Apprentice Parish Clerk SWAY PARISH COUNCIL

The apprentice will be supporting the Clerk in delivering the objectives and managing the facilities of the Parish Council. With 9000 town and parish councils across England and Wales, an experienced and qualified Clerk has a wide career opportunity in front of them.

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Closing date: 19 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4:30pm.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    29 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The apprentice will work under the guidance of the Clerk, and alongside members of the Council.

What the apprentice will be doing:

  • Communications: assisting in the production of social media content, website updates and newsletters, liaising with other statutory authorities and external parties, and volunteers
  • Office presence: meeting members of the public, facilities users and councillors, signposting and helping with enquiries
  • Administrative: preparation of reports and documents for the council and committees, other statutory authorities and the public
  • Community Engagement: helping to support the work of the Community Hub, Youth Club and environmental working group
  • Event Management: assisting the organisation with events and meetings
  • Facilities Management: assisting in the management of buildings, sports grounds, open spaces, allotments, community assest such as bins, benches, noticeboards and more
  • Finance and Accounts: assisting the management of council finances and accounts, budgeting, VAT reclaim and payroll
  • Governance: understanding how local councils work and the laws which govern their processes, assisting with preparation of legal papers for meetings

The training you will be getting

  • The qualification will be a Level 3 Certificate in Business Administration
  • The training will be done at Brockenhurst College (Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7ZE) but it will be a blend of online training with the occasional workshop at the college
  • The training will be done one day a week but a blend of online training with the occasional workshop at the college

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Following the successful completion of the apprenticeship, it is hoped to open a role as Assistant Clerk in Sway. There are a number of vacancies always available across England and Wales with varying sizes of Town and Parish Councils, and there are further options for qualifications, up to Level 7 Masters.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative, Time Management, Social media and web content


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

This role is in regular contact with members of the public and requires patience and empathy. It is varied and benefits from a flexible, can-do attitude.

About the employer

Sway Parish Council (SPC) has twelve councillors who are elected by the residents of Sway to represent them. Members are responsible for making the decisions that will deliver a wide range of objectives to the village. SPC operates within a Code of Conduct and has also signed up to the Civility & Respect pledge, believing that these should be at the heart of public life and that good governance is fundamental to ensuring an effective and well-functioning democracy. SPC is funded primarily by taxpayers' money, therefore has a huge responsibility to manage and spend those funds appropriately and with diligence.







SO41 6BE

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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


Katie Walding

01590 718116

Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

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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