Trading Standards Apprentice

Derbyshire County Council
County Hall, Smedley Street, Matlock, DE4 3AG
£160.95 - £303.77 per week
25 Mar 2019
25 Mar 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
Purpose of this role:

This apprenticeship programme provides on the job training and a highly competitive study support package at the end of which the successful employee will achieve a level 4apprenticeship as appropriate to role. This level is nationally recognised to be approximately equivalent to an HNC (level 4).

The Trading Standards Apprentice will undertake the Regulatory Compliance Officer Apprenticeship (level 4).

The apprenticeship is fully supported by Derbyshire County Council and an official government approved training provider throughout the duration of the programme.

Apprentices will work with a variety of teams, and can expect to be involved in a variety of projects to:
  • Understand how to implement organisation strategy and plans
  • Understand how a project moves through planning, design, development, deployment and evaluation
  • Develop an awareness of business, client and end user needs throughout the project or programme
  • Build an awareness of interpersonal and communication skills

Key development areas include:
  • pplication of safe systems of work including taking responsibility for accessing and controlling risk, working within legislation, procedures and best practice
  • Awareness of the key principles, methods and processes that underpin the service area
  • Gain an awareness of the related codes of practice, legal and regulatory frameworks, that govern the related functions associated with the service
  • Develop a range of research techniques used to develop innovative solutions to problems making recommendations as and when required
  • Communicate effectively through the production of reports, presentations, specifications, drawings, digital media and discussions with those both inside and outside of the authority
  • Ability to use a range of performance monitoring, management and reporting techniques to ensure costs, service, quality and objectives are being achieved

General Responsibilities:
  • To commit to undertake, and successfully complete, the required work as defined within the relevant apprenticeship framework or standard
  • Work across a range of projects, providing advice and technical solutions where applicable to a range of stakeholders and customers
  • Carry out and record the continuing professional development necessary to maintain and enhance knowledge and competence
  • Take responsibility for personal development, demonstrating commitment to learning and self-improvement and be open to feedback
  • Be confident and flexible in dealing with new and changing interpersonal situations, creating and maintaining productive working relationships

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to undertake a programme of development in the workplace to achieve the Regulatory Compliance Officer apprenticeship
  • Awareness of the role of regulatory services such as trading standards
  • Collection, analysis and use of data to inform evidence-based judgements
  • Report writing
  • Excellent time management/organisation skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good ICT skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Helpful to others whilst maintaining confidentiality
  • Accurate record keeping
  • Knowledge of the business community - different types of business structure
  • Awareness of the UK's legal framework - how laws are made

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiasm and commitment to achieving tasks required to complete the apprenticeship
  • Customer focussed
  • Able to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Flexible approach to working hours and environments (required to work outside the office in differing locations depending on duties)
  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to quality and identifying improved ways of working
  • Delivering goals within defined timescales and to agreed standards

Desired qualifications

Essential qualifications: English and mathematics GCSE grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent.

Future prospects

We offer an excellent work based training programme and you will be given lots of support to help you complete your apprenticeship qualification, whilst gaining experience working for the Council.

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