Durham County Council is recruiting dozens of paid apprentices - here's how to apply
Dozens of new apprenticeships are available at a major local authority.
Durham County Council is now inviting applications for more than 30 paid roles across a variety of occupations with courses ranging from entry level to degree level.
Candidates have until Sunday, July 19, to apply for the following opportunities due to start in September:
Waste resource operative (Level 2); Horticulture (Level 2); Business administration (Level 3); HR support (Level 3); Financial management (Level 3); Degree apprenticeships (Level 6) in civil engineering and quantity surveying.
Coun Andrea Patterson, the council’s cabinet member for corporate services and rural issues, said: “Apprenticeships can provide the perfect balance between practical experience and education, allowing people to earn whilst they work towards a recognised qualification at the same time.
“The impact of coronavirus means that the recruitment process for apprenticeship posts will be a little different this year, with interviews, enrolment, and induction carried out on-line, but all applicants will be supported throughout the whole process.
“The health and safety of the public and all our employees is priority.
“We have risk assessments and measures in place to ensure our existing staff and new recruits can all work safely, and I’m pleased that we’re still able to offer people this fantastic opportunity for people to start or develop their careers.”
Applications are invited from people of all backgrounds and ages.
Twenty-year-old Josh Thorns had worked in various temporary roles before securing his current financial management apprenticeship with the council.
Usually based at Durham’s County Hall with day-release placements at New College Durham, Josh is currently working at his nearby home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “I decided that rather than go to university an apprenticeship would suit my career goals best.
“I was impressed with the council's apprenticeship programme and the range of apprenticeships available, so I applied for several posts and was pleased to be appointed as a financial management apprentice.
“This has been a great way to start my career in accountancy and I’m really enjoying meeting new people, developing my skills and receiving a regular wage.”