Graduates, Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Paid Internships & Work Experience

Hertfordshire County Council is committed to the development of young people through establishing the graduate, apprenticeship, traineeship, paid internship and work experience schemes within the County Council.


Stevenage Location

Farnham House / Robertson House,
Six Hills Way,
SG1 2FQ.

Apsley Location

Apsley Campus
Brindley Way,
Hemel Hempstead,
HP3 9BF.

County Hall

County Hall,
Pegs Lane, Hertford,
SG13 8DQ.


Hertfordshire Business Services,
Welwyn Garden City,
AL7 1FT.

Support Into Employment

Support Into Employment

Are you on your first step into the world of work and looking for a traineeship, apprenticeship or graduate scheme?  Or as an adult do you find it difficult to find employment because you might fall into one or more of the following categories:

Students in education Carers
School leavers People with Physical/Sensory disabilities
Care leavers People with mental ill health
Undergraduates Ex-service personnel
Graduates Lone Parents
Drug and Alcohol and Offenders Ex-offenders

If so, here at Hertfordshire County Council we are committed to supporting you onto an employment pathway and hopefully, ultimately, into employment.



Graduate Schemes

Are you looking for an exciting Graduate Programme that will challenge, stretch and inspire you?

We are looking for public sector leaders of the future and our 2-3 year graduate schemes can act as a springboard to roles of influence and inspiration. We will invest in and support you. This will give you the opportunity to provide the talent, innovation, academic ability and raw ambition we need to make a lasting impact, both throughout the programme and for years to come.

The public sector is facing unprecedented challenges whereby demand for our services is increasing but so are our budgetary pressures. Working alongside other service providers, we have to find new and innovative ways to continue to support some of the most vulnerable people in society and provide vital facilities and services which impact the daily lives of everyone in Hertfordshire. Hertfordshire County Council are searching for dynamic candidates who will get involved and have an influence in the services we deliver and how we deliver them, the challenges we face, and our strategies for the future. Your voice will be heard, and your opinions valued.

We offer the following Graduate schemes:

  • Finance
  • HR
  • Management


  • £23,166 - £32,164 pa
  • Postgraduate diploma
  • CIPFA Accountancy qualification (Finance Scheme)
  • Career Progression Scheme
  • Herts Rewards Package (including discounts from high street shops)
  • Generous Holiday Entitlement
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working

See for yourself what our Graduates have to say about their scheme.


Applications will open in January 2017

Graduate Recruitment: Management

Graduate Recruitment: HR

Graduate Recruitment: Finance

For more information please visit the FAQs

If you have any further queries or questions please e-mail




We want to help you kick start your career with a range of apprenticeships available at various locations throughout Hertfordshire. Roles include:

  • Building Maintenance
  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • IT
  • Engineering
  • Social Care

Our apprenticeships are designed for school or college leavers looking to start work. Whilst GCSEs and A-levels are desirable, they are not essential. People who are educated to degree level do not qualify for this opportunity.

With a salary of £14,975 - £15,823 per year, you will start on a one year fixed term contract. During this time you will learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills to gain a qualification whilst earning money at the same time.

To really benefit from the best training and opportunities, you need to be motivated and excited about a career with us. You will be someone who likes working within a team, a good communicator with a positive approach to the workplace and commitment to working flexibly to achieve what your department or team needs.

How to apply

You can register your interest for future apprenticeships. We’ll then be in touch shortly with the latest opportunities.

Paid Internships

Paid Internships

Internships are a brilliant way to gain practical and relevant work experience. You will be able to see if the career you were thinking about really is the one for you and it will look great on your CV.

Our paid internships are designed for university and college leavers in order to help you to develop invaluable skills with hands on experience in the working world. We have internships across a range of departments, teams and locations, from Graphic Design to Business Administration. You will receive between £15,207 and £16,231pa and will be placed on a fixed term contract which can vary from three months to one year.

You can look forward to the support and guidance you need, especially when undertaking new tasks. However, when you find your feet we’ll give you more and more responsibilities and independence.

How to apply

You can register your interest for future internships. We’ll then be in touch shortly with the latest opportunities.

Work Experience

Work Experience

We have lots of different services that offer work experience opportunities to 14-19 year olds through our Youth Connexions team. If you are a young person interested in spending some time with us to find out what we do and gain some key working skills, please get in touch with your school’s careers co-ordinator or contact Youth Connexions direct via for more information.





Traineeships with HAFLS


Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service (HAFLS) are really pleased to be offering our new Traineeship scheme for Hertfordshire residents aged 19-24 years old. Traineeships are a great way to increase your career chances by providing you with valuable work skills and improving your confidence to achieve your next step.

