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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Apprenticeship Programme 2019

We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic people to join our apprenticeship programme and have a variety of opportunities available, starting in September 2019. If you’re looking for the opportunity to work in an ambitious and diverse organisation, share our culture and behaviours, and are willing to work hard to develop your skills to build a stimulating and rewarding career, we would like to hear from you.




Our Apprenticeship Opportunities

The Council delivers a wide range of services to the people of the borough offering many exciting career opportunities. You may already be aware of some of our front line services such as waste and recycling collections and social services, but we also offer opportunities in areas such as Catering and Events, Engineering and Building Services, and business support functions such as Finance, HR, Legal and ICT.

We have over 40 apprenticeship vacancies available across a range of services, a full list of our current vacancies is outlined below, and also in our Apprenticeship Brochure. All of our apprenticeship vacancies will be advertised on this page and on

Interested? We would be delighted to see you at one of our Apprenticeship Open Days where you can learn more about what the Council can offer and meet the people you could be working with, as well as accessing information and support to help you with the application process.

The Apprenticeship Open Days will take place in the former Topshop Unit opposite Debenhams, Wellington Square, Stockton-on-Tees on:

Wednesday 22 May 2019, 10.30am – 6.30pm

Wednesday 29 May 2019, 10.30am – 6.30pm

Register your interest now to receive updates on our exciting Apprenticeship opportunities and Apprenticeship Events by emailing [email protected]


How to apply?

Please complete our Apprenticeship application form, and submit this to [email protected] no later than the closing date of Sunday 16th June 2019.

Please ensure you refer to the essential requirements outlined in the advert, Job Description and Person Specification when completing the personal statement on your application, as this information will be used to shortlist candidates for the next stage of selection.

Our apprenticeship opportunities are open to anyone aged 16 and above, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds with all levels of experience who are looking to build a successful career with an award winning Council. Please do check each apprenticeship opportunity for any minimum essential requirements.


Business and support


Business Administration – Level 2 / 3

A Business Administration apprenticeship will provide you with an ideal foundation for your career, enabling you to develop transferable skills and gain work experience in a variety of areas. We have a number of Business Administration apprenticeships available across the Council services offering a great insight in to how the Council works and the administrative support required by a large and diverse organisation. Duration: 12/18 months


HR Support Assistant – Level 3

Human Resources provide support to our managers and employees, ensure our culture statement is brought to life through our policies and procedures, employee benefits and support, training and development opportunities and so much more. There will be opportunities to get involved in a number of projects such as the annual apprenticeship programme, Employee Benefits promotions, Investors in People awards as well as dealing with reactive queries providing HR advice from induction through to retirement. Duration: 18 months


Payroll Administrator – Level 3

An important part of any employee benefits package is ensuring our hard working employees are paid correctly and on time! Working in Xentrall Shared Services as part of a busy team, you will learn about the payroll process from start to finish. Duration: 18 months


Recruitment Assistant – Level 3

We are seeking a proactive individual to join our busy recruitment team within Xentrall Shared Services. You will be allocated vacancies and be required to support, administer and deliver an effective and efficient end to end recruitment service for our managers in both Stockton and Darlington Borough Council from the initial posting of vacancies through to appointment. Duration: 18 months


Legal Support Assistant – Level 3

Launch your legal career with this apprenticeship in our Legal Services team supporting advice across a range of disciplines such as child protection, conveyancing, licensing, litigation, procurement and adult social care. We will provide you with the opportunity to gain experience in a range of legal skills and develop your legal knowledge. Duration: 24 months


Finance & Business Services Assistant – Level 3

Stockton Borough Council has an exciting opportunity within a number of professional teams across the department including: Finance, Procurement, Revenues & Benefits, Information Governance, ICT Systems Support, Health & Safety, Insurance and Internal Audit. You will gain valuable work experience developing a diverse range of administrative tasks including: data input and analysis, producing management information, dealing with telephone enquiries, working with various ICT systems and general administration duties.


