Learn and earn your way with an apprenticeship

Across the country, local government provides a huge range of services to local people and employs millions of staff to do so. People who work for council work together with local residents and people in the health service, police forces and other parts of the public sector, as well as working with and using private sector providers of services, making decisions that ensure local people get the most effective and efficient services possible.

Apprenticeships provide young people with an opportunity to learn on the job, gaining knowledge and skills and achieving qualifications while earning money. Being a trainee requires a commitment from you to work and study hard.

If you enjoy working with people, examples of interesting and varied jobs within the sector include:

• social work and social care
• administrative/customer services
• public and media relations
• educational services/psychologists
• leisure and tourism
• youth work/teaching support work
• libraries/recreation


Aside from the exciting range of opportunities to make a difference to your local community, councils are great places to work and for many people already provide an attractive employment package and working environment.

Pay and terms and conditions

The pay and terms and conditions of employment for over 1.3 million local government services employees is largely set nationally but with a range of local variation on these terms by local councils. The details of the employment package would be shared as part of the recruitment process for a specific job.


• Flexibility – with full time, part-time, term-time work options.
• Fair pay and pensions – local authorities pay competitive rates of pay with a growing number committing to a minimum of the Living Wage rate.
• The Local Government Pension Scheme is considered to be one of the best.
• Generous holiday allocation and public holidays.
• Career progression and relevant training.
• Job satisfaction.
• Maternity, paternity and adoption leave.
• Sickness scheme which is intended to supplement statutory entitlement and incapacity benefit.

What do the levels of apprenticeship mean?

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

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Start your career journey and take a look at our current vacancies and apply for an apprenticeship with us.