Apprenticeships

Elevate your future with an exciting apprenticeship at Broadland District and South Norfolk Councils. We have a number of exciting roles available to you, with new opportunities added all the time.

Hear from some of our apprentices past and present

View our latest apprenticeship opportunities

What are the benefits to working for Broadland District and South Norfolk Councils?

Benefits include:

  • National living wage salary – starting at £17,142 plus fully funded learning
  • 25 days holidays
  • Flexible working hours
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Employee discounts
  • Youth Friendly Employer
  • Disability Confident Employer
  • Mental Health First Aider Employer
  • Flexible Working Employers

If you have any questions about any of our apprenticeship roles please email:

learninganddevelopment@southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk

Find out more about apprenticeships and the criteria to become an apprentice on the government website - Become an apprentice.

For updates on all the latest vacancies follow our social media channels.

Below you can learn more about the experiences of some of our apprentices at Broadland and South Norfolk Councils.

Apprentice Case Studies

Teagan and Ellie - Business Administration Apprentices

 

 

Aaron - Graduate Apprentice Planning Officer

Hello, I’m Aaron and I joined South Norfolk and Broadland Council in October 2021 as a Graduate Apprentice Planning Officer. After studying my undergraduate degree in economics, I took a break from structured work and decided to work on my personal projects and businesses. My future in terms of formal work was quite unclear, I wasn’t sure what to pursue. I knew I wanted to experience a ‘graduate level’ job, but also didn’t want to feel too restricted or controlled by an office job. I wanted to enjoy my work and not resent it like so many do.

My degree left me with an interest in working within the public sector and with an aim to contribute to positive change and continue my learning. Thus, when I stumbled upon the chance to study towards my master’s degree whilst also gaining practical experience in an area of interest within my local government, it seemed a perfect fit.

The experience so far has been a positive one. My team has been very welcoming and willing to share their knowledge and experience within planning.

Starting a new job can always be daunting at first, but I quickly settled in and felt confident within my role. If I am stuck or need an opinion or advice, everyone is willing to help. The job also offers a good degree of flexibility to ensure a healthy work/life balance.

The chance to build on-the-job experience whilst expanding my level of education is what makes the apprenticeship route a great place to start a career, and I would encourage others to explore this route as an option

 

Gemma - Communities Support Apprentice

 

Cerys - Assistant HR Business Partner 

Hi, I’m Cerys, I’m 21 years old and I’m an Assistant HR Business Partner, working for South Norfolk and Broadland District Council and I’ve been working here since January 2020 when I started as an HR Apprentice.

I applied for an apprenticeship within Local Government as I had left college and decided that university wasn’t for me. I much prefer being hands on with my learning, which is why learning at work was such a great opportunity.

I’ve found the experience of being an apprentice in local government very rewarding. Although I am not on the front line helping our residents, I get to support and work alongside outstanding colleagues who are helping those in our local communities.

During my apprenticeship I learnt the basics of HR and used that knowledge to help improve our recruitment processes, conduct staff consultations, answer employee queries and ensure we adhered to our policies and legislation.

Balancing working and studying can be challenging, however it’s key to communicate with your tutor and your manager to keep them informed and for them to provide support where necessary. As much as it can be a challenge working and studying at the same time, I believe this taught me prioritisation, time management and stakeholder management skills, all of which I was able to transfer to my new role.

The most rewarding part of my apprenticeship was the opportunities I was given, and the head start it gave to my career. I started as a shy, HR Apprentice with limited knowledge of what human resources was all about. I have since gained immense confidence and completed my level 3 apprenticeship with a triple distinction. I am now studying my level 5 CIPD, gained a permanent Assistant HR Business Partner position within the Council, all within two years.

 

Ellie - PR and Communications Apprentice

I’m Ellie Emerson and I joined South Norfolk and Broadland Council as a PR and Communications Apprentice at the end of September 2021. When job searching, I wasn’t originally looking for an apprenticeship as I originally wanted to find a career straight off the back of my degree, but I quickly realised that taking the apprenticeship route is the perfect way to kickstart my career and build my skills, character, and further educate myself, whilst also getting paid.

The balance between working and studying has worked well for me. Each week I’m given the Friday where I exclusively undertake apprenticeship course work and Monday – Thursday where I partake in my PR and Comms duties for the councils. This divide provides me with clear guidelines while allowing me to set my own timetable and find a routine that works for me, increasing my productivity.

Apprenticeships are incredibly beneficial. Mine has enabled me to network with a large number of people and learn a great deal and to gain a deep and thorough understanding of the practice and understand some of the theory behind PR and Comms.

If anybody were to come up and ask me if I recommend undertaking an apprenticeship in local authority, I would tell them 100%! As well as gaining experience, it’s also come with some unexpected perks including character building, boosting my confidence, and making connections with other apprentices as a result of apprentice away days and meetings.

Something I’ve noticed about South Norfolk and Broadland Councils is that they really value their apprentices and those with less experience as much as they value those who have had many years of industry experience. From my first day, I was told that no idea is a bad idea and to never feel afraid to speak up if I have an idea, as it will always be considered and listened to. I’ve found this to be true; I really do feel like part of the team and that I am taken seriously.

Over the next five years, I’d love to finish my apprenticeship and then continue with my career with the council. Being an apprentice in the council has opened up countless opportunities for me and I would encourage anyone looking for a change or kickstart in a career to apply.