Guaranteed Interview Schemes
We are a Disability Confident employer, which means that we’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. We encourage you to notify us of any reasonable adjustments you require during the process.
We also commit to interview all veterans/reservists and care leavers, who meet the requirements of the role for which they are applying.
We offer a range of apprenticeship opportunities from Level 2 to 7, covering Accounting, Business Administration, Customer Service, Youth Support Worker, Education, HR, Leadership, Marketing, Water Environment Worker, and Payroll, to name just a few. Over the next few years, we will continue to develop Green Apprenticeships within ECC to ensure we achieve the 2050 target of being net zero carbon.
Apprenticeships are a great way to start your career or to change your career and learn something new. During your working hours, you’ll have a dedicated 6 hours per week of off job training – this is where you will complete the theory part of your apprenticeship. There are over 650 apprenticeship standards, which you can view on https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards
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Our new ‘Apprenticeship Stories’ page delivers eight unique experiences from our employees.
As well as standard apprenticeship programmes, we also offer accessible apprenticeships. If you have had an Education Health Care Plan, LDA statement or previous statement of need, this could be for you. The length of the programme and hours you work each week can be flexible to meet your particular needs and the Institute of Apprenticeships ensures end-point assessments are reasonably adjusted as required.
Career Insights Days
Our Career Insight Days are designed to give secondary school students an insight into our organisation, with a focus on a particular area, such as Environment and Climate, Social Care, Business Support, Waste and Circular Economy, Procurement, Policy and Cabinet Office.
Students will attend interactive workshops run by our colleagues, as well as develop an understanding of entry routes into ECC. Our Career Insight Days will be running in person within a school setting.
At Essex County Council, we’re very aware of the unique contribution young people with autism can make to our organisation. If you’re aged 18 or over, one of our 20-week paid internships could be a great opportunity. Each Internship is person centred, meaning that we fit the role around what works best for you to make you shine!
You will be supported by the Entry to Work Team during the recruitment process by undertaking a vocational profiling session which allows you to tell us more about yourself – we know there’s more to you than a CV! Once you’ve started your paid Internship, you will have regular check-in with the Entry to Work Team, as well as having the support and guidance from your work buddies and line manager.
We offer a variety of graduate programmes within ECC:
- Graduate Programmes
Our graduate programmes are within Finance, Procurement, Pensions, Legal or Technology Services. Three years in length, our graduate programmes offer great experience, the chance to work with hugely experienced colleagues and high-calibre training, as well as a recognised qualification in your chosen discipline. They are designed to fast-track you into management positions once you’ve completed graduate programme.
As part of the graduate programme, you will also complete a Level 7 Apprenticeship standard, which is the equivalent of a Masters.
- Graduate Internships
We offer a range of internship opportunities throughout the year within our teams such as Active Travel, Finance, Procurement, Research, Insight and Innovation, Housing, Policy and lots more. The internships are from 8 weeks in length and give graduates the opportunity to develop their knowledge within a working environment.
- 10,000 Black Interns
Working with 10,000 Black Interns, ECC make annual pledges to offer paid placements with the aim to transform the horizons and prospects of young Black people in the UK. Applications are in November, with start dates in May.
Essex County Council has a statuary duty to support, protect and empower Care Leavers. As well as our Job Interview Scheme for Care Leavers, we also provide support during the application process such as a digital brochure which details each step of the process with ‘top tips’, the team also provide reassurance ahead of the interview itself.
The Entry to Work Team also hold an annual Career Insight Day, specifically for Care Leavers. This is run during National Care Leavers Week. The Day is a chance for ECC employees to discuss their roles and career pathways. Previous attendees have undertaken valuable work experience placements and work shadowing opportunities after attending the Day.
We currently offer T Level placements within Business Support.
T Levels are a relatively new early careers pathway and allow students aged 16-19 to gain practical experience whilst working towards their T Level qualification. The placements run for a minimum of 45 days and are unpaid.
Return to Practice
Our Return to Practice Programme is for individuals looking to return to either Social Work or Occupational Therapist positions. The programme is person centred, meaning that we put you at the heart of the recruitment process – we will work with you to accommodate your work requests, whether this be part time hours, location of work or business area. You’ll be enrolled on a 6-month training programme to achieve your re-registration then progress to a qualified position within Essex County Council.
What sets our Return to Practice Programme apart from the others is that you’re paid you’re your first day, even when you’re undertaking the training programme, plus we’ll even pay for your re-registration! Vacancies will be advertised at various times throughout the year.