting projects?

If so, this could be the perfect post for you!

Our Graduate Development Programme is a 2 year supported skills development and career management opportunity, that will place you at the heart of the Council, giving you opportunities to jumpstart your career in local government.

Structure of the programme:

  • During the 2 years programme, you will work as a Graduate Project Officer. You will work on several different projects, across Council service areas, gaining a wide range of experience and skills.
  • Placement on certain projects will be guided by your work preferences, interests, or skills/knowledge.
  • Following successful completion of the 2 years programme, you will be supported to transfer into a suitable vacancy to continue a rewarding career with the Council.
  • You will have a mentor from the leadership team.
  • You will undertake on-the-job training and qualifications.
  • Your employment status will be permanent.

Learning and Development:

As Graduate Project Officer, you will enjoy the opportunity to:

  • Provide excellent service and show promise as a leader, by working hard to fulfil your potential.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, build internal networks and work alongside stakeholders and partners.
  • Build and enhance your knowledge by gaining exposure to a variety of business environments, processes and systems.
  • Demonstrate project management skills as part of a team delivering change.
  • Take personal responsibility, build your confidence and respond positively to challenges.

Furthermore, the Graduate Development Programme presents an exciting opportunity for you to combine a rewarding job with a training programme relevant to your project area/s, including on-the-job training and the chance to work towards a Professional Development Award in Project Management qualification (SCQF8). You will also enjoy the benefit of an allocated mentor from the leadership team, who will assist you in developing skills for your personal and professional growth.

Following successful completion of the two year Graduate Development Programme the Council will remain committed to your professional development throughout your career with the Council.


  • Excellent Salary and Conditions
  • Distant islands allowance
  • Generous holiday entitlement and flexible working options
  • An inspiring work environment, varied workload and first-rate career development opportunities.
  • Gaining experience collaborating with various stakeholders, including those involved with major and national developments
  • An opportunity to gain a Project Management qualification (SCQF8) and forge a rewarding career in Local Government.


  • An Honours or Post Graduate Degree (in any discipline) achieved within the last 3 years (for those completing their degree this year, successful candidate status would be subject to you gaining the qualification).
  • You must have the right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, this post/programme does not meet eligibility criteria for visa sponsorship.

The graduate programme is designed to give you a broad and diverse experience of how the Shetland Islands Council works, where you can contribute to the delivery of our vision and values.

Your duties and job roles will vary during your programme. Please see the attached job profile and information pack.

More detail is provided in the Job Profile, Person Specification and Conditions of Service Summary attached to the bottom of this advert.

Please follow the link(s) below for further information -

  • The grade of this post is H
  • Salary shown in the advert is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance of £2,742 per annum
  • Eight Permanent Full Time post for 37.0 Hours per Week , 52.18 weeks per year
  • A relocation package does not apply to this post
  • We will pay interview expenses from within Shetland
  • We are happy to talk flexible working

During the application process you are required to give the names of two persons not related to you, who we can contact to provide a reference to support your application.

This post is based at Various Locations.

For further details relating to this post, please contact: Jackie Watt, Team Leader – Workforce Development on 01595 744679 / Email:

Interviews will take place week commencing 24 June 2024.

This post will start in September 2024.

Find out more about:

  • Living and working in Shetland: here
  • The Shetland Islands Council: here

If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online, please call 01595 744032.

Information about Shetland

Shetland is an archipelago in the north of the British Isles where you'll find freedom, wildlife and wild beauty, but also a rich culture and dynamic, forward-looking society. The Islands have a thriving and diverse economy full of opportunities and offer residents the ideal work/life balance. Shetland combines stunning coastal landscapes and wide open spaces with friendly, bustling island communities. Factor in Shetland's impressive modern amenities, highly regarded schools and the Islands offer a work life balance rarely found elsewhere.

Find out more about:

Living and working in Shetland: here

The Shetland Islands Council: here



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