Workforce Development Advisor (Graduate Trainee)

  • Job Reference: 4747 DCC
  • Date Posted: 17 May 2019
  • Recruiter: University of Exeter (Graduate Business Partnership)
  • Location: Exeter, Devon
  • Salary: £18,189
  • Sector: Administration, Community & Sport
  • Job Type: Contract, Temporary
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

The Adult Commissioning and Health Team in Devon County Council (DCC) is responsible for strategic commissioning and delivery of services to 250,000 adults in Devon, who receive adult social care.  This includes support for mental health needs, complex learning and physical disabilities, long-term conditions and carers supporting people.

This role will be part of the Workforce Development Team (Commissioning).  The team’s primary role is outward-facing, supporting private, voluntary and independent adult social care providers with workforce development (including recruitment, retention and commissioning training). 

Number of staff:  There are 6 people in this team, including the Graduate Trainee.


To raise the profile of health and care in Devon, attracting and retaining people with the right values in the sector.

Duties and Responsibilities

Initial duties and responsibilities

  • Build excellent working relationships with adult health and care teams in DCC, NHS colleagues and with external adult social care providers across Devon to gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all teams that support adults to remain healthy and, where possible live, independently at home.
  • Working in partnership with and contributing to the work of the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Programme (STP) Recruitment Group, to improve recruitment and retention in health and care across wider Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay).
  • Engaging with stakeholders (e.g. adult social care providers, Department of Work and Pensions, health partners etc) to promote the value that employing people with a range of disabilities can bring to businesses and organisations.

Longer-term duties and responsibilities


  • Working with managers across adult health and care teams in DCC to identify individuals and teams demonstrating outstanding practice to nominate for national awards that recognise excellence in health and care, and inclusive communities.
  • Leading on running award ceremonies in Devon e.g. World Social Work Day in March. Manage events including liaising with councillors, external speakers, arranging publicity/press, and managing budgets.
  • Support local initiatives within DCC such as Shout Outs that recognise and nurture talent, as well as showcasing success.
  • Promote the successes and achievements across departments and services through Proud to Care using a variety of social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Social Sign In.

Bid writing for awards

  • Provide a comprehensive and efficient bid writing service to the Adult Commissioning and Health team. This involves completing bids for national awards with support from the relevant manager in adult health and care.
  • Collaborate with a range of external organisations such as health partners, Skills for Care, Health Education England, the private, voluntary and independent Sector, Unitary Authorities, District Councils, Universities, training providers, local communities and Service Users (where appropriate) to co-ordinate and submit nominations for awards.

Bid writing for funding

  • Help to prepare funding bids on behalf of Proud to Care Devon and / or the Sustainability and Transformation Programme (STP) Resourcing Group to support all areas of workforce development activity across the wider health and care sector. This may involve working with private, voluntary and independent care organisations, NHS Healthcare Trusts, social enterprises, as well as DCC. Funding bids could support any area of workforce development activity, for example, recruitment, retention, work placements, training and education, ensuring adults with disabilities are supported to live independently, and creating strong and inclusive communities etc.

    Project management

  • Working on projects in the wider Proud to Care Team or on behalf of the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Workforce Strategy Group. Projects may be linked to improving recruitment, retention, or learning and development in the adult health and care workforce and may focus on the following areas: Proud to Care campaigns, website development, social media, work placements, building relationships with training and education providers, linking with Job Centre Plus and the Proud to Care Ambassador service.
  • Keep up to date with changes and developments in the health and care sector and at Devon County Council, including having a good knowledge and understanding of the sector and associated terminology.

Training and Development opportunities

On the job training:

Induction programme for 4 weeks with weekly review meetings with line manager

Opportunity to attend 1-day Devon County Council induction

The graduate trainees will have the opportunity to apply for a permanent role at DCC towards the end of their placement.  These could be in a variety of roles (e.g. Workforce Development Advisor, Commissioning Support Officer and Project roles) within the Adult Commissioning and Health department, the HR department or other departments at DCC.  The placement will also provide valuable experience to apply for roles within Devon STP organisations.

Other Benefits, Rewards and Recognition

Flexible working – We have a flexitime policy, allowing for time off in lieu, when additional hours are worked

Having a job that allows you to ‘give something back’ to the community – The ethos of Proud to Care is valuing health and care staff across Devon.  This role provides a vital role in securing a high-quality health and social care workforce for the future.

Travel – A driving licence is desirable, but not essential.  There will be travel around Devon to attend careers events and to meet providers.

Health and wellbeing – Devon County Council has an Employee Assistance Programme and an Occupational Health service.  Regular events are held to support everyone’s mental health e.g. lunchtime walks, shared breakfast meetings etc.



Graduate of a UK university within the last 3 years

GCSE Maths and English - Grade C or equivalent

Skills and Understanding

  • Excellent organisation and time management skills.
  • Very good research, writing and proof-reading skills, with an eye for detail.
  • Ability to apply policy and legislative requirements.
  • The application of sound judgement.
  • Ability to innovate and problem solve.
  • Ability to network, persuade, influence and negotiate.
  • Experience of meeting deadlines and setting milestones to manage workload.

Prior Experience

  • Some voluntary and/or paid work experience would be beneficial, ideally in a social care or health setting.

Behavioural Characteristics/ Personal Qualities and Attributes

  • Upholds the Proud to Care values (committed, caring, compassionate, communication, courageous and competent)
  • Self-motivated.
  • Conscientious.
  • Outgoing personality to build rapport and trust with colleagues and partners across many organisations.
  • Commitment to team work.
  • The ability to deliver under pressure, on time and to remit.

Other Requirements

Right to work in the UK for the duration of the internship, without the need for sponsorship


Advertisement Closing Date: 16/6/2019
Interview Date: 25/6/2019
Internship Start Date: Start date between 8/7/2019 – 29/7/2019
Internship End Date: End date 12 months from start date (i.e. July 2020)


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