Graduate Trainee – HR and Organisational Development

North Yorkshire
£19,698 - £20,493
26 Feb 2021
22 Mar 2021
Contract Type

We now have an exciting opportunity for a graduate to join our Central Services Team as a HR and Organisational Development Trainee. 

We are looking for a Graduate Trainee to drive and shape, through excellent and innovative practice, the development of a flexible, high performing and agile workforce. The HR/OD service provides a responsive and proactive service, delivering core HR advisory service with a wrap around service model including HR teams delivering Resourcing and Solutions, HR Shared Services, Training and Learning, Pay and Reward, Organisational Development.

The service delivers this broad range of functions across NYCC and also to external partners, giving a graduate the opportunity to develop a range of knowledge and experience of these functions, as well as an understanding of how they work together to achieve the development of a high performing workforce. In this role, the graduate will be involved in whole organisation change management activity.

Graduates who join NYCC are expected to:

  • Achieve the objectives set for them;  ask for help/clarity where needed;
  • Develop their knowledge through self-directed study – further research, reading and questions;
  • Fully participate in all training opportunities through on the job experience, mentoring and coaching and formal training and learning;
  • Work toward becoming a member/associate of the relevant professional body, where appropriate;
  • Make the most of the opportunities available within NYCC; and demonstrate NYCCs expected behaviours of:
  • Focussing on customers and communities;
  • Taking responsibility;
  • Working together;
  • Acting with Integrity
  • Building a culture of continuous improvement and innovation; and leading by example
  • Leading by example

This role would primarily be based within the Organisational Development team and would have full organisational reach and connection across all HR and OD service areas, to fully understand and support delivery of HR OD priorities aligned to the strategic workforce priorities.  There would be opportunity to become involved in key corporate aims, be instrumental in the development of tools and activities to achieve these aims, and to be innovative and creative in their delivery.  Particular focus would be to support organisation wide change management programmes and developing knowledge and skills to recognise the linkages across the organisation with HR and OD and how to influence and embed culture change. To build knowledge and experience, this Graduate role will rotate to priority areas within HR OD teams as required.

Discussion would take place with the graduate taking into account their career aspirations, professional and personal development needs and prior experience. This would ensure that the graduate has the best opportunity to secure required experience, skills and knowledge in terms of their own future career destinations whilst making an active contribution to the work of the Service.

Professional development needs would be identified through a variety of mechanisms including 1-1 and appraisal sessions, direct observations of work, coaching and modelling opportunities and constructive feedback from others.

The graduate would also be engaged with the corporate trainee development offer including those listed below:

Corporate Induction, Managers Induction, Aspiring Managers Programme, Senior Managers Seminars (led by the Chief Executive), Middle Managers Programme, Access to a suite of on line material, including Ashridge Management College, Graduate Network membership, including ‘lunchtime learning’, and Mentor support.

Graduate trainees will be offered the appropriate management skills training if they acquire staff to manage during their programme or to support their permanent placement following the graduate programme.

Essential criteria for this Graduate opportunity: Degree in HR or similar

Desirable criteria for this role: Relevant modules as part of degree programme focused or HR or culture / organisational development

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

Key dates:

Closing date: Monday 22nd March
Interview date: Friday 9th April  (Virtually)

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 Penny Yeadon (Head of HR) on 07970 845772 or via email

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