This week (7-13 February) is National Apprenticeship Week, and there is no better time to talk about the opportunities that Chelmsford City Council offers across its departments.

With an apprenticeship you can earn while you learn, obtain qualifications, and realise your potential. Apprenticeships also give you the chance take the first step in your career, move up the ladder, or re-enter work after a career break. You can develop your practical skills while in a work setting and get support from your colleagues and training provider.

So, what do the council’s apprentices have to say?

The City Council is keen to help staff develop themselves both professionally and personally and its current apprentices have done just that. Here are some of their experiences and advice first-hand:

Jessica, Level 4 Digital Marketing
‘In just a couple of months I have gained so much more than I expected. I have already learnt multiple digital marketing skills and software, and I have gained first-hand experience in this field’s type of work.’

I have gained confidence in both my learning and work. The apprenticeship structure encourages me to explore things and use my initiative.’

Jessica in her home office space

George, Level 3 Personal Training
‘It’s great to have an additional positive focus that’s linked to work, as well as your own professional development. I have been able to continue my professional development within the industry I am in’.

George demonstrating his personal training skills

Rebecca, Level 4 Public Relations and Communications
‘I have changed as a person since doing two apprenticeships at the council. Before, I would consider myself as a shy individual, but now I feel confident and have become a valued member of my team. My level 4 course has taught me many skills that I have been applying to my role. I have improved massively and would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone and everyone. I think they are so worthwhile and underrated!’

Register for job alerts to see what’s available

More experiences from past and present apprentices can be found on the Chelmsford City Council website. Opportunities pop up throughout the year, so make sure to register for job alerts to be one of the first to see what’s available.

If you wish to find out more about apprenticeships at the Council, go to

Alternatively, you can look at the GOV.UK website for more information.

By Charlotte Maltby

Charlotte writes stories about recycling and waste, parks, economic development, local democracy and planning.

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