Vacancy -- All Wales Public Service Graduate Programme

Recruitment Principles

This is an All Wales Public Service Graduate Programme, managed by Academi Wales. As Academi Wales is part of Welsh Government, the process will be conducted in accordance with the Welsh Government's Recruitment Policies and processes, and hosted on the Welsh Government's online application system.  The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Post details

22 Months
Full time but open to candidates who wish to work on a part time basis

There will be 18 posts in various locations throughout Wales. This Programme is a “regional” graduate programme. The posts will be available in the regions below and graduates will be expected to travel to participating organisations within a specific region. Organisations will be located up to an hour away from each other within a region. Employment will be on a fixed term contract for 22 months with Welsh Government but the majority of graduates will immediately be placed in other public sector organisations in their chosen region. Graduates will spend the 22 months in either 2 or 3 public service organisations within their region.

You will need to indicate which region/s you are applying for as part of the application process. You will not be able to amend the region/s once you have submitted your application or during the recruitment process.

The regions are:

North – Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham, Gwynedd

Mid and West – Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot

South East – Monmouthshire, Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend CBC, Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Caerphilly, Newport, Torfaen, Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent

Our Public Service Graduates

Our Public Service Graduates

As a graduate on this programme you will have a real job in the Welsh public service; study towards a fully funded Masters qualification; undertake a 22 month development programme; access an executive coach and mentor, and embark on a career in public service. You will develop your skills and be a valued member of the team from day one. 

 Working for the Welsh public service is unlike any other job in Wales.  You will gain experience in a number of organisations and roles. This is a general management graduate programme.

What does the role involve? 

  • Participate in a ground-breaking graduate programme that offers world class opportunities
  • A real job in the Welsh public service
  • Experience in general management roles
  • Opportunity to act on your own initiative; managing projects; delivering service improvements and helping to deliver key results for the citizens of Wales
  • Develop your knowledge of the Welsh public service and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and making the legislative requirements ‘real’ in Wales
  • Experience in a number of Welsh public service organisations This is a 22 month fixed term appointment that will commence on 31 January 2022 and end on 31 October 2023. Progression to Year 2 will be dependent upon successful completion of Year 1 of the graduate programme and satisfactory performance on all elements of the programme. It is a requirement of the graduate programme that the full 22 months are completed on the programme. We will encourage graduates to remain in the Welsh public services at the end of the programme.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for individuals who want to make a difference to the citizens of Wales. 

The Welsh public service has a common set of values and behaviours that underpin the All Wales Public Service Graduate Programme.

Public Service Values

Public Service Behaviour Framework

The Welsh public service values and behaviours are at the core of the graduate programme and we will be assessing you against these during the selection process. We recommend you familiarise yourself with the Welsh public service values and behaviours as soon as possible so that you know what we will be looking for, and you can decide if this role is a good fit for you.

It is our policy to promote and integrate equality of opportunity into all aspects of our business including appointments. We welcome applications from individuals regardless of age, marriage (including equal/same sex marriage) and civil partnership, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, disability, race, religion or belief or pregnancy/maternity.

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce such as people from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and disabled people.

We pride ourselves as being an employer of choice, an organisation in which people want to work and are proud to work. For this reason, we have put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

Who can apply?

The programme is open to you if you meet our essential requirements.  You can apply if you already work in the Welsh public service or if you wish to join.  There is no age limit.

What is the qualification?

You’ll be studying as part of the programme towards a full funded Masters in public service leadership.




Our selection process

Our selection process

Full details about the selection process are outlined in our Candidate Guide It’s important you read this before you start your application. It contains guidance on your application, and outlines the key dates of the selection process, which you’ll need to attend.

 The process will include:

  • Assessment of eligibility to participate in the graduate programme
  • Completion of the online situational strengths test
  • Virtual Assessment Centre and Interview*

You must complete each of these assessments in order to be considered for the programme. If you require any recruitment adjustments to allow you to complete the assessment process, you will be given the opportunity to indicate this when you apply and we can arrange this.

Welsh language requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

We welcome applications for this programme in either Welsh or in English.

Applications in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than applications in English.

Some of our posts will require Welsh language skills. However for a number of posts Welsh language skills are not required.  You will be asked to indicate your level of Welsh language ability during the application process.

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made via the Welsh Government's online application system. If you have an impairment which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to an impairment in order to submit your application.


To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  


If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.


Contact details for further information

General information about the programme, including an FAQ document, is available on our All Wales Public Service Graduate Programme web page:

 If you can't find the information you're looking for, please contact Academi Wales on


Closing date

16/07/2021, 16:00

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