Apprentice Environmental Health Practitioner x 2

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North Lincolnshire Council
highstreet Church Square House, 30-40, Scunthorpe, DN15 6NL
£18,562.00 - £19,312.00 annually
11 Jun 2021
22 Jun 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
North Lincolnshire Council is looking for two self-motivated individuals with an active interest in Environmental Health to take up our newly created apprenticeship roles within the Waste, Fleet and Public Protection Service area. As an Apprentice you will be given the opportunity to study, part time for a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health at Leeds Beckett University whilst undertaking on the job learning in the workplace.

The qualification is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, (CIEH) and enables progression to the Environmental Health Practitioner Programme to become a fully qualified Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP).

Environmental Health encompasses all the external factors that affect human health and wellbeing.

This ranges from the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink, to the wider impact of human-made hazards on the world around us.

Poor health often results from poor environments, and by helping to improve the conditions in which we live and work, Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) make a huge difference to the public's health and wellbeing.

EHPs can be found in every community, working hard every day to keep us healthy and safe and to reduce health inequalities.

Depending on their role, EHPs may be generalists, working across all areas of environmental health, or specialists with areas of expertise.

The work of an EHP may include food safety, health and safety, environmental protection, noise control, pest control, housing standards and envirocrime, including littering and fly tipping.

Whilst you will have the chance to work across all aspects of the service, we are hoping to place candidates within one of two teams. One apprentice will be based within the Food & Safety Team, and one will be based within the Environmental Health & Housing Team.

The day-to-day duties of an apprentice will involve supporting the work of technical staff across Environmental Health and you will need to have good interpersonal and verbal communication skills to be able interact with the public and businesses in face-to-face situations. EHP's work to ensure compliance with a range of regulations and guidance designed to keep people safe and well and therefore your work may often include enforcement outcomes.

This is an exciting careeropportunity which will enable you to make a positive difference to the lives of North Lincolnshire's residents and contribute to delivering the council outcomes of being safe and well. We are a progressive employer with flexible and agile working arrangements.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Computer skills and able to effectively use Microsoft Office packages
  • Good and accurate written communication and numeracy skills
  • Good interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact with service users, including the public and businesses in face-to-face situations

Personal qualities

  • Self-motivated
  • Work on own initiative or as part of a team
  • A commitment to a high standard of customer care
  • An understanding of the role and an active interest in the work of Environmental Health
  • Able to organise own workload and prioritise effectively
  • Able to interpret technical data and solve problems

Desired qualifications

Achieved or predicted (and awaiting results) a minimum of 3 A levels (or equivalent) including at least two science-based subjects drawn from: chemistry, biology, Human Biology, Physics, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Nutrition, Food Science.

Each A level award should be at Grade C or above (or equivalent) and provide a combined total of 104 UCAS points to meet the entry requirements for the Environmental Health Practitioner Level 6 Integrated Degree.

GCSEs at grades C/4 or above(or equivalent) in maths, English, and a science.

Hold a full drivers licence, or a commitment to secure a full licence within 2 years of appointment.

Future prospects

Environmental Health is a subject which knows no social or geographical bounds.

EHPs work in all sizes and types of businesses, as employees or consultants all over the world.

These include local authorities and government departments, retailers and hotel chains, regulators and enforcement agencies, the NHS and the armed services, academia and the third sector, charities, and global corporates.

The skills you learn and develop as an EHP are transferable and sort after across a range of different organisations and businesses.

However, we will be hoping that you will stay with us at North Lincolnshire Council.

Things to consider

To be an effective EHP, you need to be a good communicator who can show empathy and be prepared to help and support people in all stages of their lives, often when they are at their most vulnerable. Contact with service users face to face on contentious issues can often mean dealing with individuals who are anxious and distressed which can lead to confrontational and/or challenging behaviour.

You will need to be prepared to work in often unpleasant and disturbing situations, where there is a risk of infection or injury (when dealing with pests, animals etc.)

Contact with businesses and individuals who may be affected by the risk of prosecution, or remedial work that can result in significant expense for businesses and this can lead to protracted negotiation and conflict.

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