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What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a training programme where you can combine real work with training and study, which will lead to a nationally recognised qualification. As an apprentice, you can expect to gain skills, knowledge and experience in a skilled role, as well as a qualification that helps to kickstart your career. The only requirements for applicants are that they are over 16 years of age, and not currently in full-time education or work.

photo of apprentices at award ceremony
photo of apprentices at award ceremony

Types of apprenticeships

Reading Borough Council offers lots of different apprenticeships. From mid-level to higher education level, depending on which one you choose, they could last from one to five years.

Whether you’re finishing school or thinking about changing jobs, our apprenticeships are available in many areas of the council.

Examples of apprenticeships we’ve offered include:

  • Business administration – learn skills such as organising data, writing emails, using office tools and computers.
  • Customer service – learn ways to communicate well and help local residents with requests.
  • Finance and accounting – learn how to use financial software, understand budgets and manage money.
  • Regulatory services – this role includes tasks such as checking businesses and properties are following the correct rules and learning about laws.
  • Building Control – making sure buildings are safe and following regulations.
  • Surveying – learn to use survey equipment, collect data and prepare reports.
  • Social care (Age 18+ only) – in this role you will provide care and support to vulnerable people.
  • Early years – learn about child development and well-being, help them to learn and develop new skills.
  • Trades – assist experts with council home repairs and installations in jobs such as plumbing, electrical work or carpentry.

When you join the council, you’ll be part of Team Reading, where you’ll learn from experts and receive lots of support. You can expect a mix of on-the-job training and computer studies, and you’ll get a qualification when you finish – all whilst earning money!

After finishing their training, Emma and Levi both started working for the council full-time. Watch the two videos below to hear their stories.

Apprenticeships for current employees

Apprenticeships are also available to our employees. It offers our team the opportunity to upskill and advance their career whilst in full-time employment. Dependant on which apprenticeship is chosen, some time is spent each week focusing on studying, within regular working hours. In the video below, Roseline Fernandes shares her recent apprenticeship experience with us.

How to apply

Applying for an apprenticeship is easy. Simply browse current vacancies and apply for apprenticeships on our careers website by uploading your CV or completing a form. All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • you must be over the age of 16
  • you are not in full-time education or work
  • you must have lived in the UK or EEA for the last three years
  • you are not already involved in another government funded programme
  • you do not have a qualification that overlaps with your chosen apprenticeship

Note: some apprenticeships may require English and Maths GCSEs. If so, it will be stated in the job description. 

Apprenticeships at Reading Borough Council

Browse and apply to current vacancies on our dedicated careers website

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply?
Apprenticeship vacancies are posted all year round on our careers website. If you can’t find an apprenticeship role you’d like to apply for right now, be sure to check back another day. You can also set up alerts so you will receive an email when an apprenticeship role is posted.
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What is the application process?
After finding a role you’re interested in, there are three steps to the application process:

  • Upload your CV and complete the relevant online application form (you’ll get an email to confirm we have received your application)
  • If you are successful, you will be invited to an interview
  • Successful applicants will be offered a job and may be asked for their references or qualification certificates

  • Apprenticeship job roles also have a section to include a personal statement. We would recommend using this space to tell us a little more about yourself, and why you are well suited to the role. Examples could include previous work experience, life experiences or times you have done well in school.

    We are a member of the disability confidence scheme and the care leavers covenant. This means, if you disclose to us you have a disability, are a care leaver and you meet the job role criteria, we will guarantee you an interview.
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    Can I apply more than once?
    Yes. You should apply for each role you are interested in, and if unsuccessful, we welcome multiple applications.
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    Do I need Maths and English qualifications?
    Some apprenticeships will require Maths and English GCSEs. If they do, it will be listed in the job description.

    All other apprenticeships require you to pass functional skills. You do not need this to apply, it can be completed while you do your apprenticeship. You will be given a tutor and exam support to help you pass.
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    How is training delivered?
    The way training is delivered depends on the apprenticeship level and the provider. Some may need you to go to college, while others are online. When you start with us, we’ll connect you with the provider who will explain how it’s going to work. If your course requires that you go to college, we’ll pay for it.
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    Can I do an apprenticeship if I already have a degree?
    Yes, as long as you don’t have a qualification in a similar subject as the apprenticeship you’ve chosen.
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    What happens at the end of the apprenticeship?
    Our apprenticeships last for a set amount of time, but we will do our best to keep you on once it’s over. Your manager will talk with you about what’s next when your contract ends. We’ll also keep an eye out for other jobs in the council because your new skills may be useful in different teams.
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    Who can I contact if I have any questions?
    You are welcome to reach out with any questions you have. We can provide support and more detailed information throughout any stage of the process. There will always be contact details for the hiring manager on the job advert. Alternatively, you can contact the apprenticeships team by emailing apprenticeships@reading.gov.uk or call us on 0118 937 2757.
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    Last updated on 12/06/2024