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Trainee Engineers (Dorchester)

Salary details: £18933 - £19698

Dorset Council
Occupational group
Salary details
£18,933— £19,698
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Fixed Term
John Burridge
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 225366
Closing Date
16 May 2021 11:30 PM
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Trainee Engineers

37 hours per week - Fixed term for 1 year

£18,933 - £19,698

County Hall, Dorchester

The Highways Service of Dorset Council is looking to offer 12 month long industrial placements to three undergraduate students studying civil engineering. The placements will start in Summer 2021 and would be suitable for students who have completed 2 years of study.

Your placement would be in one three teams. The teams are 10-12 people in size and you will be become an essential member of the team.

Development Team – An established and dynamic team that ensures the design and construction of new infrastructure built by external developers meets the required standard to be adopted by Dorset Council. Workstreams also include co-ordinating input from specialist teams and providing pre-planning advice and comments on planning applications relating to potential highway infrastructure.

Highway Improvements Team – the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) Team within Highway Improvements are charged with the design and delivery of pedestrian and cycle improvements in the east of the County. The TCF is a partnership project between BCP and Dorset Council’s.

Bridge and Structures Team – known as the ‘Bridge Team’ is responsible for managing and maintaining the bridges and retaining walls withing the Dorset Council area. Projects can vary from repairs, refurbishment and replacement through to providing new structures.

You will be able to express a preference for one area of work but your appointment could be to any of the teams.

What you will be doing

Dorset Council is a local authority providing services to the residents of Dorset. The Highways Service operates both in a traditional way, providing design and construction with its own directly employed staff, and also by commissioning work from consultants and contractors.

The work across the teams is likely to be predominantly office based work with some visits to site. It is anticipated that from the end of June 2021 that County Hall, Dorchester will reopen and that will be your office base. Dorset Council is moving towards a mix of home based working and working from the office. You will be issued with a laptop on commencement and after a period of settling in you may be offered the opportunity to work from home for part of the week.

The work across the teams is varied and will at times be challenging. The work is project based and over the year you will have the opportunity to see examples of projects at all stages from inception to completion. You will be closely supervised and supported by more senior team members to prepare technical information in support of their work to meet priorities and deadlines.

The experience will enable you to gain a real life perspective of how highway works are delivered.

About you

The post is aimed to provide a period period of development and training in industry for a person with good numeric skills studying Civil Engineering or a related discipline. Previous experience is not necessary but the successful candidate is expected to be :

  • Willing to study and learn.
  • Computer literate.
  • Flexible – the work may vary across the year
  • Prepared to communicate with stakeholders in writing, in person and by telephone

And to demonstrate Dorset Council's corporate behaviours:

  • Respect the views and beliefs of others
  • Take responsibility for your own actions
  • Give recognition to the achievement of others
  • Collaborate through working within a team environment

Working at Dorset Council

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity.

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services. 

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together.

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

Additional Information

This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required.

Dorset Council uses generic job descriptions and person specifications and therefore the job title in the attachments on the right may differ from the job title in the advert. Further specific information may be provided in a context statement where relevant.

This role is UK based and your Right to Work will need to be established as part of the appointment process.

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