Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a great pathway for anyone to begin or progress their career further. We value the enthusiasm and energy that all our apprentices bring to the workforce.

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What is an apprenticeship?

  • You’ll have a full time job for a minimum of 12 months (dependent on qualification)
  • You’ll earn a salary ranging from £10,418 to £21,166
  • You’ll have the same benefits as all council staff
  • You’ll work towards a qualification which you’ll gain at the end
  • On most apprenticeships you’ll work 5 days a week, and some include weekend work
  • You'll spend at least 20% of your time in learning and attending training

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Apprenticeships are amazing!

But don’t just take our word for it, take a listen and see why these apprentices think they’re great too!

Video Transcript

The apprenticeship for me was a good way to join the council, 'cause I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do.

The possibilities when you pass the course, you can use your experience and qualifications in other facilities. And can also open up a lot of doors.

I'm working, getting experience in the workplace, getting educated at the same time and being paid at the same time, which is always, always great. Once coming to the apprenticeship, I knew that I wanted to do something in this line of work, so I got the qualification and the experience and to know what I wanted.

What kind of things can I learn?

We offer apprenticeships across all our service areas, from social care to engineering; from ICT to vehicle maintenance; and from plumbing to project management.

Here's a few examples of types of apprenticeships we offer:

  • Level 3 Heavy vehicle service and maintenance technician
  • Level 2 Housing maintenance assistant
  • Level 2 Arboriculture
  • Level 2 Adult care worker
  • Level 3 Business administrator
  • Level 3 Teaching assistant
  • Level 2 Leisure team member
  • Level 3 Infrastructure technician

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What else is great about it?

As well as getting paid to learn and gain invaluable work experience, you’ll also get:

  • Valuable mentor support - our team are there to help you get the best from your course
  • NUS Extra Card - for great savings
  • Extensive training package - to help you take your career even further with a recognised qualification!
  • Improved employability - whilst gaining confidence, independence and respect.

And of course, the cost of your apprenticeship and qualification is covered by us - no student debt!

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Is an apprenticeship right for me?

  • Gain skills, knowledge and a qualification
  • Get paid and trained at the same time
  • Career opportunities you never expected
  • Perfect whether you’re at the start of your career, want to change direction or return to work after a break
  • Shape your community and make a difference

Applications are welcome from everyone, irrespective of age.

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My apprenticeship offers me real work, in a real company, training to get skills that I know the council really wants. I earnt a salary from day one and my colleagues really value my fresh ideas and input
Kieron
Apprentice chef

Current apprenticeships

We’re always searching for amazing people to join our team. Take a look at our current apprenticeship vacancies:

  • We post all of our latest apprenticeship vacancies here, on this page.
  • We aim to have vacancies throughout the year, but most apprenticeships become available during late Spring to early Summer, and then again in Autumn.
  • We recommend checking here every two weeks for new apprenticeship posts!
It’s hard to believe how many different apprenticeship opportunities there are at the council. There is something for everyone from catering to civil engineering, bricklaying to building surveying and my career has really taken off!
Danny
Building surveyor

How do I apply?

It’s easy, simply follow the guidance in the job advert.

The process is the same for any applicant applying for a job with us. You'll complete an application form or send in a CV and, if shortlisted, you will be invited in for an interview.

If you don’t have much experience applying for jobs and attending interviews, why not check out our application and interview help? We want to help you present yourself in the best possible way, and hopefully get you started on a great career path.

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Any questions?

Get in touch, we’ll be happy to help…

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I'm proud of what I've achieved on my apprenticeship and really excited about my future career prospects at the council. I have received so much support and training and achieved a qualification which will set me up for a promising future.
Oscar
Apprentice technician