ICT Service Technician – Level 3

Technology is at the centre of everything we now do and as an ICT Service Technician apprentice you will provide support to employees in both Stockton and Darlington Borough Council, helping them to effectively use technology and provide support when issues arise. The ICT team are based in Darlington Town Hall but regularly visit office bases across the two boroughs. Duration: 15 months


Digital Printer (Pre-press & Artwork) – Level 2

If you want to be part of a busy print production unit working within a challenging, fast-paced environment then this could be the opportunity for you. Based at our Xentrall Design & Print Production Hub in Stockton, Municipal Buildings you will support both Stockton-on Tees and Darlington Borough Council with their varied Design & Print requirements. Working with both PC and Apple Mac, variable data software and a variety of print and finishing production machinery, this post will provide you with a great foundation for an exciting career within the Design & Print industry. Duration: 18/24 months


Technical Business Support – Level 3

Administration is a great starting point to a career providing you with the foundation for future work in a number of areas. Working in the Construction Facility Services Department, you will gain valuable and varied administration experience through a variety of duties, including collating financial information, data analysis, presenting information in an approved format, provide appropriate customer service and information management. Duration: 18 months


Lettings Officer – Level 3

You will assist the Lettings and Nominations Team with providing a front line service to customers across Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Stockton-On-Tees local authority areas, supporting them with accessing the digital lettings platform to ensure that their housing need is met. Duration: 18 months


Health and social care


Adult Care Worker – Level 2/3

As an Adult Care Worker you can help to ensure our residents receive the right level and type of support at the right time, ensure they are treated with dignity and respect, and supported to live as safely as possible whilst maximising their independence. We have a number of opportunities within Adult Services working across day care settings, residential care and rehabilitation services. If you have a caring nature, and like to help others, this role will offer you the opportunity to add real value to people’s lives. Duration: 12 months


OneCall Assistant (Adult Care Worker) - Level 2

OneCall are looking for someone with the potential to make a difference to the lives of our clients, helping them maintain independent living within their own homes. The role will involve assisting in the delivery of the 24 hour calls handling, response and personal care services offered to clients connected to OneCall. Any potential team member will be compassionate, supportive and have the drive and determination to do the very best for OneCall’s clients. If you are looking for a rewarding career in care, with a challenging difference, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Duration: 12 months


Work Experience Assistant – Level 2

As an Apprentice Work Placement Assistant you will work with our Work Placement Coordinator to improve the opportunities available to local students in accessing individual work placements and work experience weeks within the Council and in the local area. This is a brand new role within the Council and you will have the opportunity to help shape the role going forward. Duration: 12 months


Children & Young People’s Practitioner (Get Connected) – Level 4

This is a great opportunity to make a positive difference in children’s and families’ lives by offering a little bit of extra support or advice and guidance to deliver and promote early help to get a child or young person back on track by delivering preventative services. This apprenticeship will provide you with the knowledge and skills to make a real difference to children and young people in the borough. Duration: 24 months


Information Advice & Support Worker (SEND) – Level 4

Our vision for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is to ensure that Stockton on Tees is a great place to grow up, where children and young people are protected from harm and supported to be the best they can be in life. If your core values are the same, you would like to make a real difference, ensuring diversity is valued and not excluded and want to be part of our corporate parenting family, we want to hear from you! Working with children and families you will provide impartial information, advice and support to promote positive outcomes for children and young people with SEND. Duration: 24 months


SEN Officer – Level 4

The SEN and Engagement Service is responsible for the statutory (legal) processes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities including the Education Health and Care (EHC) assessments, plans and reviews. In this apprenticeship opportunity you will help support the EHC assessment processes and work with the children and families to ensure their voices are heard to help us provide the most appropriate services. Duration: 24 months


Catering and events


Café Assistant – Level 2

We are looking for someone can offer excellent customer service in one of our café’s to ensure they feel valued and have a great customer experience. Working across various sites in the borough this apprenticeship will provide you with an opportunity to start a career in catering and hospitality and develop customer service skills. Duration: 12 months


Catering Supervisor – Level 2

You will gain experience working in a professional kitchen preparing nutritional meals in a School or supporting corporate functions and events. You will undertake general catering duties, working within a team to ensure that standards are met and excellent customer service levels maintained, whilst training to be a Catering Supervisor with opportunities upon completion of your qualification. Duration: 12 months


Business Support Assistant (Events) – Level 3

At Stockton Borough Council we pride ourselves on our calendar of events and as an Apprentice Event Support Assistant you will have the opportunity to work behind the scenes providing great experiences for the people of the borough. Our annual events programme grows each year and we need someone with the drive and skills to provide a wide range of business support functions to help with the delivery of events such Stockton Sparkles, Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF), Stockton Stages and many more, including community led events. Duration: 18 months


