Apprenticeships - What we'll do for you

Apprenticeship vacancies

We take apprenticeships seriously and we will invest in you. Our aim is to help you achieve your career goals.

As a Cumbria County Council apprentice not only will you make a positive difference to the people and communities within Cumbria, you will:

As well as working and undertaking your apprenticeship within your usual team, you may have the opportunity to be involved in one of our mini projects to support the Council improve services and facilities for the communities in Cumbria.

As part of a mini project team you will work with other apprentices from different service areas and be supported by mangers from the relevant teams, as well as the Apprenticeship Team.

These experiences will help you learn and add new skills which will be useful during your apprenticeship; add to your CV; and use as positive examples of personal development with future job applications. 

The mini projects can be wide ranging. A recent example of a project which a group apprentices were involved with, was as part of the consultation process with the public in Barrow in Furness linked to the £1.4m revamp and improvements of the town's library.

The project group consulted by gathering the views of the public in many locations over several days, before analysing the data and producing a report which informed the local decision makers and County Council Cabinet Members. 

To see details of the changes that are now underway at Barrow, why not have a look at our plans:

Barrow Library Building Revamp (YouTube)

You'll earn a wage and get holiday pay whilst undertaking an apprenticeship with us. You'll be paid the national apprenticeship wage (if 19 years old or over, after 12 months your salary will increase to minimum wage for your age).

You'll work in a real job alongside highly skilled and experienced staff.
You'll be assigned a mentor from day one, who will provide you with day to day support, advice and guidance.

You'll gain valuable and transferable on the job skills to help you in your career. An apprenticeship is a job with training to industry standards.

You'll gain a nationally recognised apprenticeship qualification - Level 2, 3 or 4
You'll get your home to work travel costs paid up to a maximum of £15 per week.
You'll receive additional support throughout your apprenticeship from the Council's Apprenticeship Team.

Working for us brings all the benefits of one of the county's best employers:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (one of the best)
  • Flexible working environments
  • Occupational maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Access to occupational health services
  • Staff offers and discounts

You'll study for your apprenticeship qualification with one of our high quality training providers. Depending on the qualification, you will study with them for 1to 4 days a month.  

While there is no guarantee that a position would become available at the end of your apprenticeship, you will have access to the council's internal job vacancies list which is only available to council employees, improving your chances of getting a permanent job.

In the last five years the majority of apprentices secured a job with the council at the end of their apprenticeship, with others going on to jobs elsewhere or to further study and education.

An apprenticeship with us will set you up for an exciting and rewarding career, even if you're not sure what that might be right now!