Apprenticeships

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work based learning programmes which lead to nationally recognised qualifications.  Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills whilst earning (national minimum wage for age) money at the same time.

The length of the apprenticeship depends on the framework subject; but it must be a minimum of 1 year.

How to apply:

All of Sefton MBC apprenticeship opportunities are listed on the National Apprenticeship Service website:

Stage 1 – Register interest by completing the online application form

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice then you can visit www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide to register your interest and search for current apprenticeship opportunities.

Stage 2 – Sit a Maths and English Assessment

After the closing date all eligible applicants will be invited to attend a Maths and English assessment.  Apprenticeship frameworks require apprentices to complete functional skills (link) in English, Maths and ICT.  Therefore applicants have to be assessed to identify if they have the potential to complete these qualifications.

Stage 3 – Short listing

Once the initial assessment results have been received, all applicants that have met the requirements for the apprenticeship will be short listed by a manager.

Stage 4 – Attend an interview

If a manager feels an applicant has met the short list criteria, they will be invited to attend an interview may have an exercise to complete.

To be considered for an apprenticeship you will need:

  • To have lived in the UK for the past 3 years
  • Working towards the right level of English, Maths & ICT
  • Willingness to learn and to apply learning at your workplace
  • Self-motivation
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Further information on apprenticeships across the Liverpool City region is available on the LCR Apprenticeship Hub website.

Sefton Council is committed to providing quality apprenticeships, surpassing the targets set by Government. You can find out more in the document listed below. 

Government Apprenticeship Reporting - 2020/2021 (pdf 102KB)

Testimonials


"I applied for an apprenticeship at Sefton Council after deciding against University. I wanted to gain a qualification but thought I would be more suited to on the job learning instead of full-time education. I started my Business Admin Apprenticeship within the Personnel team in 2016. I learned so much and gained a lot of experience whilst completing my apprenticeship, both in the work side of things but also in the theory side of the apprenticeship. I received amazing support from both the apprenticeship team and my line manager and colleagues.

"After completing my level 2 qualification I was offered the chance to stay with the company and complete my level 3 qualification which I did. I developed my knowledge even further and gained even more experience, becoming more confident in my job and myself. After 3 years as an apprentice and after completing both my level 2 and 3, I applied for a permanent position within our THR team. I was successful and have been in that job for over 2 years now. I believe that both my apprenticeships have helped me get to the position I am in today. I have learned a variety of skills and knowledge through the programme that I have been able to transfer over to my new job. Since being in a permanent role I have been offered the chance to complete a level 4 qualification alongside my job and that is something I will be taking up in the future."

Ellie Murren, THR Officer, Transactional HR

'My apprenticeship with Sefton has offered me opportunities that have challenged me but helped me develop into a more skilled individual. While doing my NVQ qualification I have been able to learn whileworking, which is a more beneficial way of learning for many. Not only have I learnt massively about what life is like in a working environment, but I have been able to develop working relationships.'

'Since starting my apprenticeship, I have been given numerous opportunities to develop my knowledge through training and workshops. I feel the apprenticeship has given me the confidence to speak openly about my experience as a care leaver and  I have also been given the chance to raise awareness for Looked-After Children. I am now using my experiences to help other care leavers prepare for independence and achieve their goals. I am passionate about the role so thanks to the apprentice team as I am now working in my dream job!'

"My first apprenticeship was a digital marketing role back in 2015, about 4 weeks after finishing school! Fast forward 7 years and I'm just about to complete another, higher-level apprenticeship in marketing with the Council. Choosing to do an apprenticeship was the best decision I've ever made, and I wouldn't change a single thing. Apprenticeships open many doors of opportunity and I'd recommend anyone to give one a go. Mine led me to 10 Downing Street... you never know what it'll lead to for you!"

“I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship at Sefton, I have developed a whole new range of skills and knowledge within the Environmental Health Team. This course has provided me with several opportunities to expand my knowledge and develop strong working relationships, both inside and outside the working environment. I attained my Foundation Degree in Regulation and Compliance resulting in a permanent position within the Environmental Enforcement Team, which though challenging I thoroughly enjoy. I was nominated for the National Apprenticeship Awards and was selected as one of the finalists, so all the hard work paid off. I would recommend this course, as the support, knowledge and skills that you gain are outstanding. This has enabled me to follow a completely new career path and given me a huge confidence boost.”

“I completed a level 5 operations management apprentice qualification with Sefton Council. I was new to my role, and I wanted to expand my knowledge and skill base within the area of management.

"My favourite part of the apprenticeship was returning to learning after a long time. I wanted to increase my confidence academically, along with opening the door to further opportunities.

"I specifically enjoyed exploring how organisations are structured, via systems and models, along with how socio-economic factors play a huge part in decision making. I explored models within other local authorities, via sharing good practice, along with how we have learnt from various reviews that often systemic factors and communication methods play a huge part in decision making and outcomes.

"I also enjoyed the learning of ‘power’ and how often, this too is an element within the managerial role that can often go wrong. I identified my own managerial style and grew confident in the style I wanted to maintain.”

 

 


Last Updated on Friday, November 26, 2021

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