Dudley Council wants to invest in your future

By applying for an apprenticeship with the Academy you have the chance to join the largest employer in the borough and gain experience and knowledge in a wide variety of services that the council offers. 

Dudley Apprenticeships offer:
  • An Alternative to university
  • Earn while you learn
  • Gain qualifications
  • Improve your career prospects
  • Perfect start to your career
What is an apprenticeship?
  • An opportunity to learn on the job
  • Build your skills and knowledge
  • Earn an income

An opportunity to be supported towards getting a job after completing your apprenticeship

Do I qualify for an apprenticeship?
If you live in England, are over 16 and not in full time education you can apply.
How long does an apprenticeship take?
The apprenticeship will take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type and level.
What levels of apprenticeships are being offered?

We offer a variety of opportunities in both Schools and across the council.

There are three levels of apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate level apprenticeships (Level 2 standard, which is equivalent to GCSE)
  • Advanced level apprenticeships (Level 3 standard, which is equivalent to A level)
  • Higher apprenticeships (Level 4 standard, which is equivalent to a foundation degree or HND)
What will I earn?

From October 2015 a National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices has been introduced for young people ages 16-18 and those ages over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. The new rate is £3.50 per hour. The new NMW applies to time working plus time spent training as this forms part of the Apprenticeship. Anyone not covered by the age category above will be entitled to the NMW appropriate to their age.

During an apprenticeship you will complete an Level 2 standard with specific training selected to fulfil the requirements of the role you will be undertaking.

Will I be doing a real job?

You will be working within a team, gaining experience of key work disciplines to help make you more ‘work ready’.

You will also learn new skills and undergo personal development as part of your standard.

What training would I get?

During an apprenticeship you will complete an NVQ level 2 apprenticeship with specific training selected to fulfil the requirements of the role you will be undertaking. There may also be the possibility of additional training that may help you progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship and an NVQ level 3 apprenticeship (this will be subject to availability).

All apprenticeships include key skills such as English, Maths, ICT, personal learning and thinking skills, most will also include a technical certificate.

Throughout your training you will work closely with an assessor and your manager who will support and assist you to achieve your apprenticeship.

Depending on the framework (programme) you undertake you may have to attend college one day a week or alternatively you will undertake your coursework in the workplace. This will be confirmed to you when you commence your apprenticeship.

We work in partnership with local and national learning providers that deliver a variety of frameworks for the academy. 

What will Dudley Council Academy expect from me?

Commitment to learn and develop!

By joining the Academy, you will be agreeing to work and study hard to realise your own potential and success. The Academy will ensure the manager and assessor support you throughout your training because you will work in an environment where colleagues are able to lead, manage and mentor you. You will receive the best training and development opportunities available and all we ask in return is that you take these opportunities and use them to benefit you both during and following the completion of your apprenticeship.

What happens after I complete my apprenticeship?

You will have the opportunity to apply for vacancies within the council. If you are not successful in gaining employment with the council and you have nearly completed your standard, we will discuss with you options available. This may include options with our learning providers to pursue other standards, the opportunity to join the councils own internal Temp Solutions Recruitment Agency which provides casual work placements across the council.

If you are under 18 years of age we can signpost you to our Connexion service.

Connexions Dudley is part of Dudley Council’s children’s services and provides information, advice and guidance on learning and work.

The service is designed to support young people aged 13 – 19 (up to aged 25 for those with learning difficulties and or disabilities). Connexions also provides information and support to parents/carers and other professionals on a range of youth issues.

If you are over 18 years we can signpost you to either the Job Centre Plus or may be given the opportunity to join to our internal Temp Solutions Recruitment Agency.

Don’t worry, we will discuss options available to you in more detail before you complete your standard.

How do you promote the apprenticeship academy?

Members of the apprenticeship team and some of our apprentices attend events across Dudley borough & the wider West Midlands including:

  • College open days
  • Jobs fairs
  • School end of year open days
  • Army reserve open day
  • West Midlands Employers Annual Conference

We attend any events that we are invited to or have seen, which will enable us to share the good work and raise our profile as an Apprenticeship Employer.

Additional benefits and discounts for the employees of Dudley Council

As well as earning whilst you learn new skills you will enjoy a generous annual leave entitlement and pension.

Dudley Council supports and promotes working in an agile way which can assist with fitting in studying and other life commitments. 

The council offers significant benefits and discounts through partner agencies and local retailers;

EE Perks for All Council employees; You can now get a fantastic 20% discount off their monthly line rental on loads of EE’s plans, including tablet, SIM only and broadband plans.

KAARP Discounts: 100’s of discounts on shopping, entertainment, holidays and much more.

Leisure Centre Benefits: If you are looking for a membership package that offers unlimited access to our facilities, whether it’s swimming, using the gym or taking part in fitness classes, Options Lifestyle is for you. New users to the Lifestyles gyms receive a comprehensive induction.

