Apprenticeships

Ellie S

A great place to work

I don’t have a typical day, there is a huge range of opportunities at the council for me which means each day is different. I have an extremely supportive mentor who helps me. I like earning whilst I learn, receiving a free qualification and getting my foot into the real world of work that will benefit me in the long run. You learn faster on the job, gaining life skills you might not otherwise get.

Ellie, Apprentice Personal Assistant
Hannah

A great place to work

You can learn so much through doing a degree or college course whilst already having a job in what you are studying as it is easier to understand and apply your learning. This is my first job but having a great team to support me has helped me fit in and gain more confidence. By the end of this Degree/Apprenticeship I will be a fully qualified chartered Surveyor with an exciting career ahead of me.

Hannah, Apprentice Surveyor
Katy

A great place to work

Being an apprentice was a brilliant life experience; I got to work alongside people and have the most amazing opportunities to learn real life skills that you perhaps wouldn’t get through college or university. The council is a brilliant place to do an apprenticeship; they give you so many opportunities and you get so much experience from working with all different kinds of people.

Katy, Growth Officer (former apprentice)
Georgia

A great place to work

I previously worked as a hairdresser but wanted to complete a business qualification. I looked into many options including university but decided on an apprenticeship so I could still earn some money whilst learning. After six months of my apprenticeship in the Housing Options Team I was offered a permanent role but with the opportunity to still complete my apprenticeship. I jumped at the opportunity and eight months later I was offered another promotion.

Georgia, Accomodation Officer (former apprentice)
Alex

A great place to work

When considering my options after completing Sixth Form the idea of an apprenticeship really appealed as it meant I could work towards a qualification whilst earning. As a Planning Apprentice in the Planning Policy team I helped to guide future growth in housing, retail and employment within West Suffolk. Last year I was offered a permanent career development role which means I will complete a planning degree and become a qualified Planning Officer.

Alex, Planning Policy Officer (former apprentice)
Ben

A great place to work

After finishing my GCSE's I started a level 2 apprenticeship in Finance. I quickly progressed and obtained my AAT level 3 qualification. I was then offered a Trainee Business Advisor post, undertaking an AAT level 4 qualification and have now progressed to Trainee Business Partner which will enable me to become a chartered accountant. The apprenticeship was a great introduction to the world of work, it opened up my horizons to the different opportunities that are available.

Ben, Trainee Business Partner (former apprentice)

By becoming an apprentice at West Suffolk you will have the opportunity to earn, learn and work at the same time. You’ll get training from us, gain skills in your job role and understand what it means to be in the workplace by being in a hands on environment. You will study for an apprenticeship standard up to degree level, across a range of subjects from business administration, finance, surveying, planning to waste resources, mechanical engineering and arboriculture. Depending on your apprenticeship you will attend external training to complete your qualification or be given dedicated time away from work to study. As well as the support of your college and assessor we ensure that you are supported at work by your manager and a workplace mentor. We will work together to help you progress at the right speed. All the modules in your structured study programme will develop valuable skills for your future career and will help you build a great CV, with the type of practical skills and experience that employers look for.

You will receive the apprentice pay rate for the first year of your employment and then receive the national minimum wage (dependent on age) for the remainder of your apprenticeship. If you are appointed to a permanent post before you have completed your qualification, as many of our apprentices do, we will move you to the appropriate salary for the job and continue to support you to finish your studies. As an apprentice you will be entitled to the same benefits as other employees including generous annual leave and pension scheme.

Many of our past apprentices have moved into permanent roles and are progressing their careers with the council.

Here is one of our past apprentices sharing their story:

Emma

Video transcript - Apprentice Emma

We recruit apprentices throughout the year so if you are interested in kick-starting your career in local government, please look out for these opportunities on our vacancies page.