The Council offers a range of exciting, award winning, apprenticeships for young adults, we take on average 25 new apprentices per year.

The training and experience you will receive under each post will be specific to the role, this will help you towards your chosen career pathway. You need to think about the type of work you are likely to enjoy and be committed to before you apply.
The job profiles give more detail on each post available, we suggest you read through them all before you decide which to apply for.

The online application gives us the information we are looking for in order to short-list your application for an apprenticeship. You can save the application so it can be used and updated for any future applications.

Apply for a vacancy

You will eligible for a council apprenticeship if:

  • You have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years. (Some exceptions apply).
  • You are not in full time compulsory education.
Search for an apprenticeship

After you've applied

If you are shortlisted for interview we will contact you by email with details of the date, time location and details of what the selection process involves.

If you are unsuccessful on this occasion we will inform you by email and provide you the opportunity to receive feedback on your application.


The selection process will include an interview to give you the best opportunity to demonstrate what you can bring to the apprenticeship. You may also be assessed based on council behaviours and expectations, problem solving and you have to undertake a literacy and numeracy test. You will be informed of this before your interview.

You may be asked to bring documentations to the interview please take time to do so as it will make the process faster if you are offered an apprenticeship.

Our apprenticeships

Types of roles

Most of our apprenticeships are advertised in April each year however we may offer opportunities at other times during the year as needed.

Opportunities are usually available in construction, horticulture, catering, highway maintenance, business administration, customer service and supporting teaching. These are some of the examples on the type of roles we offer:

  • Construction (Electrical, Domestic and Commercial Heating, General Trades)
  • Business Administration across the council and in local schools
  • IT
  • Customer Service
  • Education Teaching Assistance
  • ICT Audio and Media Technician in School
  • School Caretaking
  • Gardening
  • Highway Maintenance
  • Warehousing and Storage
  • Vehicle Maintenance
Suitability for you

Our apprenticeships will suit someone who:

  • Has a clear idea of the type of career they wish to pursue and is willing to commit to a vocational pathway.
  • Is ready to start work with an employer and be based in the workplace the majority of the time.
  • Is well organised and able to cope with the competing demands of work and academic study at the same time.
  • Is ready to be assessed through a mix of assignments and written work, including essays, reports, practical exercises, end tests and exams.
What is involved

During your normal work week:

  • You will spend a minimum of 30 hours at work where you will learn whilst working.
  • You will learn from colleagues across all levels of the business, typically working closely with a senior employee who will coach you and review your progress.


  • The learning and part-time study element of the apprenticeship fits around the job commitment and will be agreed with the employer. You may attend one day per week, in blocks of a week or more or study online. Some training schemes use a combination of options.
  • You will complete assessments during and at the end of the apprenticeship which tests both academic learning and occupational competence developed through on the job training.

Managers who have been apprentices

Assistant Director

Former apprentice Joanne Bartholomew is Assistant Director for Physical Resources and shares her experience of being an apprentice.

Head of Building Services

Mark Freeth is Head of Building Services was once an apprentice with the council. He talks about becoming an apprentice, and the impact on his career.