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Lerwick Town Hall. Photo: Shetland NewsLerwick Town Hall. Photo: Shetland News

SHETLAND Islands Council is now recruiting to three graduate posts as it looks to set to employ its first batch of university leavers since 2012/13.

The posts are all fixed-term, with one running for 11 months and the others for two years.

The council’s graduate placement scheme was stopped back in 2012 in an attempt to cut costs, but the door has been reopened for university leavers as part of its ongoing business transformation and service redesign programmes.

One post will assist the delivery of Shetland Islands Council’s strategic approach to waste management specifically through the development of a Zero Waste Shetland Partnership and Zero Waste Strategy.

They will also act as first point of contact for the council for advice and guidance on all matters related to local waste prevention and recycling.

One of the other jobs will support the “implementation and monitoring of the project plan” for the ‘Sullom Voe Hub’.

The successful applicant will work with the council and other partners to sustain and develop new business around the hub, which comprises of the port of Sullom Voe, Sullom Voe Terminal, Scatsta Airport and Shetland Gas Plant.

The third graduate role, which is for around 11 months, will assist staff in implementing the new Shetland Islands Council website.

More graduate roles could be in the offing, as each one has to be presented as a business case and considered on its own merits.

Shetland Islands Council chief executive Maggie Sandison said: “Our graduate scheme is designed to train, nurture and develop the people who will shape the future of our organisation.

“It is an investment in talent but also in our transformation and service redesign programmes.”

The council’s previous graduate scheme was praised for allowing university students to return to Shetland, or attracting new workers to the isles.

The scheme was discussed by elected members in the council chamber last year, with North Mainland’s Alastair Cooper saying that “we made a big mistake when we stopped taking on graduates”.