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Consider a future in Local Government today


Our exciting new graduate scheme will give you the opportunity to expand your horizons whilst giving you the opportunity to work for the communities you live in. If you’re successful in your application, you’ll have the opportunity to spend nearly two years working in local government here in Somerset. Throughout your two years with us, you’ll have the opportunity to complete five placements (each with a duration of 4 months) in five different district councils:

  • South Somerset District Council

  • Mendip District Council

  • Somerset West & Taunton

  • Sedgemoor District Council

  • Somerset County Council 

This unique opportunity will present you with the chance to utilise your degree, providing you with a safe space to transform your education into workplace skills, putting you in strong stead to make the next step in your career with confidence in your capabilities.

Local Government in Somerset is adapting to external pressures and opportunities by facing challenges head-on.  Ambition, progressive thinking and collaboration internally and externally has led to contemporary local authorities who place customers, communities and their workforce at the heart of new operating models.   

Local Government is changing...

Commercial &

Income Generation










Anna Morrell,


My role has given me the chance to influence the way our customers see the council. Only now do I realise how valuable my skills are. 

Lauren Pilton,

Strategy & Commissioning

After university I was unsure of my options and with a lack of opportunities in the area, my choice was slim. But joining this scheme has opened doors to a career that I hadn't expected to pursue.

Stanley Norris, 


Within my role I am trusted to
make vital decisions based on the
knowledge that I have obtained
through my studies. Getting involved
with the team through social activities
held by the Council have helped build
that trust.




For any inquiries, questions or commendations, please fill out the following form

Contact us

Email: Graduates@southsomerset.gov.uk


Telephone: Caroline Allum on 01935 462191