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Apprentice - Planning Technician West Suffolk Council

We are offering an exciting opportunity where you earn and learn. This apprenticeship pathway will give you the hands-on experience, knowledge and confidence to lead you into your chosen career and give you the chance to fully realise your potential within a fast paced and proactive organisation.

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

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Closing date: 06 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    A unique employee package giving discounts on high street shops and cinemas, health and wellbeing initiatives and a culture of learning. In year two your salary will increase to the national minimum wage for your age.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    37 hours worked flexibly per week, Monday to Friday. Exact range of shifts/core hours tbc.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    07 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  •  Development Management: to assist and support with a caseload of straightforward planning and related applications and pre application advice enquiries.
  • Policy and Strategy: to undertake research and evidence gathering and analysis to participate in the development of strategic planning policy.
  • Planning Administration: to assist and support the reception,
    validation and administration associated with planning and related
    applications, and undertake back-office elements inherent in the
    processing of applications.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • Level 4 Town Planning Assistant Apprenticeship
  • Chichester College
  • Office-based work and site visits

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Possible progression onto higher levels of the course. No commitment can be made for future employment however in the past several apprentices have secured permanent roles when vacancies have arisen within the organisation. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade 9-4) Essential
A Level or equivalent Relevant subject (Grade A-C) Essential

Things to consider

We positively encourage agile working, with work being an activity we do, not a place we go. Work styles are led by operational and organisational need and are jointly agreed between the manager and employee.

About the employer

West Suffolk Council is an extremely ambitious and dynamic local authority with a workforce of over 700 employees. We provide healthy, safe and vibrant places to live and work. Few other employers play such a pivotal role in the community. That's a great responsibility but also very rewarding and something that really makes a difference.


West Suffolk Council


West Suffolk House

Western Way

Bury St. Edmunds

IP33 3YU


Sarah Drane

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Town planning assistant

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Employer's Application Instructions

Candidates will need to complete an online application form via West Suffolk Council recruitment website. There is guidance on how to complete the form available on this website. For further information about our apprenticeships go to

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

Apply now

Closing date: 06 Oct 2022