Applications invited for council apprenticeships

More than 30 apprenticeship vacancies at a North East local authority will offer new career opportunities for people looking to earn as they learn.

Durham County Council is recruiting apprentices across a wide range of occupations, with roles available from entry-level to degree-level apprenticeships.

People have until Sunday 19 July to apply for the following opportunities, which are 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

The council is welcoming applicants of all ages and backgrounds to apply for the posts, which are advertised at www.northeastjobs.org.uk

Twenty-year-old Josh Thorns had worked in various temporary roles, including casual work in leisure centres and teaching English to young people from other countries, before securing his current financial management apprenticeship with the council.

Josh started his three-year apprenticeship in September 2019, based at Durham’s County Hall, and is studying AAT qualifications with New College Durham. As he lives locally, in normal circumstances Josh can walk or cycle to work and his day release placement at college, but he is currently working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Josh 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.”

To find out more about apprenticeship opportunities at Durham County Council, visit www.durham.gov.uk/apprenticeships

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