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Communities Apprentice

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East Suffolk Council
Place of work:
Riverside, Lowestoft or East Suffolk House, Melton
Salary details:
£8,006 pa*
Job term:
Full Time
37 hours per week
Fixed Term
Closing date:
12 July 2020 11:30 PM
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 *Year 2: National Minimum wage

21-month training contract

Start date: September 2020 (to be confirmed**)

Looking to kick-start your career? East Suffolk Council has an established and successful apprenticeship scheme, which has seen over 80% of its apprentices stay on beyond their apprenticeships to develop promising careers with the Council. If you are looking for an exciting opportunity where you can earn money as well as gaining experience and a recognised qualification, then look no further!

A unique opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to join our East Suffolk Communities Team (ESCT). This apprenticeship could be your ideal first step on the career ladder in the field of working with communities and their representatives.

This exciting and unique opportunity will involve providing administrative and project support for the ESCT, to assist in delivering the team’s work programmes which are based around Community Enabling (helping communities to do what they want to do), Community Safety and Community Health and Wellbeing.

The projects  you will be involved in could include organising activities for young people to reduce anti social behaviour and ensure communities are safe, helping communities have a greater say in their future by embarking upon a village review or neighbourhood plan, organising intergenerational activities and supporting initiatives to improve health and well being, including mental health, dementia and support for carers. Your administrative duties will include assisting in the arrangement of meetings, note taking, typing documents, working with data and supporting the team at events.

We can offer an interesting and varied work programme, a positive team environment, and the opportunity to get involved in a variety of tasks at different levels and to lead stand alone projects.

You are an enthusiastic, positive individual with excellent communication skills, who is up for new challenges and curious about how things work and how you can help to make things work better.

You will have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grades 4 -9/Grade C and above (or equivalent) including English and Maths, with excellent IT skills and high standards of accuracy. No experience is necessary as full training will be provided.

So, what can we offer you in return?

  • A fully funded and supported Level 3 Business Administration qualification
  • Generous annual leave entitlements and high street discount scheme
  • Valuable work-based skills from day one
  • The opportunity to meet and work alongside other apprentices in the organisation
  • Multiple training courses and development opportunities to add to your CV

Some of our apprentices worked together to create a video to tell you a little bit about their experience of being an apprentice at East Suffolk Council. To watch their video, please click here.

We hope you find the attached list of frequently asked questions useful in understanding more about the team, role, apprenticeship qualification, and application process. If you have any other questions, please contact us by emailing HR@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

**Due to the current situation, all selection interviews will be completed virtually via Skype. We are aiming for this apprenticeship position to start in approximately mid / late September 2020, but this timeframe will need to be regularly re-assessed in line with the current situation and any government guidance that is released around Covid-19. We will keep candidates informed of any updates relating to this.

For an informal discussion regarding the Communities Apprenticeship please contact Anita Humphrey by calling 07789921133 or Nicole Rickard by calling 07766998074.

If you think you could bring enthusiasm, fresh ideas and a different perspective to East Suffolk Council, we would 

Interview date: w/c 27 July 2020 or w/c 3 August 2020.

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