The LGA is pleased to announce that it has signed up to Plotr, a Government-supported, employer-led careers website. Plotr builds bridges between the world of education and the world of work.
Plotr's mandate is for 11 to 24 year olds, but there is a strong focus on the 14 to 19 age group, when many of the big career 'key milestones' happen. Plotr is already working with over 120 organisations, including:
- National Grid
- Direct Line
It has also partnered with the likes of Job Centre Plus, National Apprenticeship Service, The Princes Trust, National Citizens Service, the MOD and the National Careers Service to support the joining up of careers advice and information to young people.
Plotr, the LGA and councils
The arrangement with Plotr has two key elements:
- the LGA has funded the creation of a Local Government World platform within the website that will showcase the range of careers and opportunities that councils have to offer;
- individual councils will be able to create their own employer profiles which will provide young people with more localised information and details of job opportunities within the councils.
The deal the LGA negotiated with Plotr means that if a council joins plotr, it will be available to them at a significantly reduced rate to that which they would pay if they approached Plotr directly.
The LGA careers guide
The work with Plotr is the second major initiative that the Workforce Team at the LGA has recently launched to help councils recruit the best young people.
The first was our booklet ‘Working in Local Government', launched in December 2014, which describes the important work that councils do within the places that young people live, work, learn, shop, socialise and exercise. It highlights the huge variety of interesting and meaningful careers that councils have to offer young people.
Since its launch the LGA has received very positive feedback from councils, schools and career advisers all of whom believe the guide is an important contribution to the range of information young people need when thinking about their futures. Plotr complements this careers guide.
Councils remain exciting, rewarding and innovative places for young people to work. The success of the National Graduate Development Programme shows that talented young people will choose a career in local government when they have the right information on which to base their decision. The new Careers Guide and the creation of a local government profile on the Plotr website will help councils spread that information even further.
For further information about the LGA and Plotr please email:
Councils interested in signing up to Plotr should email:
2 March 2017