Apprentice Project Support Officer Brighton & Hove City Council

We are looking for an enthusiastic Apprentice Project Support Officer to join to the Business Improvement & Corporate Programme Management team at Brighton & Hove City Council.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 25 Nov 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, flexible working hours

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    2 years

  • Possible start date

    10 Jan 2018

  • Date posted

    22 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Higher Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Every project needs to be managed to ensure its success. A project manager will know what needs to be achieved, how it will be achieved, how long it will take and how much it will cost, and works with the project team to achieve the required outcomes. They need good planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication skills.

This role will offer the successful candidate an exciting opportunity to learn a wide variety of skills including learning to effectively manage a project within a council environment following industry recognised principles.

The BPI and Corporate Programme Management team has strong links with every department in the council and the Apprentice Project Support Officer will be crucial to the successful delivery of the projects and programmes that are driving the organisation through a period of significant change.

The wide variety of skills required for the role, and the experience gained by the successful candidate will offer fantastic opportunity for career progression. Some of your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • Providing support to Programme/Project Managers within the service on projects and reviews across the organisation.
  • Undertaking research to inform projects or reviews, compiling research and project progress reports.
  • Contributing to the preparation and delivery of project work and developing project leadership skills.
  • Updating and maintaining electronic and web based bulletins, resources and information available through the council website and other media.

    Your training will be delivered by Chichester College to achieve a Level 4 Associate Project Management diploma. Apprentices will be eligible for associate membership of the Association for Project Management (APM) upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

    You will be based in a modern office in Hove Town Hall. Flexible working is supported where possible, local government salary-related pension offered, a child care voucher scheme as well the benefits of gaining staff discounts around the City. As an Apprentice you are also eligible for NUS membership.

    As you go through the application, it will explain what information you need to provide and why. We've written some guidance notes to help you put across your experience, skills and abilities in the main section. Please have a look here:    

    Please note this apprenticeship will start in January 2018.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Knowledge of the use of IT, including spreadsheets, word processing, databases, email and web-enabled systems
  • Knowledge of general office tasks such as printing, filing, arranging meetings, taking meeting notes, responding to telephone queries

Personal qualities

  • A flexible approach to duties and work on own initiative.
  • Excellent literacy skills with an ability to work accurately and with attention to detail.
  • Ability to keep information confidential and to work in a data sensitive environment, under the guidance of managers.
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to maintain office systems and procedures, prioritising and coordinating a wide variety of tasks within a team environment and meeting specific deadlines.
  • Ability to work methodically, and with a high level of accuracy.
  • Ability to be a good team player, to work flexibly within a team and to adjust to changing priorities.
  • Good communication skills with the ability to be proactive within a constantly changing environment.
  • Able to use Information Technology

Qualifications required

Minimum GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification (including a Level 2 apprenticeship).

Future prospects

On completion the apprentice will be fully competent in the role and can continue to develop their career through a range of possible pathways.

About the employer

Brighton and Hove City Council is one of the largest employers in Sussex with over 8,000 employees. There are dozens of reasons why so many of our 8,000 council staff love working in this vibrant city by the sea and for a local authority that is forward thinking, innovative, flexible and family friendly. Our workforce is our greatest asset and we strive to make the best use of the skills, talents and abilities of every employee.


Brighton & Hove City Council


Kings House

Grand Avenue



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Training provider

Training is provided by Chichester College. The Project Support Officer apprentice will learn:

  • governance -the different types of organisational structures and responsibilities, functions and project phases on different types of project. How governance can control and manage the successful delivery of projects. The significance of the project management plan (PMP).
  • stakeholder management - their perspectives, different interests and levels of influence upon project outcomes.
  • stakeholder communication - key contexts of a project communication plan, its effectiveness in managing different stakeholders and the factors which can affect communications, such as cultural and physical barriers
  • budgeting and cost control
  • scope management
  • schedule management
  • contract management and procurement
  • risk and issue management
  • quality management
  • resource management

Apprenticeship standard

Project Management > Associate Project Manager

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Brighton & Hove City Council


Edd Yeo (01273) 294354

Employer's Application Instructions

Please see job description and specification on the employer’s website.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 25 Nov 2017