Are you considering your first, or next, career move? Want to continue learning and training, whilst also earning a wage and getting real-world work experience? How about doing an apprenticeship?
So, what is an apprenticeship?
Following funding changes, apprenticeships are now open to pretty much everyone. No matter how old you are, what qualifications you already have, or where you are in your professional career, just starting out or a long way in, training and achieving a professional qualification is available to you. In fact, government figures show that only 20% of staff starting apprenticeships in the public sector are under the age of 19, and around 40% have already been with their employer for a year or more. We are now employing more apprentices than ever before, exceeding government targets.
As well as offering great practical work experience, apprenticeships are also an excellent route to recognised qualifications, right up to higher degrees. So university is no longer the only way to gain a degree, as you can now do a degree apprenticeship - minus the debt, of course!
Instead of writing reams of information here, why not check out this two-page guide to apprenticeships to fill you in? Or you can dive in and explore how people have fared on actual schemes via the Rate My Apprenticeship site.
And in case you think you've heard all about apprenticeships before, check out this myth-busting short video - put together by our Digital Learning Design Apprentice, Matilda!
What's on offer?
We are committed to increasing the number of apprenticeships we offer, and the occupations available are growing all the time, reflecting the wide range of services we deliver to the community. From business administration to civil engineering, MOT mechanics, paralegals, town planning, project management, accounting, social work and HGV drivers, there really is an opportunity to suit everyone.
For the year 2019/2020 we are pleased to say that, despite some challenges, we met the government target of at least 2.3% of our staff as new apprentice starts by achieving 2.32% new apprenticeship starts.
An apprenticeship is a job with training. This means that you’ll be working and earning money, with the same flexibility and holiday allowances as colleagues in a similar role, but you'll also have regular paid time set aside for developing new skills and knowledge.
Meet our apprentices
To give you an idea of the range of opportunities available, here are just two of our staff working and studying on an apprenticeship. You can find more on our meet our people page.
Team Leader, Planning Enforcement, MBA Apprentice
"Compared with previous employers, the respect for staff is the most noticeable difference here at B&NES. Senior management are accessible and staff at all levels are made to feel welcome and supported"Meet Rich
Digital Learning Design Apprentice
"B&NES is good with regard to flexible working, holiday entitlement and pay. I feel like a valued part of the team here."Meet Matilda
For entry level apprenticeship roles, the government has set out the minimum hourly pay for apprentices. But we are choosing to pay above these rates. The amount you earn will vary, depending on your age and the level of apprenticeship you are doing. If you join the Council in another type of role, you will be able to access apprenticeship training to support your career progression, whilst earning the normal salary rate for your job!
Ready to apply?
It couldn't be easier to find out what current vacancies there are, just search our site. If there's nothing that's quite right for you just now, you can set up a job alert, as we recruit all year round.
Or if you want to broaden your search, you can also check out the nationwide Find an apprenticeship website, run by GOV.UK .