Graduates at Solihull Council

Graduate opportunities for 2024

Our graduate programmes starting in September 2024 will be advertised in early summer.

For future job opportunities for graduates, please sign up to job alerts at WM Jobs.

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With a range of 12 to 24 month programmes working in teams across the Council, our graduate opportunities are a great way to kick start your career within local government.

At Solihull Council, we’re committed to nurturing and developing future talent. Our graduates work in several experienced and supportive teams across the Council, offering valuable insights into a career within the public sector.

As a graduate, you will be given hands on responsibility and real-life projects where you can:

  • build your knowledge
  • develop technical expertise
  • make a real difference to our services and the lives of residents across the borough

With the support of a mentor throughout, you will have a tailored learning and development programme to support your personal development whilst building skills required for our future leaders.

Where you can work

Our graduates will be based in one of the following business areas:

Our commissioning team are responsible for strategy and service development within the Adult Care and Support Directorate.

The team:

  • research best practice
  • analyse local need and service availability
  • develop strategies and services to support improved care for vulnerable adults within the borough

As a Graduate Commissioner, you will provide support to the team with data analysis, research of emerging practice and engaging with partners and residents to develop services.

Our Business Intelligence and Improvement Division support the delivery of Council Plan priorities by:

  • conducting research and analysing intelligence
  • project management
  • policy development

The team also establish, review and plan approaches to encourage and embed business improvement across Solihull Council.

As a Graduate within Business Intelligence & Improvement, you will play a significant role in high-profile projects that support the Council’s priorities.

The Public Health Team is committed:

  • to protecting, promoting, and improving the health and well-being of the people of Solihull
  • supporting people to live longer and healthier lives by improving health and wellbeing
  • reducing inequalities

As a graduate in Public Health, you will be based within the Health Protection team and will be supporting our day-to-day health protection functions, as well as a series of projects of varying size and complexity. You will also contribute to the substance misuse agenda and help support new communities in Solihull.

Our Corporate Property Services Team are a team of professionals specialising in:

  • property maintenance
  • reactive repairs
  • cyclical servicing
  • planned and minor works

The portfolio of buildings includes public sector buildings, social housing, schools, academies and corporate buildings. The team form part of the Authorities Corporate Landlord structure providing all Hard Facilities Management as well as operating a highly successful trading arm providing services to external clients.

As a graduate based in our Corporate Property Services Team , you will gain broad experience of working within a public sector organisation and the construction industry. Working alongside experienced Surveyors, you will be responsible for a range of property maintenance and repairs services at Council premises within the Borough.

You will also receive training and support to complete your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). Your training programme will be designed to ensure that you are able to demonstrate the required level of knowledge, skills, and behaviours associated with becoming a qualified surveyor.

Achieving this qualification enables you to become a member of an accredited professional body for the industry such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). 

Our busy Communications Team:

  • take calls from journalists
  • respond to enquiries
  • write content
  • issue important press releases and statements
  • are responsible for the Council’s social media channels

As a graduate in our Communications team, you will be taking on campaigns to promote Council issues through traditional and digital channels, this could be anything from climate change and community clean-ups to initiatives to encourage healthy lifestyles. You will also work closely with the Mayor of Solihull to promote their engagements.

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Why Solihull Council?

At Solihull Council, we have seen first-hand the huge benefits graduates can bring, having run a variety of successful graduate internships since 2017. Our graduates become an integral part of our teams, getting involved with real projects and adding real value to significant public sector services.

As well as hands on involvement in projects to support our Council Plan, our graduates will have:

  • a tailored learning and development programme throughout
  • the support of a personal mentor
  • the ability to network and share ideas with other graduates across the Council

We also offer flexible and agile working and a competitive range of employee benefits including:

  • shopping discounts
  • a public sector pension
  • access to a healthcare cash plan

We have recently adopted smarter ways of working, which seeks to balance individual needs with service delivery. This is likely to include a combination of working from home and from our offices in central Solihull.


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Our immediate hire graduate programmes start in September 2024 and as such, you will need to have completed your degree (or be qualifying next summer) to apply.

To learn more about our graduate opportunities please select the link below. Here, you can sign up for job alerts and explore our range of graduate opportunities with WM Jobs.

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Apply for graduate roles with Solihull Council

If you have any queries regarding our graduate vacancies please contact the recruitment team directly at