Environmental Health Practitioner Degree Apprentice (Level 6)

North Somerset Council
Town Hall, Waliscote Grove Road, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1UJ
£17,842.00 annually
23 Jun 2021
24 Jul 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and confident individual to join our Environmental Protection & Licensing Team as an apprentice.

The Environmental Protection & Licensing Team sits within the broader Public Health and Regulatory Services section of the council and delivers a wide range of regulatory functions.

As a member of the Environmental Protection & Licensing Team you will cover a range of environmental protection functions including air quality, water quality, environmental permitting, contaminated land and investigation of nuisance complaints arising from residential, commercial and industrial premises.
  • The post holder will have secured a place on the University Centre Weston (UCW) Environmental Health Practitioner (Apprenticeship) BSc (Honours) course and will undertake a programme of study over the full 4 years of the degree, which is delivered via a mix of taught and independent learning
  • On the days where there are not taught classes at the University you will undertake work in the Environmental Health team, building on the taught knowledge of the degree to develop the practical skills of an Environmental Health Practitioner. This will cover all aspects of environmental health
  • Assist and support other members of the Environmental Health team to deliver services within the Environmental Protection and Licensing Department. There may also be opportunities to work within the sections of food safety, health and safety at work, public health and housing dependant on relevant stage of knowledge and experience and subject to service requirements
  • Assist officers with and progress to undertake independently, proactive inspections, compliance visits, investigations, surveys, sampling and interventions in commercial and domestic premises and the wider environment, as directed by other officers
  • As knowledge and competence develops, undertake a case load of reactive work, including responding to and investigating complaints, as well as proactive project work and educational activities where required. In all cases, responding within corporate timescales, keeping relevant parties informed and maintaining up to date case records
  • Analyse and interpret data and information and implement decisions on a broad range of activities across the service area, as directed by other officers
  • As knowledge and competence develops, communicate with residents and businesses to advise them on the relevant legal provisions and best practice recommendations for environmental health issues, using a variety of methods including face-to-face, via telephone, e-mail and in writing
  • As knowledge and competence develops, liaise with other Council services such as Planning, Legal and Licensing to achieve compliance and improved outcomes for businesses and residents
  • Support officers to carry out enforcement duties including collation and collection of evidence, preparing reports, drafting formal notices, and preparing cases for prosecution in the Magistrates' Court and attending court as a witness in line with our enforcement policy
  • Work outside normal office hours, when necessary, for the effective performance of duties. This will include independent study and completion of all course and assessed work, as required for the degree programme
  • Undertake activities to promote the services - utilising social media, print and website
  • Operate standard computer applications to produce well-presented and accurate presentations and reports. Use of databases and document management systems, including data cleansing and analysis
  • To input confidential/ restricted information contained on appropriate documentation and transfer data to computer-based records and to amend and update as required
  • To be aware of and understand the council policy and ensure at all times that the duties of the post are carried out in accordance with the policies
  • To carry out any other duties which are commensurate with the grade of the post

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentation skills)
  • Ability to produce clear, concise reports with an investigative and analytical approach
  • IT literate (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, databases

  • Knowledge of the nature and scope of environmental health work
  • Experience of carrying out inspections, investigations or dealing with complaints
  • Local government or regulatory experience

Personal qualities

  • Collaborative approach, capable of influencing and being assertive in appropriate situations
  • Self-motivated with effective time management skills and ability to meet deadlines, including the ability to prioritise and work methodically and accurately
  • Being able to work independently and as part of a team: cooperation and flexibility is essential and the ability to listen and learn from others
  • Outcome focused
  • Problem Solving & judgement makes links between identified potential issues and possible solutions, refers issues to others when necessary
  • Planning & Organising follows routines and work schedules
  • Business Awareness: understands the contribution of the role to the work environment and the organisation

Desired qualifications

  • Grade 4/C or above in English and maths GCSE (or other Level 2 equivalent)
  • 90 UCAS points (typically at least grades CCC at A Level or Level 3 equivalent) with a minimum of one science or technology-based subject i.e. chemistry, biology, human biology, physics, geography, geology, environmental science, nutrition, food science or similar

Relevant experience or prior learning may also be considered as an alternative but would be subject to agreement with the University.

Future prospects

Environmental Health is predominantly a graduate profession, with employers requiring a minimum of a bachelor's degree. The apprenticeship will open the gateway to a career in Environmental Health.

Environmental health is a subject which knows no social or geographical bounds. Environmental Health Practitioners work in all sizes and types of businesses, as employees or consultants.

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.

Things to consider

Flexitime/time off in lieu (toil) scheme is intended to allow employees to work flexibly in terms of the length of their working day to suit both service delivery and individual requirements. In addition, there is provision for managers to approve flexi-time days and time off in-lieu (TOIL) to support service needs.

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