About County Council Apprenticeships;
What does the Apprenticeship Involve?
Our apprentices are here to shape their careers, as well as gain on-the-job experience. You’ll do the same work as your colleagues and be treated with the same respect from day one, in a diverse and professional environment. But you’ll also get extra time and support to help you progress your professional education. Working within Gloucestershire County Council is a varied and exciting challenge.
Why an Apprenticeship with Gloucestershire County Council?
Gloucestershire County Council has thousands of both frontline and back office staff. All need various kinds of skills and support to do their jobs: from education, social care to highways and libraries. As an apprentice, you’ll be based in one of our dedicated departments and your role will depend on the team you join.
What about learning and development opportunities?
Our apprenticeships are all about learning and developing. You’ll get everything you need to thrive and grow. Study time is factored in to your working week, so you can achieve your qualification and undertake wider learning and development opportunities.
The formal qualification is only part of the story; we take a more rounded approach to apprenticeships. As well as self study and e-learning, you’ll have 1:1 coaching, a designated mentor to support you at work, and the technical skills training complimented by one of our dedicated training providers. Not to mention the invaluable experience of working towards helping the people of Gloucestershire. You will be part of a wider community of apprentices all over the organisation with second and third year colleagues who are all working towards achieving their apprenticeship.
How do I apply?
Step 1 – Register and apply online
All of our positions start with this, and it is a great opportunity to tell us about yourself and what you can bring to the organisation. We understand the decision to leave school or even a career change is a big step in both your career and personal life, so at this point we want to ask you a few further questions to get a better understanding of why you’d like to join us and what you think you can bring to the role. It’s worth spending some time on this section, and answering honestly, as it is our first indication of whether we’ll be a good fit for each other.
Step 2 – Shortlisting and feedback
Once the vacancy has closed, the recruiting manager will assess the applicants and at this stage you will either be successful to move forward to the next stage or informed that you have not been successful at this time. Please do not be disheartened if you have not been successful as there are always future opportunities.
Step 3 – Interview and assessment
If you are successful and called for interview, you will be informed of date, time and location of the interview. You will then have the opportunity to tell us about why you wish to become part of Gloucestershire County Council and answer our questions throughout. Remember this is also an opportunity to interview us to make sure we are right for you.
There will also be at this stage a short assessment related to the apprenticeship you have applied for.
Transferring apprenticeship levy funds across Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire County Council is a levy paying employer with an ability to transfer 25% of our annual funding to other employers to spend on apprenticeship training.
This can help support employers by either recruiting in to new vacancies or by upskilling their existing workforce. If you have never looked at apprenticeship training before, we can support you in moving this forward.
Priorities for apprenticeship levy transfers
Due to supporting many employers already across Gloucestershire, we cannot guarantee we can support everyone. However, with our strong partnership links across Gloucestershire, we can speak with other levy paying employers about supporting you. We will look to support all sectors where we possibly can, but our main priorities will be:
- Adult social care, childcare providers and the hospitality industry
- Small employers that without this funding could not offer the opportunity for the person to train
- Employers willing to support other entry routes for employment (Traineeships, Kickstart, supported internships etc)
- Employers willing to give opportunities for care experienced young people
How the levy transfer has helped receiving employer
The transfer of levy funds to us is invaluable, as it enables us to register more staff members onto apprenticeships. Each apprentice completes a QCF in a Health and Social Care related subject which not only improves the knowledge and skills of the individual, but ultimately improves the skill of the workforce. The two greatest side effects of this is that the staff member has a sense of achievement and pride in their work and that the residents to whom we provide care and support get the best.
How can I find out more?
To explore this opportunity further, please email email@example.com or call Dan Boon (Early Careers & Skills Development Lead) on 01452324277