Apprenticeships

If you're eager to develop useful and relevant skills, and are brimming with fresh ideas, then an apprenticeship with us could be just the thing. As an apprentice you earn while you learn and receive extra benefits. 

What you can expect

  • You will receive the National Living Wage as well as additional staff benefits
  • Hands-on experience, working alongside experienced professionals 
  • Support to achieve a nationally recognised qualification (such as an NVQ)
  • The opportunity to learn new skills
  • Advice and guidance to develop your career
  • At the end of your apprenticeship you may be offered the chance to stay in your role or use your skills in a new role in another department.

Who can apply

  • You must be aged 16 or over
  • Not in full-time education

Current opportunities

We offer exciting apprenticeships in everything from gardening to business administration.

View our current apprenticeships

What our apprentices say

Don't just take our word for it, read what some of our past apprentices have to say...

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  • Heidi Carrington Dunn

    Job title: Human Resources trainee

    What were you doing before you started the apprenticeship and why did you apply?
    I was already working for the council in Central Admin and the opportunity came up to become an HR Trainee under the apprenticeship levy. I've always thought about pursuing a career in HR and working within the council gave me the perfect start as I get to perform a variety of tasks, supporting the team and organisation. It's a start to a good career path - I’m one step closer to becoming qualified.

    What is a typical day like for you?
    It provides an overall insight into the running of the council from a human resources and organisation development perspective. My main role within the team is recruitment - however, I'm not limited to this. I've also worked on writing several policies and supporting the team with any other admin tasks that are required.

    What do you enjoy about the apprenticeship and what are the benefits of the programme?
    Most of my learning is through on-the-job experience and building my confidence to deal with issues that may arise. I'm also being paid to get a qualification. I find the 20 per cent off-the-job study time invaluable to making sure my workload is completed and having a healthy work-life balance.

    What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship?
    If you have the opportunity then I would go for it, especially as you receive any extra support or resources you may require. You also gain a real-world understanding of the role.

    What are the future prospects and opportunities for you? 
    Hopefully this is just the start to my HR career and I will be on my way to becoming fully qualified over the next few years.

  • Sally Riley

    Job title: Trainee Accountant

    What were you doing before you started the apprenticeship?
    I've been with Dacorum Borough Council since October 2004. I joined the Finance team in 2013 and was promoted to Trainee Accountant in February 2017. I completed my Association of Accounting Technicians studies in December and signed up to the Level 7 Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Professional Apprenticeship to continue with my studies.

    Why did you apply for the apprenticeship role?
    I was planning on starting the CIPFA qualification in January, as my role required me to take a professional qualification in Accountancy.

    The Level 7 Apprenticeship was launched in December and I qualified to do my studies via this route. I was the first person to sign up to the CIPFA apprenticeship. The apprenticeship gives me extra support from a dedicated CIPFA mentor.

    I also get 20 per cent of my working week as off-the-job training, which means I get day release to study and on the weeks that I'm not at college I have a study day instead. With working full-time and having a family, finding time to study can be difficult, but the off-the-job-training enables me to study regularly.

    What is a typical day like for you?
    As a trainee accountant my duties are split between the two accounting teams within the Council. I have set jobs to do periodically throughout the day/week/month and take on projects as and when required.

    The financial year end will see me bringing together work that I've been putting together for the past 11 months and producing final figures which go into our published statement of accounts for the year. It's a very busy time, but brings with it the opportunity to learn and implement some of the theoretical things that I've been studying.

    What do you enjoy about the apprenticeship and what are the benefits of the programme?
    Although I'm new to the scheme, I've found that having a dedicated mentor and the off-the-job-training is proving very advantageous for me.

    What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship?
    If you're given the opportunity, then I would highly recommend taking it. The extra support you will receive for your studies is invaluable. The CIPFA qualification that I will attain is a credible and highly regarded qualification in the sector, so it will allow me to progress my career in the future.

    What are the future prospects and opportunities for you? 
    With this qualification I will have the technical requirements to apply for almost any financial role, depending on my experience. Hopefully, that can be here at Dacorum Borough Council.

  • Isla Barnard

    Job title: Horticulture Apprentice (Level 2 Garden Maintenance)

    What were you doing before you started the apprenticeship?
    I was working part time at Bunnings Warehouse, while also at college studying maintenance operations.

    Why did you apply for the apprenticeship role?
    I enjoy working outside and also working with my hands. I have had previous experience working and learning maintenance.

    What is a typical day like for you?
    I start the day litter picking and then on to a range of different jobs depending on the weather. For example, removing ivy, replanting, stump poisoning, removing rubble and clearing old plants.

    What do you enjoy about the apprenticeship and the benefits of an apprenticeship programme? 
    I enjoy the mix of learning theory and carrying out practical tasks.

    What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship? 
    Do it! Working and learning at the same time is a great opportunity to start a new career.

    What are the future prospects and opportunities for you? 
    To carry on working in the same field (Garden Maintenance).

More information

For further information about apprenticeships, please visit the Government website.

Contact us

Email: humanresources@dacorum.gov.uk