Through the Dudley Council apprenticeship scheme, we really want to support you and invest in your future career and aspirations. The apprenticeship scheme we have running here gives you the opportunity to join the largest employer in the borough, whilst gaining new skills with on the job training and recognised qualifications.
What is an Apprenticeship?
The face of apprenticeships is changing.
An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying skills development programme and are often considered to be targeted at those whose are first starting their careers, but this no longer holds true. They are not just for school leavers – it is a great way to kick-start a career or work towards a now role within your existing career. Check out our case studies section to find out what it’s like to be an apprentice.
As an apprentice, you will gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills you need for your immediate job and future career. This is gained through a wide mix of learning in the workplace e.g. shadowing and working alongside experienced staff, formal off-the-job-training and opportunities to practice new skills in a real work environment.
Key benefits of an apprenticeship
Earn while you learn - Gain a qualification while working in a real job
Receive a recognised qualification - Apprenticeships include professional qualifications alongside your apprenticeship
Ongoing and personalised support - Work based mentors, managers, assessors and fellow apprentices all offer a support mechanism to achieve your apprenticeship
Gain real work experience - You can no longer complete an apprenticeship – unless you have a job too – so work experience has to happen
Develop your skills - Apprenticeship qualifications offer 3 areas of learning – skills, knowledge and behaviours.
Improve employability - When you have an achieved an apprenticeship, employers know you have had to prove the knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with the job
Have a structured training programme - All apprenticeship programmes follow a structured programme over a given amount of time. Some are day release, some are block release and some are flexible learning. All apprentices must be allowed 20% of the working time for "off job" learning
Excellent progression opportunities - Apprenticeship qualifications show you have the ability to learn and develop and combine work and learning at the same time.
What we offer
At Dudley, there are 3 levels of apprenticeship on offer:
Intermediate: Level 2 standard which is equivalent to GCSE
Advanced: Level 3 standard which is equivalent to A Level
Higher Levels: Level 4 & 5 standard which is equivalent to a Foundation degree or HND
We have opportunities in a both schools and across Council Services and below are an example of some of the programmes we offer:
- Business Admin
- Customer Service
- Teaching Assistant
- Heating and Ventilation
- Vehicle Maintenance
We also offer a range Housing Maintenance Construction Apprenticeship Opportunities.
Who we Partner With
We work with a variety of partner organisations to deliver our Apprenticeships - here are just a few example of training providers that we work with: