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Council apprenticeships #JoinThePack

Join the City of Wolverhampton Council’s apprenticeship scheme and work in a real job for the City’s largest employer with a breadth of job opportunities in a variety of roles, unparalleled job progression and support to achieve qualifications that will put you on the path towards an exciting career.

If you are serious about working for a progressive council, and ambitious to develop a rewarding and diverse career for yourself - discover your potential and help us drive our organisation forward.

The Council serves a City of 240,00 people across 1,700 teams, from libraries to legal, parks to planning, social services to skills. Wolverhampton is a dynamic city rich in history and proud of its diversity. Join the pack and help us make Wolverhampton an even better place and environment to work, learn and live #JoinThePack.


Benefits: Why work for City of Wolverhampton Council?

The City of Wolverhampton Council apprenticeship scheme is one of the largest in the City, with opportunities to develop your skills, experience and knowledge across a range of departments and service areas. Whatever your skills, whatever you are looking for, we are bound to have something to suit you at the council.

Earn while you learn instead of accruing student debt, study for work-focused qualifications that are valued and gain real experience at a nationally-recognised employer.

At the City of Wolverhampton Council, your apprenticeship will be a real job in a council department with real responsibility, enabling you to develop skills and knowledge that will help you to forge a successful career within the council or elsewhere

We are a fast-paced employer and no 2 days are quite the same. You won't just be sitting at a desk all day and you'll find real variety to your job, liaising with colleagues across other teams and departments. You will have the opportunity to interact with the public in lots of different ways, including in person and by social media. Check out the case study videos with current apprentices to see what a day in the life of the City of Wolverhampton Council apprentices is like.

As part of your apprenticeship, you will be supported to achieve a nationally-recognised qualification that will demonstrate your skills and experience and which could lead on to higher-level study in the future.

Over the last 2 years 100% of people starting an apprenticeship have completed and achieved their qualification, compared to the national average of 66%. And 71% of those have chosen to remain working with the council once they completed their apprenticeship. Many have chosen to go on to study for higher-level apprenticeships as a result of the Council’s commitment to staff development and career progression.

Competitive Apprenticeship salaries ranging from £150 per week to the National Minimum Wage depending on the Apprenticeship programme you are undertaking.

As an apprentice with the City of Wolverhampton Council, you will be appointed with a mentor in your team who you will meet with regularly to support you through your apprenticeship. You will have an assessor from your apprenticeship provider who will act as a mentor for your studies and will meet with you on a weekly basis to support you with all elements of your apprenticeship, from coursework to questions around your job role. We have an apprenticeship peer group, where all current apprentices are encouraged to support each other and to develop friendships with colleagues who are part of the same intake. And of course, we have former apprentices from previous intakes who are still working at the council and who are on hand to offer advice and support.

As well as the opportunity to earn competitive salaries while you learn and achieve recognised qualifications, we also offer a generous paid leave entitlement of 25 days per year, plus 8 days bank holidays and flexible working hours. As an apprentice you will be entitled to an NUS Extra Card for the duration of your apprenticeship, with a host of benefits and discounts at High Street shops, restaurants and at tourist attractions. You will receive the same benefits as other staff at the City of Wolverhampton Council. If you are aged between 16-18, you will also be entitled to discounted travel via Network West Midlands.


FAQs

No, we invite applications from all ages as long as you are at least 16.

We are recruiting all the time, we don't have one particular recruitment period. Keep a look out on wmjobs or apply to be on our mailing list for apprenticeship vacancies to make sure you're updated.

This may depend on the job, but typically you will need to complete a short application form. Following this, you will be invited to an Assessment Centre where you will have the chance to meet your prospective manager and maybe even try out a work-related activity to see if you'd like the job. After this, you will be invited to interview. We will let you know quickly if you have been successful and to arrange a start date with you.

Contact Wolves at Work if you would like support with completing application forms or preparing for interview

This depends on the role and will be included in the job advert. Most of our apprenticeships will require you to have a certain level of English & Maths, but some will let you work toward this throughout the course of the apprenticeship

We offer apprenticeships from 12 months up to 3 years.

You would discuss this with your manager. Most people like working at the council so much that we have a 71% rate of people staying on. You will have the opportunity to apply for internal vacancies, or your manager may decide to progress you on to a higher level apprenticeship. Either way, you will be more qualified and have great work experience behind you if you decide not to stay.

This applies to academic levels. Level 2 is typically GCSE-level, level 3 is A Level standard and levels 4 upwards relate to HND and degree-level qualifications.

If you're not ready for whatever reason, we have options for you:

  • Wolves at Work can support you with your applications and preparing for interview.
  • Black Country Impact can support you with any training needs you may have, as long as you are under the age of 29.
  • We have a variety of pre-apprenticeship options which can help you with English and Maths and feeling more work ready.
  • You can also apply to do work experience with the council.

No, it's a real job with training attached which allows you to earn while you learn.

If you aren't successful first time, you can apply for as many apprenticeships with the council as you like. We'll also put you on our database and speak to you about upcoming opportunities.

Find out more on our FAQs here.

Need support

  • Contact the Wolves at Work on wolvesatwork@wolverhampton.gov.uk
  • For more information contact the National Apprenticeships Helpdesk on 0800 015 0400 or by email: Find a Apprenticeship
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