Local Benefits: Dudley Council have teamed up with some of the best local food retailers such as The Venue, Finesse Desserts and Costa Coffee all offering you a massive 10% off your food bill.

dudley logos

Dudley Council wants to invest in your future

By applying for an apprenticeship with the Academy you have the chance to join the largest employer in the borough and gain experience and knowledge in a wide variety of services that the council offers. 

Dudley Apprenticeships offer:
  • An Alternative to university
  • Earn while you learn
  • Gain qualifications
  • Improve your career prospects
  • Perfect start to your career
What is an apprenticeship?
  • An opportunity to learn on the job
  • Build your skills and knowledge
  • Earn an income

An opportunity to be supported towards getting a job after completing your apprenticeship

Do I qualify for an apprenticeship?
If you live in England, are over 16 and not in full time education you can apply.
How long does an apprenticeship take?
The apprenticeship will take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type and level.
What levels of apprenticeships are being offered?

We offer a variety of opportunities in both Schools and across the council.

There are three levels of apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate level apprenticeships (Level 2 standard, which is equivalent to GCSE)
  • Advanced level apprenticeships (Level 3 standard, which is equivalent to A level)
  • Higher apprenticeships (Level 4 standard, which is equivalent to a foundation degree or HND)
What will I earn?

From October 2015 a National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices has been introduced for young people ages 16-18 and those ages over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. The new rate is £3.50 per hour. The new NMW applies to time working plus time spent training as this forms part of the Apprenticeship. Anyone not covered by the age category above will be entitled to the NMW appropriate to their age.

During an apprenticeship you will complete an Level 2 standard with specific training selected to fulfil the requirements of the role you will be undertaking.

Will I be doing a real job?

You will be working within a team, gaining experience of key work disciplines to help make you more ‘work ready’.

You will also learn new skills and undergo personal development as part of your standard.

What training would I get?

During an apprenticeship you will complete an NVQ level 2 apprenticeship with specific training selected to fulfil the requirements of the role you will be undertaking. There may also be the possibility of additional training that may help you progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship and an NVQ level 3 apprenticeship (this will be subject to availability).

All apprenticeships include key skills such as English, Maths, ICT, personal learning and thinking skills, most will also include a technical certificate.

Throughout your training you will work closely with an assessor and your manager who will support and assist you to achieve your apprenticeship.

Depending on the framework (programme) you undertake you may have to attend college one day a week or alternatively you will undertake your coursework in the workplace. This will be confirmed to you when you commence your apprenticeship.

We work in partnership with local and national learning providers that deliver a variety of frameworks for the academy. 

What will Dudley Council Academy expect from me?

Commitment to learn and develop!

By joining the Academy, you will be agreeing to work and study hard to realise your own potential and success. The Academy will ensure the manager and assessor support you throughout your training because you will work in an environment where colleagues are able to lead, manage and mentor you. You will receive the best training and development opportunities available and all we ask in return is that you take these opportunities and use them to benefit you both during and following the completion of your apprenticeship.

What happens after I complete my apprenticeship?

You will have the opportunity to apply for vacancies within the council. If you are not successful in gaining employment with the council and you have nearly completed your standard, we will discuss with you options available. This may include options with our learning providers to pursue other standards, the opportunity to join the councils own internal Temp Solutions Recruitment Agency which provides casual work placements across the council.

If you are under 18 years of age we can signpost you to our Connexion service.

Connexions Dudley is part of Dudley Council’s children’s services and provides information, advice and guidance on learning and work.

The service is designed to support young people aged 13 – 19 (up to aged 25 for those with learning difficulties and or disabilities). Connexions also provides information and support to parents/carers and other professionals on a range of youth issues.

If you are over 18 years we can signpost you to either the Job Centre Plus or may be given the opportunity to join to our internal Temp Solutions Recruitment Agency.

Don’t worry, we will discuss options available to you in more detail before you complete your standard.

How do you promote the apprenticeship academy?

Members of the apprenticeship team and some of our apprentices attend events across Dudley borough & the wider West Midlands including:

  • College open days
  • Jobs fairs
  • School end of year open days
  • Army reserve open day
  • West Midlands Employers Annual Conference

We attend any events that we are invited to or have seen, which will enable us to share the good work and raise our profile as an Apprenticeship Employer.

Additional benefits and discounts for the employees of Dudley Council

As well as earning whilst you learn new skills you will enjoy a generous annual leave entitlement and pension.

Dudley Council supports and promotes working in an agile way which can assist with fitting in studying and other life commitments. 

The council offers significant benefits and discounts through partner agencies and local retailers;

EE Perks for All Council employees; You can now get a fantastic 20% discount off their monthly line rental on loads of EE’s plans, including tablet, SIM only and broadband plans.

KAARP Discounts: 100’s of discounts on shopping, entertainment, holidays and much more.

Leisure Centre Benefits: If you are looking for a membership package that offers unlimited access to our facilities, whether it’s swimming, using the gym or taking part in fitness classes, Options Lifestyle is for you. New users to the Lifestyles gyms receive a comprehensive induction.

Local Benefits: Dudley Council have teamed up with some of the best local food retailers such as The Venue, Finesse Desserts and Costa Coffee all offering you a massive 10% off your food bill.

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