Environmental Health Apprenticeship Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Whilst studying at Leeds Beckett University, you will develop your knowledge as an Environmental Health Officer (EHOs) working with the Environmental Health team, creating and refining your skills set. EHOs protect and improve the environments in which people live and work. We care deeply for our local community and work hard to keep it safe.

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

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Closing date: 02 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £12,313.60 to £22,010.56

    After 2 or 3 years there will be the potential to progress to Grade 7 (Student EHO), if/when a post becomes vacant in the service (starting salary at Grade 7 £27,852 up to £30,151 per annum) whilst continuing a fixed term contract.

    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

    Flexible working arrangements around core hours of: Monday to Thursday - 8.30am to 5.00pm Friday - 8.30am to 4.30pm

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    09 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Degree
    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000249672

  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Food Safety:

·        To ensure food premises (e.g. restaurants, butchers', canteens) operators prepare, handle, store and serve food in a hygienic and safe way.

·        To investigate food complaints and food poisoning outbreaks.

Health and Safety at Work:

·        To offer advice to businesses to safeguard employees and the public.

·        To check safety, assess risks and investigate accidents.

Pest Control:

  • Investigate problems with pests such as rats or cockroaches in food and other premises.

Environmental Protection:

  • Monitor levels of air, water, land, and noise pollution, identifying problems and taking action to rectify them.  Support animal health with Licensing and inspections of premises including farm

Community Protection.

  • Provide support and advice and if necessary, take legal action to get residents or businesses to improve and reduce the impact they are having on neighbours. 
  • Gather evidence of statutory nuisance from noise from loud music or dogs barking and other similar pollution emissions to support any formal legal action.

Public Health:

  • Take part, alongside doctors, health visitors, and dieticians, in local and national initiatives to improve awareness and understanding of health issues.

Contaminated Land:

  • Investigate and assess the risk of sites contaminated by toxic or dangerous contamination on sensitive receptors.

Business Team:

  • Support local businesses with paid for advice around regulations and their safe systems.
  • Build excellent relationships with our Primary Authority businesses to work with them on Assured advice.
  • Provide training to meet business needs including food, health and safety, first aid, fire safety and environmental issues.

Environmental Health Officers work closely with other organisations including the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Trading Standards, and local health authorities. They also work with developers, architects, acousticians, engineers, solicitors, surveyors, police officers and coroners.

The training you will be getting

Gain a Level 6 qualification - BA (Hons), the Environmental Health Degree Apprenticeship Standard

After 2 or 3 years there will be the potential to progress to Grade 7 (Student EHO), if/when a post becomes vacant in the service (starting salary at Grade 7 £27,852 up to £30,151 per annum) whilst fulfilling the degree apprenticeship (Level 6) and continuing a fixed term contract. You will gain a Level 6 degree apprenticeship, studying at Leeds Beckett University.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

After 2 or 3 years there will be the potential to progress to Grade 7 (Student EHO), if/when a post becomes vacant in the service (starting salary at Grade 7 £27,852 up to £30,151 per annum)

4 years valuable and real work experience in the public sector

Excellent employment prospects

Exposure to all levels of colleagues across all directorates within the Council


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent a Science (Grade 9-4 (C or above) or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Any (Grade 9-4 (C or above) or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 9-4 (C or above) or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-4 (C or above) or equivalent) Essential
A Level or equivalent 3 subjects (Grade Totals 112 UCAS points) Essential

About the employer

Wakefield Council is a local authority who provides many services to the citizens of Wakefield and the surrounding district. We are an ambitious, high achieving and low spending council, delivering value for money through efficiency and innovation. Continuous improvements to our high quality services means we need to employ talented and dedicated individuals to support our existing workforce.

Employer

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Address

Wakefield One

Burton Street

Wakefield

WF1 2EB

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Training

Training provider

LEEDS BECKETT UNIVERSITY

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

Apprenticeship standard

Environmental health practitioner (integrated degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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


Employer's Application Instructions

Once application form received shortlisting will take place. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview, whilst those who are not shortlisted will be signposted elsewhere.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 02 Jun 2024