Previous Article Next Article Through its Undergraduate Planning Placement scheme, thecouncil entices undergraduate students who are going into their final year ofstudy to choose council work placements over more traditional summer jobs. Portfolio holder for resources, Chris Oxley, said theplacements were preferable to ‘peripheral’ jobs, which students take to makeends meet, and that the scheme would persuade them of the benefits of furtheremployment in local government. “You have to remember life can be pretty difficult forstudents. They are short of money and they worry about getting a job after theyqualify.” Oxley said the scheme also gave a huge boost to the planningdepartment, as the ‘mountains of work’ were decreasing and bosses wereperceived as acting on staff concerns. Students spend three months in the council’s planningdepartment and earn £230 a week helping planners on site and in the preparationof reports about potential building development. Council blueprint for homegrown talentOn 25 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today The scheme has proved a success, with two students on summerplacement opting to stay until February, before taking up full-time planningtraining. St Albans City and District Council HR has adopted a ‘growyour own’ policy to help meet skills shortages in the highly-skilled area ofplanning. “Councils don’t sell their fringe benefits well enoughwhen it comes to recruitment,” he said. “If we get students onto thescheme, they can see all the extras.” Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.