There has never been a better time to start an apprenticeship. In 2015/16, over half a million young people in the UK decided to study on the job.

More and more, apprenticeships are recognised as a great alternative to university. Participants learn new skills, work towards a recognised diploma and receive a salary, rather than building up student debt.

At Derby City Council, we’ve pledged to create 2000 jobs and apprenticeships for local people by 2019. Our in-house apprenticeship programme is an important part of that commitment.

Every year the Council hires approximately 50 apprentices. Each apprenticeship takes between one and four years to complete, depending on the level and subject you’re studying. What’s more, over 70 per cent of those completing their training in the last twelve months have gone on to secure permanent positions with the authority.

Some people might think that apprenticeships are just like work experience, where you are given basic tasks to do or told to make the tea. At the Council, that is not the case.

We help our apprentices gain relevant qualifications, valuable new skills and on-the-job experience. Apprentices are given real responsibilities and expected to work hard, just like anyone else in the organisation.

In return, we offer an attractive package of benefits, including:

  • a competitive rate of pay – £129.50 per week
  • 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday
  • 26 days’ holiday and all bank holidays per year
  • the opportunity to work towards recognised qualifications
  • an environment in which you can gain valuable skills and learn alongside experienced staff
  • help and support from managers, training providers and colleagues
  • the chance to secure a permanent job with the Council at the end of your apprenticeship.

Celine undertook an apprenticeship in our Commissioning team, and went on to secure a permanent position with the Council:

“Completing my apprenticeship was the right choice for me. I liked the idea of continuing my education whilst gaining experience in the workplace.

“When I first started my apprenticeship I was a very nervous 16-year-old, but the people I work with are very friendly, supportive and helped me settle into my job straight away. I attended college once a week and my assessor came to see me every three weeks to observe the work I was doing as part of my NVQ.

“I enjoyed my apprenticeship because I could put into practice the things I was learning at college; I received a monthly wage and met lots of new people.”

Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said:

“Derby City Council has pledged to create learning opportunities for residents of all ages.

“Whether you are a school leaver or looking at a change of career, we want you to be able to choose the education or training that is right for your circumstances.

“Apprenticeships are a great opportunity to develop lifelong skills in a professional environment.”

Derby City Council offers apprenticeships in a range of departments, with the potential to progress after a successful first year.

These include:

  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Customer Service
  • Accountancy
  • IT
  • Education (teaching assistant)

If you’d like the chance to learn on the job, gain qualifications, meet new people and earn an income at the same time, you should consider an apprenticeship with Derby City Council.

To view current apprenticeship opportunities, visit our website.