Technical and trade


Arborist – Level 2

Working within our parks and gardens across the borough, you will work as part of a team maintaining and developing our green spaces in particular planting, felling and maintaining trees to ensure our borough remains a great place to live. Duration: 24 months


Multi-Skills Tradesperson – Level 2

This apprenticeship will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills in a number of areas from plastering to tiling, joinery to painting working within the Construction & Facility Services Department of the Council, getting involved with the planned, reactive and cyclical projects across the authority in both domestic and commercial environments. This opportunity will give you a good understanding of a range of diverse skills. Duration: 24 months


Highways Maintenance Operative – Level 2

We all use our roads and footpaths to get from one place to the next, either by foot, cycle, public transport or car. Maintaining our highways is an ongoing job due to wear and tear and the impact extreme weather conditions we have. As part of a crew, you will work on the roads and pavements across the borough to repair damaged surfaces, lay concrete and kerbs and lay drainage, ensuring our residents can continue on their journey safely. Duration: 18 months


Highways Electrician (Street Lighting) – Level 2

The Council has invested around £14 million on new street lighting and almost 28,000 lanterns were replaced with modern LED lighting units across the borough on our roads and in residential areas, reducing energy costs and light pollution. Work is now required to continue to maintain our highways street lighting programme and continue to make developments and improvements across the borough. You will certainly need a head for heights as you will support work across the borough installing and servicing street-lighting and other electrical equipment. Duration: 24 months


Electrician – Level 3

Our Electricians are responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical services (e.g. lighting, sockets, and heating controls), both inside and outside buildings and structures. We will help you learn to install, maintain and repair electrical systems in both commercial and domestic environments giving you on the job training and work experience to become a qualified Electrician. Duration: 48 months


Engineering and building


Building Services Technician – Level 3

As a Building Services Design Technician apprentice you will provide assistance to engineers and other construction professionals in the development of cost effective technical and sustainable design solutions involving the production of three dimensional models, calculations, specifications, reports and drawings taking into account, where appropriate, pre-fabrication techniques. Duration: 36 months


Civil Engineering Technician – Level 3

A Civil Engineering Technician provides technical support to engineers and other construction professionals in the design, development, construction, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of the built environment and infrastructure. This apprenticeship will provide an opportunity to gain and develop skills and knowledge in civil engineering. Duration: 36 months


Civil Engineer – Level 6

Civil Engineers provide technical and management input to develop design solutions for complex civil engineering problems. You will work as part of a team of engineers and other construction professionals through all lifecycle stages of development, design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning of civil engineering infrastructure. Whilst working towards a Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) Degree Apprenticeship at Teesside University you will gain valuable work experience knowledge and skills to help set you onto the right path for a career in Engineering. Duration: 66 months


Building Surveyor – Level 6

You will work within our Construction Facility Service carrying out surveys and prepare reports on the condition of buildings and services in existing properties and assist in developing the design and specifications for projects including disabled adaptations, private and commercial extensions, office planning, building surveying and planned maintenance programs. You will gain on the job experience whilst working towards a Building Surveyor BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship at Northumbria University and ultimately gaining full Chartered Membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) upon completion. Duration: 60 months


COMING SOON - Valuer – Level 6

The Council has a significant land and property portfolio across the borough, including industrial units, estate shops, parks and green spaces, office buildings, libraries and specialist sites such as the Hampton by Hilton Hotel and Globe Theatre and town centre assets. We need a Real Estate Valuation Officer to assist with large scale projects and positive change involving the valuation, sales and acquisition of land and property across our borough and undertake work in respect of the management of our land and property portfolio, including lettings, tenant obligations, rent reviews and lease renewals. You will work within our Capital and Assets team gaining on the job experience whilst working towards a Real Estate BSc (Hons) Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship at Northumbria University. Duration: 60 months


COMING SOON - Architect – Level 7

Architects lead on the processes of planning, designing and reviewing the construction of buildings; and are usually the first point of contact on a design team, working with the client and contractor to make final decisions during the design and construction process. Architects use their skills and knowledge to offer creative problem solving and strategic advice related to various types of building, arts and construction projects. This includes developing building designs taking into account multiple constraints, such as structural integrity, the character and location of a site, methods of construction, value for money, design quality and impact on the environment, as well as legal responsibilities. You will work towards an Architect Degree Apprenticeship with Northumbria University whilst gaining value on the job experience working on large scale projects. Duration: 48 months