Communications and Engagement Apprentice

Sutton, London (Greater)
£15,207 - £16,207 per annum
18 Jun 2019
14 Jul 2019
Start Date
12-18 months

Communications and Engagement Apprentice 
Salary - £15,207 - £16,207 per annum 
Contract status - Fixed-term for 18 months 
Hours - Full-time, 36 hours per week (20% study time)
Apprenticeship framework/standard - Public Relations and Communications Assistant - Level 4

About our apprenticeship scheme
We are looking for hard-working, motivated and enthusiastic people to join our apprenticeship scheme. Regardless of your age, previous experience or qualifications (although you must be at least 16 years of age and not in full-time education), we’re welcoming applications from those that show potential, determination and a drive to succeed. In return we can give you the opportunity to kick-start your career under the management of our skilled and experienced staff, whilst earning, learning and achieving nationally recognised qualifications at the same time.

About the role
Do you have an interest in communications? A Sutton Council Apprenticeship offers a brilliant opportunity to learn whilst you earn, and develop the skills needed to begin your career in communications. We have a new and exciting apprenticeship opportunity within our Communications and Engagement Team, which includes:

  • Consultation, engagement and participation activities
  • Internal communications
  • Leadership office
  • Marketing and design
  • Press & media relations
  • Public affairs
  • Strategic direction & external positioning

Our new ways of working consider with whom we are trying to communicate and engage, to inform when, where and how we do so. We are worrying less about the labels of ‘external’, ‘internal’, ‘press’ and ‘social’ and more about what we are doing to try and help improve the lives of residents. 
For you in this role, this will involve helping the team with media and campaigns activity that inform, change behaviour and encourage audiences to work more closely with the council. You’ll also schedule content on our digital channels, deliver internal communications activities and support the press office function of the team by responding to media enquiries and generating proactive news content.

We are ambitious for our borough and want to ensure it continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family. We have big plans for develop and improve our local economy, from the globally-recognisable London Cancer Hub to our exciting plans for Sutton town centre. 

We brought our communications service back in-house from an external contract at the end of 2018. Since then we have been working with colleagues to develop a new team and way of working ready for the challenges ahead.

About you
We’re looking for someone with excellent communication skills, good IT skills, attention to detail, enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn. You will be interested in public relations, communications or marketing. You will demonstrate innovation and creativity as well as the ability to adapt to different ways of working and a commitment to your own personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the role. You must also have the commitment to complete the training and qualifications associated with the apprenticeship - Level 4 Public Relations and Communications Assistant.

Please note, in order to qualify for apprenticeship funding and be considered for this post you must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a GCSE level C/equivalent in Maths and English and be able to present original qualification certificates
  • Only apply for an apprenticeship unrelated to any qualifications they hold at the same or higher level than the apprenticeship they wish to apply for. The apprenticeship being applied for must be unrelated in subject and content from the qualification already held.
  • Not be enrolled on another funded apprenticeship or another funded further education or higher education programme at the time you start your new apprenticeship.
  • Have the right to work and study in England and be one of the following:
  1. A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or have the right to abode in the UK and have been resident in the EEA for at least the previous three years on the first day of your apprenticeship.
  2. A non-EEA citizen with permission from the UK government to live in the UK, (not for educational purposes) and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of learning.

Our offer
Our apprenticeships are offered on a minimum contract duration of 12 months (some are longer depending on the level of apprenticeship you undertake), offer 23 days paid annual leave, access to our staff benefits (including discounts at local and national shops, restaurants and attractions), and a minimum starting salary of £15,207 per annum for level 4 apprenticeships (equivalent to a HNC/Foundation Degree).

In addition there are further discounts available to apprentices and more information can be found at the Apprentice Extra website.

We’re extremely proud of our apprenticeship scheme and the achievements of our apprentices, many of whom have secured permanent employment with the Council and continue to excel in their careers.

There has never been a better time to undertake an apprenticeship! To register your interest please apply online by submitting your current CV and a supporting statement outlining what skills, abilities and experience you can bring which makes you an ideal candidate for this role and our apprenticeship scheme.

Please ensure you refer to the Job Profile when completing your supporting statement.

Job Profile - please click here to view/download

More information about apprenticeships can be found on the National Apprenticeship website.

Closing date for applications - Sunday 14th July 2019
Interview date - To be confirmed

Sutton Council is a Disability Confident Employer.