Graduate Trainee – Effective Practice and Quality Assurance

Northallerton, North Yorkshire
£19,698 - £20,493
06 Jan 2021
31 Jan 2021
Contract Type

Job Title: Graduate Trainee – Effective Practice and Quality Assurance

Location: County Hall, Northallerton  
Grade: E, F, G 
Salary: 1-6 months £19,698, rising to £20,493 after 6 months and then £22,627 for the final 12 months of the scheme. 
Contract: 2 years fixed term position as part of the NYCC graduate programme 
Hours: Full time, 37 hours per week 

Directorate: CYPS

Service: Children and Families

Responsible to: Head of Effective Practice

We now have an exciting opportunity for a graduate to join our Children and Young People Services (CYPS) Team as an Effective Practice and Quality Assurance Trainee. 

The Effective practice and Quality Assurance team cover a range of areas, which give the opportunity for a range of learning experiences. ‘Partners in Practice’ sits within the team and this is likely to continue in some format into 2021.

This would enable the graduate trainee to interact with other local authorities, sector led improvement and work alongside the internal understanding excellence programme on this transformation programme. This would include the opportunity to engage with national partners, the Department for Education deliver presentations and reports internally and learn about complex organisational structure etc. There is also the opportunity to engage in work preparing for inspection, quality of practice, project management, workshops, training and learning, the organisation of events etc as part of the team. Additional opportunities include working with young people involved in the participation, user feedback work, working with the PSW to understand Social work practice, career pathways, learning and development, recruitment, retention and succession planning. 

Benefits of working and learning in this team are that a wide range of activities can be accessed which will give a range of varied learning opportunities and skills and knowledge development. This in turn would give a graduate trainee a good understanding of the CYPS department as a whole and within NYCC; including some innovation work, national research projects and novel approaches to practice therefore this has implication on a regional and national level offering bigger picture learning and opportunities. 

Graduates who join NYCC are expected to:

Ø     Achieve the objectives set for them;  ask for help/clarity where needed;

Ø     Develop their knowledge through self-directed study – further research, reading and questions;

Ø     Fully participate in all training opportunities through on the job experience, mentoring and coaching and formal training and learning;

Ø     Work toward becoming a member/associate of the relevant professional body, where appropriate;

Ø     Make the most of the opportunities available within NYCC; and demonstrate NYCCs expected behaviours of:

o     Focussing on customers and communities;

o     Taking responsibility;

o     Working together;

o     Acting with Integrity

o     Building a culture of continuous improvement and innovation; and leading by example

The role would support across the team so the ability to be able to manage multiple competing demands across a range of diverse projects would be necessary. To demonstrate the ability to learn quickly and analyse complex information in order to translate this into presentations, documents or reports for a wide range of audiences. To be able to learn about social work practice, quality assurance, research, participation and the wider government’s transformation program for social work to support NYCC with its current work program including the internal CPD offer for staff and career progression pathways, retention work and succession planning.

Essential criteria for this Graduate opportunity: A degree plus GCSE Maths and English pass

Desirable criteria for this role: Degree in social policy, criminology, psychology, sociology, project management ability

Start your journey to a great career and join us as a graduate. 

Key dates: 

Closing date: Sunday 31st January 2021 
Interview date: 11th February 2021 

Visit our dedicated campaign page to learn more about our fantastic Graduate Programme and hear from our recent Graduates.  

If this role sounds like it could be for you, and you would like to gain more information, please call Sam Clayton (Head of Effective Practice PIP) on 07811 665 858 or by email

Enhanced Level DBS Disclosure is required for appointment to this post, this cost will be met by the employer.

NYCC are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies.

We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.