Grow Our Own - Returner Programme

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Competitive Salary.
03 Oct 2018
02 Nov 2018
Contract Type

12-month Returner Programme

The Organisation

Aylesbury Vale District Council is an ambitious forward-thinking local authority leading the way in the delivery of services and challenging the way that local authorities work.  We are based in Aylesbury within a state of the art working environment, and our vision is to secure the economic, social, and environmental wellbeing of the area.

What are we offering?

We are offering a 12-month programme to support returners to the workplace.  It will include a 12-month structured programme where you will have the opportunity to work across a range of different teams and learn more about the wide variety of roles and specialisms within the District Council while refreshing your skills and building confidence. 

What are we looking for?

At AVDC we believe that the right behaviour is vital to high performance.  What we need from you is energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.  Flexibility and a willingness to challenge the status quo are also valued.  Contracts will be for 12 months with a minimum of 20 hours per week.  We are happy to discuss individual circumstances and where possible adapt to suit your needs. 

The heart of the programme

The heart of the programme is about building confidence and skills and offering returners an opportunity to refresh existing skills and develop some new ones before deciding permanently on their next career move.

You will start with a structured induction programme and then be supported by an experienced mentor throughout the programme who will provide guidance, information, and emotional support to help you to integrate back into the workplace.  There will also be a series of supporting learning events to help to refresh your skills and develop new ones.  

Interested? To find out more why not attend our Insight event on October 15 at The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, between 9:30 and 13:00.  To book a place please click apply below.

What will we offer?

We can offer real flexible working patterns, childcare vouchers, full and part-time opportunities, supported by a wide range of development opportunities.   You will be supported by an experienced mentor who will provide guidance, information and support to help you to integrate into the workplace.  Salary will be between £21,000 and £29,000 depending on prior experience.  We may be able to pay more for exceptional candidates.

We are offering opportunities across 3 areas:

  1. Service Delivery
  2. The Customer Relationship team is a fast paced, forward thinking and a customer focused team which takes pride in the delivery of frontline services for the residents and customers of Aylesbury Vale.  If customer contact and interaction is your area of interest, then the service delivery stream might be the one for you.  We will offer opportunities to work in administration and customer contact and also within our statutory services.  We utilise leading edge digital technology, so this stream will give you the opportunity to refine your skills bringing them up to date using the latest digital technology.
  3. Leadership
  4. Our forward-thinking leaders are always striving to stay ahead of the competition in delivering innovative services.  If you are an experienced leader and want to refresh your skills why not consider a role within our leadership stream? This stream will offer an opportunity to manage and lead a team in our customer fulfilment sector.
  5. Technical/Professional
  6. Local government has a wealth of technical and professional roles which have a real impact on the local community.  Ever wondered what it would be like to work in Town Planning, Licensing, Building Control, Housing, Revenues and Benefits or Environmental Health?  Then the technical/professional stream might be of interest to you. This option will provide a series of placements within these technical streams giving you the chance to learn more about what is involved.  Don’t worry if you haven’t got a background in these areas, the scheme will support you through a number of placements giving you the opportunity to learn more about what is involved. This is an opportunity for you to refresh your skills, learn new ones and to possibly develop a new career path where you can have a real impact on the community.

At the end of the 12 months, if you are enthused and keen to return to work permanently, then you may be able to apply for a permanent role.  If you are successful, we will support you to formally qualify in your chosen field. (as long as certain conditions are met)

We have opportunities across a wide range of areas of specialisms to help you develop your work skills while building confidence at work. You’ll also learn more about the wide variety of opportunities that a local authority has to offer before deciding on your chosen career path. 


Closing date for applications Monday 5 November 2018

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