Church and Community Support Adviser Apprentice ELY DIOCESAN BOARD OF FINANCE

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Diocese of Ely to work with individual churches and the Ely Church Buildings partnership in their efforts to engage with the wider community and gain support and affection for church buildings, which will be offered as a level 4 apprenticeship programme.

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Closing date: 30 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm. Occasional evening and weekend working may be required.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    14 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The successful candidate will be working with individual churches and the Ely Church Buildings Partnership in their efforts to engage with the wider community’s support and affection for church buildings by:

  • Building capacity for local communities to support and use church buildings
  • Working to support the Ely Church Buildings Partnership
  • Promoting the sustainability of churches and churchyards more widely

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide technical, research and logistical support to Historic Environment professionals working with heritage assets in the planning and development process, and on the legal and policy frameworks for their protection.

The training you will be getting

There is no formal qualification included within this apprenticeship programme but on successful completion the apprentice will be provided with a certificate of achievement for the apprenticeship programme which is equivalent to a national certificate at Level 4.

Apprentices will complete online and remote learning on a monthly basis with additional monthly one to one tutor support and employer guidance to learn and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to show competency within the standards which have been approved by the sector.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There is no guarantee of ongoing employment with the Diocese, however experience and apprenticeship completion will provide an excellent start to a career in Historic Environment Support.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Enthusiasm


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

About the employer

The Diocese of Ely covers an area roughly similar to the county of Cambridgeshire, but also includes some parts of western Norfolk, Peterborough, Essex and Bedfordshire. Representatives from church communities within the Diocese of Ely have a part in influencing the policies and practices of the national Church of England, through General Synod. There are also Deanery Synods and Diocesan Synod in which representations can be made, The Diocese operates within the national structures of the Church of England. For more information about this,








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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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