HAFLS offers a range of personal development and academic courses to Hertfordshire residents. HAFLS works with the 4 colleges in Hertfordshire as well as Voluntary organisations to ensure courses are accessible and based on the need of local people. Last year we enrolled over 13,000 learners on our courses.

If you want to gain real work experience, achieve qualifications and get free training in the process, then why not register to join our Traineeship programme today?

Our Traineeships are for 19 to 24 year olds and focus on skills in business and administration.  You will attend 4-5 days a week, for up to 12 weeks so that you can develop your workplace skills in employability, administration, maths and English.  The course also aims to improve your confidence and to help you plan your next steps to achieving your long-term goals.  On completing your Traineeship, you could consider progressing onto an apprenticeship, alternative employment or further education/training.

Within the Traineeship you will complete a 6-8 week work experience placement with a Hertfordshire employer.  The work placement is unpaid, but you will receive a contribution towards your daily travel and lunch costs.

Our traineeships are for young people that are not currently in education or employment and are in need of real work experience and training.   Whilst GCSEs are desirable, they are not essential as we will assess your levels before starting the Traineeship. If you have already achieved a full level 3 qualification in your education, you will not be able to apply for this opportunity.

Whilst on our Traineeship, you will receive training and will complete work experience that will help you:

  • develop your range of work skills during your work experience placement to add to your CV
  • achieve a Gateway Qualification at Level 1 in Skills for Business and Administration
  • achieve City & Guilds qualifications in Math’s and/or English (unless you already have A-C at GCSE)
  • gain a personal reference from the work experience provider
  • build up your knowledge, confidence and develop employability skills through training workshops
  • be better prepared and supported towards the next step in your career

To really benefit from our Traineeship you will need to be motivated to learn, be ready to apply yourself in a work environment, have a positive attitude and be ready to develop your skills for your future career. 

How to apply:

If you would like to register for our traineeships or for further discussions regarding traineeships, please contact Helen Castellon on

Health and Social Care Trainee Programme

Health and Social Care Trainee Programme

Adult Health and Social Care is growing and we are looking to provide a stepping stone opportunity for you to kick-start start your career in this exciting sector! This Trainee Scheme is designed for all abilities and will provide you with all the practical experience and knowledge to progress into the working world or on to a full Level 2 Health and Social Care Apprenticeship depending on what you want to do.

There are NO entry requirements for this programme, as all we look for is applicants aged 16-24 that have a genuine interest and dedication to care and self-development.  The programme lasts for 12 months, usually starting in September and pays £110 per week (plus 6 weeks paid holiday) as well as providing you with a Herts County Council contract. You will be closely mentored and supported throughout the programme and upon completion we will look to support every trainee's progress onto a Level 2 Apprenticeship, enter into employment or assist in furthering their social care qualifications.

What can you expect to be doing?

  • Be a valued and trusted member of a team, assisting senior staff to provide basic day to day care
  • Help support people to have choice, control and independence over their own lives
  • Assist and lead day to day activities for the members of your placement
  • Assist in delivering care for service users in a person-centred way

During your 12 months of being a trainee you will participate in 4 days of practical placement experience and 1 day of educational learning per week. This combination will help you to:

  • Achieve an Edexcel BTEC Level 1 Award in ‘Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care’ (QCF)
  • Achieve a Pearson BTEC Entry Level Award in ‘Health and Social Care’ (Entry3) (QCF)
  • Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social Care (QCF)
  • Completion of your Functional Skills ‘Maths and English’ to the required level
  • Develop your employability skills and confidence to build you as a valued future carer/support worker.

To find out more information regarding this trainee programme then please email or call on 01438 843269.

Applications are now open for Stevenage and for Hemel Hempstead


Additional support if you have a disability

Additional Support

If you have a disability or mental health issues and are finding it difficult to access employment and think you might need additional help, the Work Solutions Team may be able to help you.  If you would like to find out more please contact your nearest Work Solutions team.

If you are based in Broxbourne, East Herts, North Herts, Stevenage or Welwyn Hatfield contact our Stevenage office Work Solutions:

Farnham House
Six Hills Way

Phone 01438 844911 Minicom 01438 844913 Fax 01438 844912

If you are based in Dacorum, Hertsmere, St Albans, Three Rivers or Watford, contact our Hemel Hempstead office Work Solutions

Post point 8
Apsley One
Brindley Way
Hemel Hempstead

Phone 01442 454464 Minicom 01442 454460 Fax 01442 454488