What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job where you can earn a wage and work towards a recognised qualification whilst gaining valuable work experience you will need for your job and future career.

Whichever level of apprenticeship you choose, you will be supported by mentors, managers and assessors, as well as working alongside experienced colleagues who will help guide and support your development to become an important part of the team.

There will be off-the-job learning involved, assignments to complete, and time to attend college - dependent on what type of apprenticeship you undertake. At the same time you will be developing skills that influence how you work and interact with others including team work, communication, problem solving and decision making skills.

Group of Youth Ambition apprentices

Why Oxford City Council?

At Oxford City Council, providing excellent public services is at the heart of everything we do.

We want to build a world class city for everyone, by creating successful places to live and work, supporting our communities and addressing the climate emergency in order to build a fairer, greener city in which everyone can thrive.

We follow the principles of One Team, Inclusion and Respect, Service Excellence, Stepping up and Amazing Outcomes.

Read Our Strategy to see how we plan to pursue a zero carbon Oxford, support thriving communities, deliver more affordable housing, and enable an inclusive economy.

Valuing our employees is just as important which is why our ‘People Strategy’ is about our commitment to creating the conditions for everyone to perform at their best through improving our policies, investing in health and wellbeing and continuing the development of our teams and individuals.

Employee Benefits

As an apprentice, you’ll have access to a range of employee benefits including a generous annual leave allowance, local government pension scheme, discounted travel costs as well discounts on national brands and in local independent stores.

We also have a discounted staff leisure membership card giving you access to our modern and diverse leisure facilities including pools, gyms, sports halls, crèche facilities and more.

Is an apprenticeship right for me?

Apprenticeships are not just for school leavers, we offer a range of apprenticeships that can help support your career aspirations whether you’re just starting out or moving on.

Meet some of our former Apprentices, some of our Staff, Chief Executive, and some Councillors

Hear about the experience of some of our former apprentices in the videos below.

Watch 'Aleksi talking about apprenticeships' on YouTube (2 minutes, 43 seconds)

How to apply for an Apprenticeship

There are currently no apprenticeship vacancies available.

Find advice and information on applying for jobs with us including;

  • how to write a great job application
  • how to apply for a job on line
  • how to prepare for an interview
  • our values and behaviours

If you would like an informal discussion about any of the apprenticeships then you will find the managers contact details on each job description. 

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