What will the apprentice be doing?
The central aim of the Public Health Service in Walsall is to protect and improve the health of residents, improve healthy life expectancy, and reduce health inequalities. The team works with key internal and external partners to fulfil the public health duties placed upon the
Council and its partners. This requirement involves striving to help people and communities to maximise their potential for a healthy, happy, and productive life to live healthier for longer. As
Public Health practitioners, Apprentices will focus on health at the community and population level, assessing and managing disease risk and preventing ill health and premature deaths.
Main purpose of the job role:
- Public health practitioners are a vital part of the overall public health workforce and greatly influence the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, communities, and populations.
- Public health practitioners work across the full breadth of public health, from health improvement and health protection to health information, community development and healthcare public health.
- The Public Health Practitioner Apprentice opportunities aim to maximise the learning and development of the post holder in line with Public Health Practitioner standards while also meeting the requirements of the following 6 Public Health areas of work in Walsall:
- Children and Young people
- Health Improvement
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Health inequalities and substance misuse
- Health Protection and Health Care
- Sexual Health
The Public Health Apprentice role include working across the breadth of Public Health work areas and completing a Bachelor's Degree. Public Health Apprentices will be expected to:
• Complete 2 cycles of 6-month rotations across each of the above workstreams
• Attend the University of Coventry to gain relevant qualifications that support delivery against the PH Skills framework.
• Evidence of their learning through an evidence-based Public Health Portfolio, in line with the Public Health Practitioner standards and PH skills and knowledge framework.
• Contribute to the audit/evaluation of the scheme as and when required.
• Be part of a more comprehensive learning network and meet with others to share knowledge and learn.
• Public Health Apprentices will receive a mentor who regularly meets the post holder and the line managerWhat training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
You will undertake a a Public Health Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship Standard which will include 20% off job training which is delivered by a blended learning approach.
You will be joining our award winning Endless Possibilities Apprenticeship programme -
Our Apprenticeship opportunities are fixed term contracts, however, we have an extremely high retention rate and the majority of our Apprentices move into more permanent positions upon completion. You will receive excellent information, advice and guidance on career pathways and support throughout the programme.This is a great entry route to work in local government.What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
This is a fixed term contract however we would expect Apprentices to move into more permanent positions within Public Health or beyond closer to the end of the Apprenticeship.
Requirements and prospects Desired skills and personal qualities
Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Resilience Qualifications
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grace C or equivalent/4 to 9) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grace C or equivalent/4 to 9) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any (Grade Pass) Essential