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About The Service

Internal applicants are not eligible to apply for this post. To be eligible to apply for this role you must live in Cardiff. Please check your postcode falls within the boundaries of Cardiff here:

Cardiff Council is a local government organisation responsible for delivering over 700 different services to our citizens, visitors, and businesses across Cardiff. It is important to us that our workforce better reflects the communities we serve and therefore our Corporate Trainee Scheme offers candidates living in Cardiff an exceptional opportunity to join us in a variety of Trainee roles in one of our teams.

Our Education Directorate is looking to employ 2 Corporate Trainee Project Officers within our Cardiff Commitment Team, based at home with some face to face time at County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, CF10 4UW

The Cardiff Commitment is a vision that all directorates across the council, and external partners, are dedicated to delivering. It sees no child or young person left behind and ensures all young people make a successful transition to ongoing education, training or employment on completion of their statutory education aged 16.

Through school, employer, community and higher and further education partnerships, the Cardiff Commitment raises aspirations and delivers ambition, opportunities and skills which will encourage and support Cardiff pupils to fulfil their potential and contribute to the economic growth of our capital city. 

About the job

The Cardiff Commitment has a diverse programme of activity across the council and the Trainee will learn how to plan and prioritise tasks and develop time management skills.

In this Corporate Trainee role you will develop a raft of transferable skills, which will assist you in pursuing a career in a variety of project officer or project management roles. These are roles which are in demand in Cardiff and South Wales and this will put the trainee in a good position for the future when applying for other roles.

In this role you will support our service and will also learn to develop:

  • Project officer skills such as the ability to organise project meetings, maintain documents, attend project meetings, take minutes, maintain and update documents, identify project problems or risks, manage the schedule and help us to get feedback to improve future projects via surveys and focus groups with stakeholders e.g. children and young people, schools , businesses etc.
  • A logical approach to analysis and problem solving will be acquired and the ability to think ahead and keep calm under pressure.
  • Communication skills - as the programme has a range of stakeholders from senior council staff, school senior management and business leaders to young people, parents and carers.
  • Opportunities for networking with a variety of internal and external stakeholders across the city will be provided and the trainee will be able to explore and learn how to interact in a variety of settings.
  • Creativity and innovation - to take ownership of aspects of the programme which are underdeveloped and gain experience to consult and evaluate the programme.

The Trainee will also learn to be tactful and a good listener and will become skilled at speaking well in front of groups of people.

The team will support the Trainee to develop confidence in their own decision making and foster self-motivation to encourage the Trainee to be the best that they can be.

The service team will help and encourage you to develop in the role and you will be encouraged to take on a variety of duties. You will receive supervision and on the job training and will have a named mentor to support you to deliver an efficient and effective service in a positive, customer-focused manner. The Corporate Trainee Scheme also provides opportunities to enhance your transferrable skills to help support your career progression.

We are moving to online and homeworking working and you will be encouraged to develop the skills to support this. Where homeworking is required, you will be given the necessary equipment however, you will need to arrange your own internet connectivity.

What We Are Looking For From You

Our customers depend on us to keep delivering services even in the most challenging of times. We are looking for individuals who are interested in our work, keen to learn in the role and in helping us making a difference to our customers by delivering exceptional public services in Cardiff.

Our Corporate Trainees gain valuable experience working for the largest Council in Wales. Whilst we cannot guarantee that the appointed candidate will go on to secure a further role at the end of this initial contract, they will be supported and encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities available within our organisation, in order to progress their career.

Additional information

If after reading the job description, you have any questions about the role please contact Carly Davies

This post is not suitable for post share.

This post is temporary for 6 months for a full time employee or longer for a part time employee. Most roles are based on a 37 hour week although many roles can be worked on a part time basis.

This salary is subject to the Living Wage Supplement that tops up the basic rate of pay to £9.30 per hour. The supplement will be reviewed every April. Cardiff Council reserves the right to make any changes to, or removal of, the Living Wage Supplement.

You should tailor your application to the role and state how you meet each of the criteria. Please do not submit a CV as this is unlikely to provide the information needed. Please read the guidance on how to apply.

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We welcome applications in both English and Welsh. Applications received in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than English applications.