Unlock your potential with Dorset Council 

Whether you're a student stepping into a new chapter of your educational journey or a qualified professional seeking rewarding opportunities, our Early Careers Toolkit is designed to be your compass. Packed with invaluable resources and career insights, this platform aims to elevate your aspirations and set you on a path to success. At Dorset Council, we are committed to nurturing and empowering the next generation of education and early years professionals. Discover the countless ways you can grow and make a meaningful impact with us.

Who is this toolkit for 

Navigating the path from education to employment can be both exciting and daunting. That's why we have crafted this Early Careers Toolkit. It's a reliable guide for different stages of this journey.  Below are the groups of individuals who will find this resource particularly useful. 

For school students (ages 13-18) 

At this early stage of your career journey our toolkit will help you discover:

  • career paths that might interest you
  • our apprenticeships opportunities

For sixth form and college students 

College is often the time when you start focusing on your career more seriously. Our toolkit offers:

  • advice on CV-building
  • help with applications
  • and the kinds of career opportunities available in different sectors at Dorset Council

For university students and recent graduates 

As you approach graduation, the transition to a full-time career becomes imminent. Use our toolkit to explore:

  • job openings at Dorset Council suited for entry-level candidates and recent graduates. 
  • support with interviews and applications

For first-time job seekers 

If you're looking to enter work for the first time, the prospect might seem overwhelming. Our toolkit aims to make this transition smoother by offering:

  • comprehensive guides on our application process
  • job opportunities and apprenticeships within our organisation

No matter where you are in your educational or professional journey. This toolkit will empower you with the resources you need to build a fulfilling career at Dorset Council. 


Hear from some of our employees 

Alex Payne, Construction Delivery Apprentice

‘I enjoy working at Dorset Council and Highways since it provides me with lots of opportunity to learn both on the job and on courses and apply those skills to real projects and schemes happening in my 

Paul Petford, Project Administrative Support Officer

‘Joining Dorset Council as an apprentice has proven to be the perfect first step into my new career in local government. My line manager and apprentice co-ordinator have supported and encouraged me to develop new skills and discover new passions.’

Terrie Mansfield, L&OD Assistant

‘The hybrid working at Dorset Council provides such a good work life balance and allows me to spend time working on my apprenticeship. I would thoroughly recommend the council as an employer of choice to not only work for but to develop your career.’

How our toolkit can help

Our toolkit will guide and empower people aged 13 to 26 as they embark on or advance in their careers. We have tailored our toolkit for students, recent graduates, and young professionals to provide a wealth of resources, job listings, and insightful advice.

Finding a job

You will find a broad spectrum of jobs from admin to social care, planning and lots more. As well as a wide range of apprenticeships opportunities. Unlike traditional career expectations, some entry-level and apprenticeship in the toolkit don't need experience.

To apply for the listed jobs, visit our careers page where. Following the provided instructions will guide you through the application process.

Support with all stages of your early career

It's not just jobs listings that you'll find in our toolkit, you'll also find help with:

  • writing your CV
  • tips for interviewing
  • a whole host support for your career development

Nurturing talent

We offer diverse opportunities for career development including:

  • on-the-job training
  • engaging workshop
  • clear pathways for advancement within our organisation for young professionals
  • dedicated coaching and mentorship programs

Learning throughout your career

In our commitment to continuous learning, we encourage and facilitate lots of internal and external training programs. Our aim is to empower you with the skills and knowledge needed for a successful and fulfilling career journey.

Talk to us

If you have additional questions, please reach out to our team at recruitment@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk