Heritage Apprenticeship North Somerset Council

There is an exciting apprenticeship opportunity to work with North Somerset Councils Heritage and Design Team in a key role supporting the Principal Conservation and Heritage Officer which is supported by Strode College.

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Closing date: 20 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    A Pay award is pending for this position.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5.00pm

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    30 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The role will be to support the Principle Conservation and heritage Officer by:

  • Helping to review the statutory register of planning applications and advise those which require conservation input at the appropriate stage of the planning process
  • Helping to provide advice on the conservation and management of heritage assets/ listed buildings within the context of development management and council owned assets
  • Contributing to the development of team policies and programmes for the conservation and management of heritage assets and historic landscapes in the area whilst supporting the council’s priorities for economic growth and regeneration
  • Helping to identify opportunities and develop projects for the enhancement of North Somerset’s heritage and historic sites through grant programmes, partnership and joint working to address degradation of historic assets
  • Developing and maintain good relations with other heritage organisations and promote the objectives of the council at local, regional and national level
  • Advising local voluntary heritage groups on how they can assist in the conservation and management of heritage assets where it accords with council’s priorities and objectives
  • Communicating effectively with contractors, colleagues and the public, both verbally and in writing

The training you will be getting

The historic environment advice assistant apprenticeship programme will be delivered using a mixture of monthly remote classroom activities, one to one tutoring support, online learning and workplace guidance and support and will cover the following topics:

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Health and Safety
  • The Historic Environment
  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Communication
  • Stakeholders
  • Documentation and Compliance
  • Fundamentals of Archaeological Sites or Buildings
  • Assessment of Archaeological Sites or Buildings
  • Reports Writing
  • Project Management

Functional Skills in English and maths if required.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Ongoing employment is not a guarantee, however on successful completion of the apprenticeship the right candidate will be offered the opportunity to apply for any appropriate positions that are available within the council. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or Above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade Grade 4 or Above) Desired

Things to consider

There is flexibility within this role within the working hours and there will be the ability to work from home where appropriate however there will be an expectation of the successful candidate being able to work from the council offices to ensure supervision and mentorship.

About the employer

North Somerset Council provide a large number of services to the North Somerset Community.


North Somerset Council


Town Hall

Walliscote Grove Road


BS23 1UJ

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Sharon Pickford


01458 844594

Apprenticeship standard

Historic environment advice assistant

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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