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Medway Council

Medway Council is the regional council for the Medway area, Kent.

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Medway Council, the unitary council for the Medway area in Kent, has sponsored the EP Scheme for the last three years, notably offering Ipads to highest scoring students and internships within the Re-generation, Culture and Community Department, as well as the Category Management team, part of the Legal & Corporate Services Division.

During the past four years, a number of EP students, following work placements, have secured full-time employment with the Council, whilst another secured a training contract with a prestigious London law firm.

Rewards 2017-18

Medway Council have kindly confirmed they will be offering a diverse range of rewards. The following have been confirmed to date (this will be updated throughout 2017-18):

  • Amazon vouchers - £350 for the Highest Scoring Student from the Medway Campus and £150 for the Highest Scoring Student Studying a Business Related Degree in Medway.
  • One work experience placement in Financial Strategy, covering areas such as accounting.
  • Four work experience placements in Legal.
  • One work experience placement in HR.
  • Project placement focused on mental health/social isolation research.
  • Internships in Public Health research and statistics.
  • Database management work experience.
  • Two work shadowing placements in project management.
  • Internships in Housing and Re-generation Delivery.
  • An internship in Youth Services and associated work experience placements.
  • An internship delivering workshops on cooking and community engagement.
  • An internship designing health-related infographics and summaries.
  • An internship in web-design, focusing on creating and market-testing a website about the Care Leavers Offer (legislation concerning young people leaving care).
  • An internship involving the Highway Asset Management Project, undertaking data analysis and considering current infrastructure.
  • An internship working with the Communications Team, working on social media campaigns and press releases.

Case Studies

In 2016-17, various students benefited from undertaking EP rewards at Medway Council, which ranged from internships in procurement and housing to work experience opportunities in legal services and social care.


The full case study can be found here. You can also read 2015-16's case study here. Furthermore, we are delighted to confirm that Vladislav Kozub, who completed an internship in procurement, has secured a 1-year placement with Medway Council (see here). Reflecting on his internship, Vlad stated:

"I believe this position has provided me with the best possible insight into most of the public sector operations aspects in regards to the procurement (and partly finance & legal) and might change my views on a future career prospects which I previously associated with the financial services and accountancy."

Additionally, Lauren Hocking, who completed an internship in planning has been offered part-time employment as an External Investment Technical Officer, whilst she completes her postgraduate studies (see here).

 

My time at Medway Council has given me a fantastic opportunity to see all the hard work and persistence that is displayed by all the colleagues on a day to day basis. Being delegated ample amounts of responsibility has increased my confidence both in the work place and in my own abilities.  The EP Scheme remains one of the most rewarding things I have partaken in during my time at University and I remain very thankful to the scheme for giving me this amazing opportunity. I now strongly believe that having Medway enlisted as an employer on my CV will significantly increase my chances of securing a job in my field in the foreseeable future.

Porshia Boafo, SECL

My two weeks at the Medway Council were very interesting and rewarding. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, they made sure that I was always happy and interested. I had the chance to fulfil a variety of activities including going to internal and external meetings as well as going to court.  I’ve definitely gained lot and would recommend this reward to everyone. You get involved with plenty areas of law and many different aspects of the everyday life of a council lawyer.  I am still in contact with them and I would be thrilled if one day if I could be a part of the council as I loved it there so much.

Giovanna Koulounti, KLS

 

 

 

 

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2015/16: Medway Council provided various rewards including; internships in procurement, planning, housing and external investment. Work experience placements in legal services, counter-fraud and auditing, library services and social work. There was also a paid project placement focused on the mental health act and two iPads were presented at the annual Rewards Evening.

2014/15: Medway Council provided two Ipads for the highest scoring student from the Medway campus and the highest scoring student studying Social Studies.There were also work experience placements in Splashes Leisure Centre, Strood Library and working as a Chartered Valuation Surveyor. Medway Council provided paid project placements, in addition, one focusing on design and the other in business analysis. Lastly, four paid-internships were offered, one in the procurement team which is a part of the Legal and Corporate Services division. Three internships were offered in the Re-generation, Culture and Community Department covering a range of services including planning, transport, regeneration and cultural activities.

2013/14: Medway Council offered an Ipad for both the highest scoring student from the Medway campus and the highest scoring student studying Social Studies. Four paid-internships were also offered, one in the procurement team which is a part of the Legal and Corporate Services division. Three internships were offered in the Re-generation, Culture and Community Department covering a range of services including planning, transport, regeneration and cultural activities.

2012/13: Medway Council was offering a Kindle to the student with the highest points from Social Sciences, an iPad to the student with the highest points from the Medway campus, two paid internships for 3-months in 'Category Management' in the Special Educational Needs Transport Division, ivolving research opportunities into the support and demand of management and contract mapping. Medway Council also offered three internships in re-generation, culture and community issues at a regional level.

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Last Updated: 23/02/2018