Applications open for Council’s apprenticeship programme

08/03/2018, PR8761

Wakefield Council is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by promoting the wide-range of apprenticeship opportunities it has available across the district.

The Council has today opened applications for its nationally recognised apprenticeship programme.

This year, the Council is offering approximately 50 new posts in areas including operational administration, customer service, youth work, horticulture and IT.

People can apply via the Council’s website at until Tuesday 3 April. The apprenticeships will start in August.

Merran McRae, Chief Executive at Wakefield Council, said: “Apprenticeships give people a fantastic opportunity to learn and develop new skills that will help them throughout their working lives.

“It’s a great way into the world of work and provides meaningful career options. Please have a look on our website to find out about the range of opportunities available.”

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, events are taking place for people to come along and find out more about the Council’s apprenticeship programme and other opportunities available in the district.

On Monday, over 4,000 people visited Leeds Arena where Wakefield Council and Wakefield College were exhibiting the roles available. People can also find out more at Minsthorpe Community College on Friday 9 March, 9am - 12pm.

Council apprentices receive their certificates from the Council's Chief Executive, Merran McRae
Council apprentices receive their certificates from the Council's Chief Executive, Merran McRae

On Wednesday 7 March, Wakefield Council held a celebration event for its current 32 apprentices who have just completed their apprenticeships. They were awarded their certificates by the Council’s Chief Executive, Merran McRae.

Merran added: “Congratulations to all our apprentices on their success. It’s great to hear them all speak highly of their experiences and I hope it encourages more people to think seriously about applying for an apprenticeship and starting their career with us.”

Stanley Cheng, who is doing his Level 3 apprenticeship in Youth Work, said: “The Council’s apprenticeship scheme has been brilliant. Not only has it given me the opportunity to learn valuable skills and gain work experience, I am attaining a nationally recognised qualification. I feel this has really prepared me for my future career, and I would definitely recommend it to others.”

Wakefield Council offers a variety of apprenticeship opportunities ranging from street cleansing, waste recycling, youth justice, civil engineering, information technology and customer services.

There are numerous benefits of taking an apprenticeship with Wakefield Council such as rates of pay higher than the national average, generous holiday entitlement, eligibility to join the pension scheme, reduced travel passes and a great opportunity to develop a career.

For information on Council apprenticeships visit


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