We offer a range of apprenticeship opportunities across the Council.

Our current apprenticeship vacancies

Apprenticeships are an excellent opportunity for people to gain a qualification whilst learning hands on skills and getting paid.

The apprenticeship wage is £6.98 per hour for the first 12 months and then when aged over 19 years national minimum wage for the remaining time on the program. We also offer apprentices 29 days of annual leave.

Essential requirements are GCSE grade 4/C or equivalent in Maths and English.

Completing an apprenticeship is a great way to gain hands-on practical experience of a role whilst achieving your qualifications and earning a wage.

Apprentices spend 80% of their time learning on the job and 20% is off-the-job learning, which includes time studying the qualification. 

We pay above the national minimum wage for our apprentices and each apprentice will also have 28 paid holidays a year plus bank holidays.

Many of our apprentices go on to gain employment with the council following completion of their apprenticeships and have the opportunity to continue their learning by completing higher level apprenticeship courses, which are fully funded by the council through the apprenticeship levy.

Our apprentice scheme has received national and prestigious recognition; we have been awarded the Princess Royal Training Award and MJ Achievement Award for the help and support provided to all of our apprentices throughout their programme.

What can we offer you as an apprentice?

Our diverse and vast range of services bring great opportunities in different fields. There are also clear career pathways available, and we are committed to supporting the personal development of our employees. We would love you to be part of our future workforce and would do our best to make the apprenticeship journey the very best experience it can be for you.

Features of an apprenticeship

An apprenticeship means doing a real job with quality training whilst gaining a qualification in the workplace. You'll earn a salary while you learn and be given allocated study time.

The features of an apprenticeship are:

  • you'll be studying a nationally recognised qualification
  • you will receive a minimum of 12 months training, dependent on the qualification. This could be up to four years for a higher-level qualification
  • you will be working typically at least 37 hours per week
  • there will be a mix of on-the-job training and classroom learning, dependent on the qualification
  • around 20 per cent of your working hours will be spent on study towards your qualification
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What are we looking for?

Working in the public sector can be extremely rewarding and provides a real opportunity to serve our communities. Our staff need to be motivated, passionate and share our core values:

  • customer focus - putting the customer at the heart of everything we do
  • care and respect - treating people as individuals and with courtesy, seeking to understand how others see things and valuing their contribution
  • innovative and can-do attitude - seizing opportunities to do things better and taking responsibility to see things through
  • honesty - being clear about what we are able to deliver and that we must live within our means
  • one team - one council working with partners and communities
  • valuing our staff - supporting and enabling them to perform at their best
  • valuing local democracy - strengthening community leadership and delivering what has been agreed

Is an apprenticeship right for you?

To help you make that decision, here are some of the benefits you will experience:

  • gaining valuable skills, experience and knowledge
  • enhancing your employability, future job prospects and career opportunities
  • receiving a salary whilst learning, avoiding significant debts which come from traditional university route
  • enhancing your social skills and confidence through working with others
  • potentially using an apprenticeship as an alternative route to gaining qualifications needed as entry requirements to higher level qualifications
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Questions or queries

If you have questions or queries, please contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01642 444045 or alternatively you can email the team at

Pay and benefits

  • Highly competitive salary (we pay more than the National Apprenticeship Wage in your 1st year of apprenticeship)
  • Generous Annual Leave Entitlement of 28 days (plus bank holidays)
  • Discounts on travel, supermarkets, retail, hair and beauty, holidays, cinema, restaurants and many more
  • Develop your career prospects
  • Avoid student debt and university fees
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Receive training and practical hands-on work experience
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Our apprentices

Find out more about  apprenticeships from our current apprentices.