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Your future, your career, your apprenticeship

We're proud to offer a range of different apprenticeships across a wide variety of job roles. They're an ideal way to start, change or progress your career, or return to work.

Along with the fantastic range of benefits you'd expect from a large local government employer, you've got the opportunity to build a career in one of the largest employers in the county, and in an organisation that's making a difference for the local community.

An apprenticeship is a great opportunity to learn new skills, develop your professional career and earn a salary from day one.

You'll be supported to gain qualifications to help you advance in your career and gain support from your training provider and line manager, supporting you every step of the way.

As an apprentice you'll play a part in delivering the best services for the people of Derbyshire. Our aim is to work together with our partners and communities to be an enterprising council, delivering value for money and enabling local people and places to thrive. To find out more about our ambition and to see the latest Council Plan.

Find out more about our ambitions, values and outcomes.

We're proud that we currently have over 250 apprentices currently on programmes across our organisation and within our maintained schools.

Current opportunities

Search for apprenticeship opportunities

We ask all candidates to apply online using our application form. We welcome applications from people of any background.

To start an apprenticeship, you'll need to:

  • be 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
  • have the right to live and work in the UK
  • not be in full time education

In addition you'll:

  • have a keen interest in the apprenticeship you are applying for and show why you're interested in completing one with us
  • have enthusiasm for learning and are comfortable with new tasks and activities
  • be willing to learn quickly and be open to guidance and being given feedback

Email alerts

If that perfect role isn't available right now, you can register for job alerts on our Jobs Derbyshire website. That way, you'll then be notified when that perfect apprenticeship does come up. Just click "Get email alerts". Further guidance on setting up job alerts is also available.

Pay and benefits

We pay National Minimum Wage for your age, which is more than the apprenticeship rate. You'll be paid for your time spent training or studying for your apprenticeship. View our apprenticeship salary scales.

You'll also be offered a full range of benefits including 25 days annual leave, defined benefits Local Government Pension Scheme, a comprehensive wellbeing package including physio, counselling and occupational health, discount of leisure centre memberships and much more.

As an apprentice you can also apply for an NUS Apprentice Extra Card, which enables you to receive discounts from several high street and online retailers.

What an apprenticeship is

An apprenticeship is a nationally recognised and approved work-based training programme providing the opportunity to learn new skills both on and off-the-job. It provides practical experience alongside a structured training programme delivered by approved training providers. As an apprentice you'll learn and train for a specific job, get paid and receive paid holiday leave.

You'll receive support from your line manager and training provider from initial induction through to Gateway and End Point Assessment.

Types of apprenticeships

There are a vast number of apprenticeships available across our different departments.


An apprenticeship is open to anyone over the age of 16 and not in full-time education, there's no age limit!

We're passionate about what we do and we're looking for apprentices who share that passion. You'll have genuine interest and enthusiasm and be committed to continually learn and develop good working relationships.

Levels and length of apprenticeships

There are 4 different apprenticeship levels:

  • intermediate - level 2 - equivalent to GCSE
  • advanced - level 3 - equivalent to A Level
  • higher - level 4, 5, 6 and 7 - equivalent to foundation agree and above
  • degree - level 6 and 7 - bachelors or master's degree

The typical length of these tend to vary by occupation from 12 months to over 3 years for a degree level apprenticeship.

Check out the different types of apprenticeship standards at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.


Apprenticeships are funded from contributions made by the government and your employer. This means you'll not have any student loans or tuition fees.

How learning is achieved

The apprenticeship is designed to take you through the skills that you'll need and you'll study whilst you work. It will be a combination of online or face to face study with a training provider and on the job learning.

Off-the-job training

Off-the-job-training reinforces practical, work-based learning with technical and theoretical learning. Examples could include work-based projects, new tasks not undertaken in your usual role, lectures, role playing, simulations, exercises or online learning. Other practical based examples include shadowing or mentoring.

Six hours off-the-job training must be completed per week by an apprentice. This will be managed and structured dependent on your apprenticeship, the role you undertake and the services' business priorities. Your learning provider will work with you and your line manager, and will advise what will and will not contribute to this.

Apprenticeship standards

An apprenticeship standard sets out the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of apprentices. They also show what an apprentice will be doing in their day-to-day job role.


The Gateway refers to the requirements that need to be met in order for the employer to put forward their apprentice for the End Point Assessment. At the Gateway meeting we will check that you have met all you need to cover any knowledge, skills or behaviour requirements.

EPA (End Point Assessment)

The End Point Assessment (EPA) is the final assessment for an apprentice to ensure that they can do the job they have been training for. EPA is separate to any qualifications or other assessment that an apprentice may undertake.