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Applications open for popular apprenticeship scheme

Posted by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Council on 11 July 2018 | Comments

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Applications for a successful apprenticeship scheme which helps young people kick-start their careers in local government has opened for applications. 

Applications are now open for the latest round of the Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Council apprenticeship scheme.  10 opportunities are available in a number of teams, including Food and Safety, Procurement, ICT, Property Information, Planning Support, Economic Regeneration, Communities and Housing Needs.   

In a joint statement, Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member for Customers, Community & Leisure and Cllr Craig Rivett, Waveney District Council’s Cabinet Member for Customer Services said:

“We are committed to offering local young people with opportunities to grow and fulfil their potential; our established apprenticeship scheme offers a secure route into permanent employment with plenty of additional benefits.

The scheme is always popular and we would encourage anyone interested to apply for these varied and exciting roles.”

The roles offer a host of benefits, including a fully funded qualification, invaluable workplace skills, training and development opportunities and generous annual leave entitlements. Over 70% of apprentices stay with the Councils once their apprenticeship has finished and continue to have long careers in local government.

To enable potential applicants to learn more about these apprenticeships, to meet the teams and learn more about the application process, the Councils are holding two open evenings: 

  • Monday 16 July (5pm – 6.30pm) at Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0EQ
  • Thursday 19 July (5pm – 6.30pm) at East Suffolk House, Riduna Park, Station Rd, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1RT

Those interested in coming to an open evening should email HR@eastsuffolk.gov.uk with your name, the date of your preferred open evening and whether anyone else will be coming with you.

The apprenticeship scheme gives young people a clear pathway from education into work and teaches them key skills which are essential for employment, such as questioning and listening, giving feedback and managing relationships. The scheme also benefits existing council staff by developing their supervisory and management skills, as well as enabling them to become mentors.

After their apprenticeship year is complete, the apprentices are encouraged to apply for alternative roles within the Councils. This gives them the opportunity to secure permanent employment and also creates a vacancy for a new apprentice.

Full details of all the apprenticeship opportunities and details on how to apply can be found on the homepage of the East Suffolk website.

Applications for the Planning / Property Information Apprentices close on 23 July, whilst all other apprenticeships applications close on 29 July 2018.