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
- Customer Service
- Social Care
- Building Control
- Corporate Public Affairs
- Learning & Development
- Human Resources
- Project Management
- Highway Control
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
Why become an apprentice?
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.
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 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.
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
If you are interested in an apprenticeship with the council, click here to access the jobs page.
For further information and advice about apprenticeships, visit the Careers Wales website or call 0800 100 900.
You can also read about apprenticeships on the Welsh Government’s Apprenticeships skills and training page.