Craven District Council

Craven District Council

Apprenticeship Scheme

Craven District Council is committed to recruiting high quality and motivated young people to the authority.

We are dedicated to developing and nurturing individuals by passing on skills and knowledge in order to grow our own talent.

Currently we offer apprenticeships in Business Support, Customer Services, Finance, Information Services, Planning, Cultural Services, Craven Pool (Lifeguard and Fitness) and Waste Management (Mechanics Workshop). The Apprentices earn whilst they learn, supported by our scheme - our apprentices are on a fixed term contract for a period of 1 or 2 years and this provides 16 - 23 year olds with an opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and experiences. They are usually trained externally towards NVQ Level 2 & 3 - depending on the qualification they are working towards.

Recruitment & contact

Recruitment for apprentice positions takes place around May/June in partnership with Craven College. Interested young people are encouraged to contact Joanne Garnett, Business Support Manager, 01756 706204 and/or Helen Donald Apprentice Co-coordinator, Craven College 01756 693684.

Apprentices pose for a picture outside of the Craven District Council offices

Our apprentices are inducted into the authority in the same way as all new employees. Additional support also includes a buddy scheme with internal staff.

The learning and development opportunities support the Council's People Strategy which aims to raise the aspirations of young people in the District.

A typical day

A typical day for an apprentice in our Business Support Department would be as follows:

NVQ Level 2

The apprentice oversees and supports the daily functions of the unit, e.g. sorting and distributing the Council's incoming post, processing outgoing post, updating spreadsheets, preparing the meeting rooms, responding to routine telephone calls and taking messages as required. Scanning and indexing documents, inputting data photocopying and general housekeeping.

NVQ Level 3

Having developed a sound knowledge of the function, the apprentice is developed by giving the post holder more responsibility, now that they have a sound base knowledge of the ongoing business. Apprentices also buddy Level 2 apprentices. In addition they are developed to take on more challenging and creative work and would build up a more sound knowledge of each discipline within the service area.

Work Experience

Craven District Council offers work experience placements, arranged through local schools and colleges. Contact the Human Resources team for more information.