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Let Managing Director, Tim Johnson, tell you why apprenticeships are so vital to the Council and what a large range of roles are on offer.The Council is recruiting all year round.


The Council is recruiting all year round. You can find all the vacancies here on this page and discover below why the Council is a great choice for your career, including the impressive salaries and range of benefits on offer. You will also be able to read about our new simplified application process which will put successful applicants in to our vacancies much quicker. We have the flexibility to support people with additional needs or requirements, which can be discussed during the application process. Find out more in our FAQs at the bottom of this page.


Benefits: Why work for City of Wolverhampton Council?

The Council offers great salaries which are in excess of the National Minimum Wage. This is dependent on your age and the level of the apprenticeship, as detailed below:

See our table below to see how much you would earn per week dependent on your age and the level of the apprenticeship:

Age Range Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
16-17 £155.40 per week £155.40 per week
18+ £289.71 per week £296.95 per week £304.19 per week £318.68 per week
Level 6 apprenticeships, which last for 4 years are paid at a rate of Level 4 in the first year, Level 5 in the second year, and £347.65 per week thereafter. You can find out more about the levels in our FAQs below.

As an apprentice with 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 a tutor/coach from your apprenticeship provider who will act as a mentor for your studies and will meet with you on a regular 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. Our apprenticeships are inclusive; this means that anyone undertaking an apprenticeship will be provided with the appropriate level of support to undertake their role.
This could include support with English and Maths, social coaching, professional coaching, or practical support such as business clothing or travel passes. This is dependent on the needs of the individual to make sure they are equipped to flourish in the role.

City of Wolverhampton Council has a diverse workforce and is one of the largest employers in Wolverhampton. Our apprenticeships cover a wide range of roles and act as a fantastic opportunity to develop new 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 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 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.

As well as the opportunity to earn competitive salaries while you learn and achieve recognised qualifications, we also offer:

  • 25 days paid annual leave entitlement (plus 8 bank holidays)
  • Flexible working hours, including the option to buy additional annual leave
  • Discounts with high street retailers through our Employee Benefits scheme
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for vehicles, cycles and IT equipment
  • Discounted rates for WV Active Leisure Centres
  • Employee car parking scheme
  • Great rates on savings and loans with Wolverhampton Credit Union
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. 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.

City of Wolverhampton Council has developed a much simpler, more efficient application process which will result in quicker turnaround time between application and starting your apprenticeship. This involves:

  • Registering your personal details
  • Uploading a CV (which you should tailor to the job role – speak to Wolves at Work if you require support with this)
  • Interview and assessment
We also offer guaranteed interviews for vulnerable young people, such as Care Leavers or those with an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Educational Need.
You can find all our vacancies on this page, or on wmjobs. You can also sign-up to Workbox or follow Wolves at Work on Twitter to be kept aware of new vacancies.

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

Our apprenticeships are open to people of all ages. All of our level 2 and level 3 apprenticeships are inclusive and open to everybody including those with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a Statement of Educational Need (SEN) within the last 12 months.

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.

  • L2 Intermediate Apprenticeships, which are equivalent to five good GCSEs
  • L3 Advanced Level Apprenticeships, which are equivalent to two A-levels
  • L4, 5 & 6 Higher Apprenticeships, which can lead to an HND, HNC or foundation degree
  • L6 & L7 Degree Apprenticeships, which lead to a full undergraduate degree and include study at a university

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.

If you don’t have Maths and English at grade C or 4, you can speak to Wolves at Work about a pre-apprenticeship which will help you to achieve this standard. If you have an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Educational Need within the last 12 months, and you are able to fulfil the duties of the role you are applying for, you are still eligible and encouraged to apply if you can achieve an Entry 3 Level in Maths and English at the completion of your apprenticeship.

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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