nottinghamshire cooperative graduate scheme a huge success


An innovative recruitment model in Nottinghamshire has proved popular with more than 550 graduates expressing interest for only seven positions. It is so popular and the calibre of candidates so high that an extra position was made available, bringing the total to eight.

Eight graduate trainees will be employed and funded to study for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CIPFA) specialist public finance qualification at Nottingham Business School. These trainees will be shared between nine local authorities some of whom can only afford or only need a part time member of staff.

The county council, six district authorities, the police and crime commissioner and the fire and rescue authority are all working together to find the finance staff of the future through this new cooperative model.

The scheme is overseen by Nottinghamshire County Council and sees the graduates moving between each body. The successful candidates are likely to start working from June, and while working will train for their qualification as a chartered public finance accountant (CPFA).

Paul Simpson, Director of Finance & Procurement at Nottinghamshire County Council, said:

“Applicants went through a rigorous assessment process which ended with 15 graduates from over 550 being interviewed for the 8 posts. The successful applicants are from a range of backgrounds and their calibre is incredibly high. This scheme should equip them with the skills and experience they need to become the finance leaders of the future.”



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