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Nottinghamshire County Council launches virtual work placement programme

A new virtual work experience programme has been launched by Nottinghamshire County Council to give placements an opportunity to explore career opportunities with the authority.

The Work Experience Induction Module has been designed to reflect the changes in the way the council operates since it introduced a hybrid workplace model following the Covid-19 pandemic.

It primarily gives people on placements an understanding of council life, its structure, democracy, and what services it offers – as well as providing them with access to online learning courses.

Lyndsey Woolmore, Skills Development and Employment Team manager at the county council, said: “This is the first step in engaging with the workforce of the future by providing them with an opportunity to explore career opportunities available with Nottinghamshire County Council.

“The way we operate has changed over the past few years, especially in the wake of the pandemic, which has seen many more of our employees work in a hybrid way.

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“This means people are working more remotely from their offices either at home or at an office base closer to where they live.

“Therefore, as a result, we have developed a hybrid work experience model that reflects the way or employees now work.

“We believe our new virtual work placement programme will give placements a better insight into the council’s departments, range of opportunities and careers with us.”

Work to create the new module has been led by Jade Daft, who is an apprentice on the council’s successful Graduate Development Programme.

The council is currently developing a second phase of the programme, which will be a learning platform offering those on placements an opportunity to delve deeper into the range of careers – with modules designed to build knowledge, skills and understanding of some of the roles the council offers and how this work meets its corporate priorities.

Councillor Gordon Wheeler, Cabinet Member for Personnel, said: “Here at Nottinghamshire County Council we pride ourselves in having a skilled workforce which can innovate and react to the challenges of delivering effective and efficient public services.

“In recent years we’ve had to assess and look at the way we work, and the launch of our new virtual work placement programme reflects those changes – particularly at a time when more people have the option to work remotely or office-based.

“The new webpage looks fantastic, is easy to use and I’m sure people on placements who use it will find it hugely beneficial as they look to fulfil their ambitions and visions for their futures.”

You can visit the online work experience module here.

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