Magazine article Public Finance

Notts Launches Innovative Employment Scheme

Magazine article Public Finance

Notts Launches Innovative Employment Scheme

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Public bodies in Nottinghamshire received more than 800 applications for an innovative training scheme that allows finance staff to work across different employers.

Up to eight graduate trainees will be employed and funded to study for their CIPFA qualification while working for the county council, six local district councils, the police authority, and the fire and rescue service. Training is to be provided by Nottingham Trent University's business school.

'The fact we have had so many applications tells its own story.' Paul Simpson, director of finance and procurement at Nottinghamshire County Council, told Public Finance, 'The way the graduate recruitment market is now, we should be able to attract high-calibre candidates.'

The applications are part of a wider regional programme, with 247 people choosing Nottinghamshire as their first, and a further 587 selecting it as second, third or fourth choice.

The Nottinghamshire scheme is similar to one set up in 2003 by the Society of London Treasurers, But the London programme is focused on joint recruitment, with trainees working solely for one borough. The Nottinghamshire trainees will rotate across the nine participating bodies. …

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