13 recent graduates are joining Falkirk Council this week to help their job prospects in the future.

All of the trainees will be part of a nine month programme within a wide range of Council services where they will learn practical skills that will enable them to move forward with their careers.

Graduates will be involved in IT; Children’s Services; Tourism; Engineering Design; Research and Governance; Employment and Training.

This is the fourth time the programme has run with many graduates in previous schemes now working in a variety of positions in both the private and public sectors.

Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn , Leader of Falkirk Council said: “Helping local graduates get into employment is important and bringing in 13 this year will mean that they are better placed to move on with the careers in the future.

“It will give them a real flavour of working in their chosen areas with Council staff with them all the way so the get the best of their nine months. We wish them every success in their time here and in their future roles.”

All of the graduates will receive national living wage and will have similar terms and conditions to other employees. It is hoped the scheme will aim to recruit more graduates later this year.