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Shared Apprenticeship Opportunities

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is committed to increasing the number of employment opportunities for young local people, enabling them to gain valuable work experience and a qualification as well as earning a wage.

The Council’s Shared Apprenticeship Scheme gives apprentices the opportunity to work with more than one employer, offering a wider range of relevant work experience and skills by sharing 'on the job' experiences from different employers.

Apprentices will be employed on a fixed-term contract for a period of between one to three years depending on career/ qualification choice. The duration of the placement will be no less than a three-month period with each partner organisation.  The majority of learning will take place in the workplace with one day per week ‘off-the-job’ training being delivered by one of the Council’s designated training providers.

The apprentices will work 37 hours per week and will be entitled to 23 days annual leave plus statutory holidays (pro rata).  The working pattern will usually be Monday to Friday with various working hours dependent on the role.

Due to funding requirements there will be age restrictions on the roles.

The apprenticeship rate of pay will be paid. This is currently set at £4.30 per hour for the first year, rising to the national minimum wage if the apprentice is aged 19 or over and has completed 12 months’ service.

All apprentices taking part in the scheme will be entitled to apply for any vacancies at the Council and the participating partner organisations at the end of their fixed-term contract.

This is potentially a shared scheme working with other organisations and partnerships.  If you are an employer and you would be interested in sharing an apprenticeship with us, please contact Human Resources on 01782 742265 or 01782 742266 (24 hours) or email us at humanresources@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk


L3 IT Solutions Technician Apprentice 

Duration: 18 Months | Location: Castle House, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, ST5 1BL

Salary: £4.30 per hour (£8,385 per annum) 

Role Overview: 

The primary role of the Infrastructure Technician is to provide support to internal and external customers, helping them to be productive when using technology to do their own jobs, by using tools to problem solve and trouble shoot non routine problems. 

The Infrastructure Technician sets people up on systems and provides support when they need it, rectifying issues to maintain the organisations productivity.

The post holder will actively engage with our users to help them develop their technical capabilities, champion the use of technologies and help to continually improve our services.

For further information please download the Job Description and Person Specification found below. 

Requirements: 

You are required to have GCSE 9-4 grades or equivalent in English and Maths to apply for this type of apprenticeship. If you do not have these grades but have completed numeracy and literacy Key Skills/Functional Skills at level two you may also apply. 

Closing date: 12pm on Wednesday 19 May 2021

To apply please download an Application Form, Job Description & Person Specification and Guidance Notes.  

Please email your completed application form to humanresources@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk by the above closing date. 


Horticulture Apprentice (2 posts) 

Duration: 2 years | Location: Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Depot, ST5 Salary: £4.30 per hour (£8,385 per annum) 

Role Overview: 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two enthusiastic individuals to join Newcastle Borough Councils Streetscene team. The Streetscene team provides essential operational services for the Council in relation to grass cutting, maintaining parks and open green spaces, street cleansing, streetside bin servicing, responsive service requests and positive partnership management.

You will gain experience in hard landscaping and decorative landscaping.  You will be required to attend Reaseheath College for one day a week (term time) where you will be working towards achieving an NVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture.  An annualised hours of work system is part of this post.  You may also be required to undertake additional hours on weekends and bank holidays in order to ensure service provision is maintained.  Due to funding requirements, apprentices for this post must be aged between 16-23 years old.

Requirements: 

The successful candidate will have a positive, flexible, ‘can do’ attitude with a willingness to work as part of a team and through their actions make a valuable contribution to the teams’ daily objectives. You will have an interest in horticulture and be able to apply this to the role.  You will be able to communicate effectively and accurately and be willing to take instructions and work in an ‘outdoors’ environment.   

Should you wish to have an informal discussion in relation to this opportunity contact Darren Green, Streetscene Business Manager on 01782 717717 ext 4760.

Closing date:  12pm on Friday, 11 June 2021

To apply please download an Application Form, Job Description and Person Specification 

Please email your completed application form to humanresources@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk by the above closing date. 


Last updated 12 May 2021

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