Apprenticeships at Winchester City Council
There are four main elements to an apprenticeship with Winchester City Council: the day-to-day job, the qualification, the Skills Programme, and the occasional project.
Our apprentices are contracted to work 37 hours per week. Every role is different and therefore day-to-day activities vary between departments, but the extensive experience of the working environment is a first step on the career ladder.
The qualification is usually taught through day release to college – that is, apprentices spend some or all of one day each week at college. In the case of NVQs, each course has a number of mandatory units, some of which are examined with multiple-choice tests. The rest of the course is portfolio-based: apprentices select several units from a range of “optional units” and use the work they do in their day-to-day role to build a portfolio of evidence.
Winchester City Council's apprentices are part of the Hampshire Apprentice Partnership, which runs a valuable Skills Programme. The apprentice teams from four Hampshire councils regularly come together for sessions on topics such as Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Budgeting, and Resilience.
In previous years, apprentice teams have undertaken community challenges, and raised money for charities such as St Francis Animal Welfare, Alzheimer’s Society, Trinity, Winchester Young Carers and Winchester’s Basics Bank. In 2016, the apprentices have taken on two projects: visiting local schools and colleges to raise awareness during National Apprenticeship Week in March, and a successful volunteering sign-up event for Council staff for National Volunteering Week in June. There may also be opportunities for involvement in mini day projects.
Practical support is available, for those living in the Winchester District, in the form of the council’s Grant for Apprentices and the Wheels To Work scheme. The one-time grant can be used to cover some basic costs such as transport, or essential clothing or equipment. Wheels To Work is a low-cost moped hire scheme, and gives users the means to travel to interviews, training or work. To find out more, visit www.winchester.gov.uk/business/business-grants/apprenticeship-grants and www.winchester.gov.uk/business/employment/wheels-work