Specialists of Tomorrow

Gwynedd Council is currently working hard to ensure that we have the best possible workforce. Our aim is to attract the most talented individuals in order to provide the best services to meet the needs of Gwynedd's residents. We are trying to ensure that our workforce includes experts of the highest calibre.

The Experts of Tomorrow Scheme is an opportunity for you to join Gwynedd Council's workforce.  Full details, salary, responsibilities and expectations can be found in our Information Pack.

Follow our trainees blog for a taste of the scheme

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Purpose of the Scheme

The purpose of the Specialists of Tomorrow Scheme is to develop managers to undertake key management posts across the Council.

The scheme gives an opportunity for future managers to gain experiences, networks and qualifications needed to build a firm foundation on which to start your career within leadership and management.

The Council is pleased that the majority of the successful candidates have gained a permanent post in the Council at the end of the Scheme, and the majority are in a leadership or management post by now.

Overview of the Scheme

Here’s an overview of the scheme:

  • The scheme's duration is three years
  • During the three years, the successful candidate will receive all possible support and resources to gain a higher-level professional qualification.
  • The trainee will experience working within various departments and will contribute to the managerial work under supervision in a range of Services across the county.
  • There will be an opportunity to gain valuable experiences that go beyond the usual, to address the political, strategic, executive and front-line work, which are integral elements of the council's functions.
  • There will be continual support and reviews throughout the three years to ensure that the successful candidates are trained to be efficient specialists within Gwynedd Council.

Information Pack


The pay scale will be £23,112 - £25,463 (Grade S2).

The exact salary point will be dependent upon progress.

What are the basic requirements?

The candidates must reach the basic requirements below to apply:

  • You must have (or are expected to be awarded) a 2:1 degree or higher. Your degree Your degree should be in a subject which is relevant to the field. You are qualified to apply whenever you graduated.
  • You must be fluent in both Welsh and English
  • You must hold a GCSE Grade C or above in Mathematics, Welsh, English and Science
  • You are passionate about working in local government
  • You have shown a willingness to lead others e.g. in an educational situation (school, college, university), sports, social, community or work.

CMI Qualification

The successful candidate will study to complete a LLB Masters degree in 'Information Rights Law and Practise'

  • It will be a 3 year course.
  • You will complete the Masters degree through Northumbria University which is recognised as one of the leading Law and Information Law universities in Britain  .
  • The course will be taught through distance learning and open days. There will be a need to travel regularly.
  • Unfortunately the qualification is not available through the medium of Welsh.

More information on Northumbria's University website.

Frequently Asked Questions

1: I've never been a manager before, do I need this experience before I can apply for the job?

No - you do not need previous management experience.

2: How do I apply?

It is possible to apply for the job here!

*Keep an eye out for the opening date for applications!

3: Do I need to have a specific degree in order to apply?

No, you do not need a specific degree but you are required to have graduated with a 2:1 or higher.

4: What is the duration of the scheme?

2 years.

5: What is the qualification?

This year, the trainee will be following CMI Level 7 in Strategic Management and Leadership at Bangor University. The qualification receives a Masters level recognition.

6: Is there a guaranteed job at the end of the Scheme?

Every possible effort will be made to ensure that the successful candidate is given all possible opportunities to secure a post at the end of the Scheme.

The Council is proud that the majority of the successful candidates have gained a permanent post in the Council at the end of the Scheme, and the majority are by now in a leadership or management post.

7: What if I don't enjoy the scheme and wish to drop out of it?

If you are the successful candidate, there will be a contract to sign with specific terms on this matter highlighted in it.

8: What support will be available to me during the scheme?

Full support will be offered to the successful candidate throughout the scheme - during the placements and with the qualification work.

9: I have applied for the job in the past but was unsuccessful, will it be possible for me to apply again next year?

Of course, if you reach the requirements of the post then you may apply again even if you were unsuccessful the first time. *Possible to ask for feedback on the unsuccessful application?*

10: What is the process for applying?

1. Apply on-line

2. Draw the short list

3. Assessment centre

4. Formal interview

5. Appoint new roles


 For more information, contact Alun Lloyd Williams on (01286) 679 599.