Wellbeing and Public Health Apprentice - Working for Essex
Salary: £25,679 per annum
Closing date: 23 Jun 2024
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17165
Role: Apprenticeships
About the role

Wellbeing and Public Health Apprentice

Fixed Term, Full Time

£25,679 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 23rd June 2024

About Us:

Do you have an interest in Public Health and are looking to start a career in this sector? Would you like to become a crucial part of a friendly, welcoming and high achieving team, and achieve a Level 6 Apprenticeship alongside? This could be the opportunity you are looking for!

This is a 42 month Fixed Term Contract.


  • Healthy work life balance; flexible and hybrid working options
  • Wide range of learning and development opportunities
  • IT equipment and home-working equipment supplied
  • 26 days annual leave + bank holidays + choice to buy extra
  • Generous Local Government Salary related pension scheme
  • Access to hundreds of discounts and benefits through Essex Rewards
  • Access to our health and wellbeing support platform with Vita Health Group
  • Disability Confident Leader: we are committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job
  • Up to 4 days per annum volunteering leave

The Role:

This role plays a very important part within Economy, Localities and Public Health (ELPH) and wider Essex County Council structures to the Council’s aspiration to become an outcome focused and evidence-based commissioning authority.

The Wellbeing and Public Health Apprentice is a developmental role, offering the opportunity to undertake a three-year programme of placements throughout the Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities Service, gaining a broad base of experience and achieving a qualification.

This role will be responsible for supporting the delivery of effective programmes of work within the defined Wellbeing and Public Health work programme to ensure outcome-based commissioning and community development of the Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities agenda.

An important facet of the role will be working effectively with others across ECC, stakeholders and partners to deliver a new, more flexible and collaborative approach.

This role will support a range of projects and activities by working on a number of thematic programmes and projects to meet strategic objectives.

As part of this role you will be upskilled via a Public Health Practitioner Level 6 Integrated Degree Apprenticeship . Study will be online from Bristol University to achieve BSc (Hons) Public Health / Public Health Practitioner. The course length is 36 months plus 3 months for End Point Assessment.

What our apprentices say:

“I love the apprenticeship process as you’re getting paid as you learn. I have been able to make good connections with other employees and really good relationships throughout my journey so far. It’s a great starting point to anyone who hasn’t got a clear idea of what work they would like to pursue. Also, the apprenticeship allowed me to try multiple different types of jobs when opportunities came up, so I was able to see what I liked, and what I was good at.”

"The team I work with are very supportive and everybody is happy to help and answer questions. They will rally together to give you the correct information, whether it be for an assignment for my apprenticeship or something on the job.”

Essential Requirements for the role:

  • GCSE Grade C/4 in English and Maths (or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths)
  • Educated to A level standard or equivalent by experience (equivalent to at least 112 UCAS tariff points)
  • Interest in Public Health or related activity service/function area
  • Good communication skills with the ability to work with others to achieve tasks and deliver results
  • Applicants must also meet the ESFA eligibility requirements. These are to:
  • be aged 16 years or over
  • be an EEA citizen (with Right to Work and Study in the UK) and not be in any other kind of full-time education (including being enrolled on any other apprenticeship programme)
  • Have been ordinarily resident in the UK or EEA for three years before the apprenticeship start date
  • A driver license is not essential, however candidates must have the ability travel around the county occasionally
  • Be available for in-person at County Hall, Chelmsford the week commencing 8th July

Please note:

  • Applicants with a previous degree will be considered on an individual basis
  • Applicants who do not fit the typical entry requirements will be considered on an individual basis. In this situation evidence of recent study at a suitable, recognised Level 3 qualification or equivalent alongside a profile of relevant experience

Desirable Criteria:

  • Evidence of the ability to develop skills and knowledge within role
  • Working knowledge and understanding of Microsoft office packages
  • Ability to contribute to proposals, decisions and developing solutions to tackle problems and achieve outcomes
  • Reviews own performance and progression, seeking feedback to learn and uses it positively

What will you be doing?

  • Fulfil a planned programme of job placements within the Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities Service. Meet all required criteria at the end of each placement for progression
  • Build a strong understanding of how to access and use the evidence base, conduct research and provide informed advice measure, monitor and report population health and wellbeing; health needs, risks, and inequalities; and the use of services
  • Supports senior officers and managers to ensure that prioritised activities are planned, and delivered in terms of, capacity and capability, to a high standard. To design and manage programmes and projects to improve health and reduce health inequalities
  • Works with a range of staff and senior managers in Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities and across ECC, partners and stakeholders, promote population and community health and wellbeing, addressing the wider determinants of health and health inequalities
  • Work in collaboration with partner organisations to deliver integrated activity and ensure highlights any further opportunities and efficiencies that can achieved
  • Support the delivery of specific projects and activities that further the continuous improvement ethos of high performing, sustainable and cost-effective services or place shaping activities and develop cross functional links
  • Supports the development of, and use, of a range of tools and techniques that ensure activity is consistent, effective and efficient and that an audit trail is maintained
  • Contributes to new challenges and opportunities ensuring that risks and opportunities are identified and managed which comply with all external and internal regulation: supporting responses to calls for contributions to the consultation process
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework

Why Essex?

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We are committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you need any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We are also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

To read more about us please visit:

Economy, Investment and Public Health: https://www.workingforessex.com/role/economy-investment-and-public-health

Entry to Work: www.workingforessex.com/EntrytoWorkTeam

How to apply

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You will be required to attend an in-person interview at County Hall, Chelmsford the week commencing 8th July.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Additional Information:

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