Graduate Trainee

Job Type
Full Time Fixed Term
£18,328 - £19,133 per annum
Waterside Campus
Closing Date
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About the job

Fixed term: 1 year

Interview date: Wednesday 09 June 2021

The University of Northampton is seeking a highly motivated University of Northampton graduate to undertake a one-year traineeship in Library and Learning Services (LLS). The traineeship is designed to prepare the successful candidate for a career in the library and information sector by providing wide-ranging practical experience. The post is based within Academic Services and there will be opportunities to work within various teams across the Department, including Academic Librarians, Service Development, Learning Technology, Collection Development, and Scholarly Systems. As part of the post, the trainee will benefit from a range of formal and informal development opportunities, including visits to other library and information services, opportunities to engage in research projects and work-shadowing.

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About you

Past experience of working in the library and information sector is not required but candidates should be able to demonstrate an interest in working in this field. You should have some experience of customer service work (paid or voluntary). You’ll need good communication skills (written and verbal) and have an organised and methodical approach to work. You should also have good IT skills and a willingness to learn how to use the different digital tools needed for the role. At times you will be working on your own projects or without direct supervision, so should be self-motivated and able to work unsupervised to meet agreed goals.

This traineeship opportunity is open to undergraduate, postgraduate or research graduates of the University of Northampton of any subject discipline. You can also apply if you will graduate with a University of Northampton degree in 2021.

Essential Qualifications

Undergraduate, Postgraduate or Research Degree from the University of Northampton (any subject area) OR due to graduate from the University of Northampton by 31 July 2021.

Department of Library and Learning Services

Library and Learning Services (LLS) consists of the University Library (incorporating Academic Services, Service Development and Research Support) and also the areas of Learning Technology and Learning and Teaching  Enhancement. The University Library provides adaptable and IT rich learning environments, with access to print and online resources, including University research outputs, alongside expert support in finding information. Learning and Teaching Enhancement provides flexible opportunities for students to develop a broad range of academic skills, while Learning Technology manage NILE, the University’s virtual learning environment, and support the use of technology in learning and teaching. 

About us

This is an exciting time to join our University following our relocation in September 2018 to a new purpose-built, town-centre campus designed to adapt to 21st century teaching.  We are looking to recruit individuals who share our passion for innovation, creativity and social impact and who will play a key role as we realise our ambition of transforming lives for the better and inspiring positive change.

The University of Northampton is one of only two Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses in the UK, and in 2017 was awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark, an independent guarantee that we have proven to our employees, students and stakeholders that we are committed to continuous improvement across our business in order to consistently deliver a positive impact on people and planet.

Right to work

All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview.

Due to the requirements laid out by UK Visas and Immigration regarding Right to Work in the UK, the University can only accept applications from individuals who currently have a status allowing them to work in the UK for this position. Due to this criteria we regret that we are unable to offer sponsorship at this time.


We are proud of our diverse student population and applications from Black Asian Minority Ethnic student grow year on year. Equality and the promotion of inclusion are a key value that we are proud to promote. To embed this across the University, to achieve diversity amongst its staff and to improve staff representation, we would like to encourage applications from women, people living with disabilities, and those from the LGBT+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.


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