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Apprenticeships and work experience

An apprenticeship is a paid job which offers hands-on work experience alongside training through a training provider, college, workplace or university.

They can be in a wide range of occupations, including Business Administration, Accounting, Social Care, ICT, Finance, Human Resources, Project Management and Highway Control.

We are committed to supporting people of all ages to develop their skills by creating apprenticeship opportunities wherever possible and developing our workforce for the future of the council. 

Since the apprenticeship programme was launched, the council has successfully supported 144 apprentices – many of whom have since gone on to gain employment with the local authority.

We also support and encourage work experience across all directorates and departments for applicants of all ages and abilities. 

Becoming an apprentice with Bridgend Council has been one of the most rewarding steps in my career to date; it has allowed me to gain valuable experience within the Marketing industry while building upon my skills with the apprenticeship.

I've been supported by the council and my team every step of the way and since I finished my qualification, I've now gone on to become a permanent Support Officer within the Communications, Marketing and Engagement team.

It's a step that I would recommend to anyone looking to further their career or those who want a change; it's one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Holly Davies, former Marketing Apprentice, now Support Officer

There are several benefits to becoming an apprentice with Bridgend County Borough Council, which include:

  • Getting hands-on experience in your chosen field of study
  • Getting paid to learn and study for a qualification
  • Gaining an industry recognised qualification
  • Improving your employability and furthering your career in your chosen field
  • Getting access to student discounts

Apprentices allow us as a local authority to recruit new talent who are keen to learn and enable individuals to develop professional skills and gain valuable experience while earning a real living wage and working towards an accredited qualification.

Joining Bridgend Council as an apprentice has opened up so many opportunities for me. I am currently studying towards my CIPD Level 5 at Cardiff & Vale College while gaining hands on experience within Organisational Development.

As an apprentice, I am able to learn from a highly experienced and extremely supportive team who always encourage my development.

The support package offered is fantastic – with weekly apprentice support sessions, allocated study time and on-going development opportunities. I would highly encourage anyone who is interested in an apprenticeship to apply with the council.

Sian Roberts, Learning and Development Apprentice

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Work experience

We actively support and encourage work placements across all directorates and departments for applicants of all ages and abilities. We welcome enquiries from third sector organisations, schools, colleges, universities, Job Centre Plus and individuals.

There is an agreed process for securing work experience. Please do not approach services directly.

The application process

  1. Contact us by email with:
    • your full name
    • your school, college, university or organisational information
    • the intended duration for the placement with start and finish dates
    • your preferred location including the directorate and department if known
    • a brief description of the type of work you are interested in
    • desired objectives for the placement

  2. Human Resources will contact the right departmental manager to ask whether the request is possible. While departments are encouraged to accept placements, work demands may mean this is not possible.

  3. Where a department agrees to a placement, they must make a risk assessment before the placement starts and an induction on the first day. It might be necessary for someone from the department to speak to you first to understand your interests and assess your suitability.

  4. In circumstances where the placement cannot be accommodated, we will tell you as soon as possible.


If you are interested in work experience, please contact:

Venture Graduate Programme

The Venture Graduate Programme is on a mission to enhance the levels of productivity, innovation and economic growth in the Cardiff Capital Region. They link talented graduates with ambitious businesses across South East Wales – through a best in class, end-to-end recruitment and development service.

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