Applications open for Council apprenticeships

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Applications are now open for apprenticeships here at Copeland Council.


Copeland is located on the West Coast of Cumbria and is experiencing a challenging mix of industrial growth, infrastructure needs and social and economic inclusion issues. 

We are a small District Council led by an Independent Elected Mayor with a corporate strategy focused on “working smarter” to ensure Copeland is a better place for its residents to live and work and for others to visit, invest and do business.

Copeland Borough Council has refreshed its Support Services functions.  We want to make it as simple as possible for our customers to access our services.  We are targeting our resources and services to be commercially focussed and provide value for money. 

We are introducing a range of Modern Apprenticeship Opportunities across our functions and are looking for individuals who are keen to learn, passionate about public services and who have a professional attitude to work.

In collaboration with Lakes College you will have the opportunity to gain experience in work and at the same time gain a professional qualification.  Each programme will start in October 2017 and will run to March 2019. 

Salary:  £16,302 per year

Working and Training Hours: 37 per week

Annual Leave: 24 days a year plus bank holidays

Benefits include Childcare Vouchers, Pension, Cycle to Work Scheme, Computer Share Scheme, Flexi-time

The Closing Date for all applications is Friday 15th September 2017.

Successful applicants will be required to attend literacy and numeracy assessment during week commencing 27th September and will also attend an interview preparation activity.

Interviews will be held on 6th October 2017.

Application forms are available below or by contacting Copeland Direct on 01946 598 300 or by e-mailing  Please quote the reference number(s) of the apprenticeship programme that you are applying for.

Job Profiles:

ICT Technical Support Officer Apprentice - reference number IT/03

Accountancy Apprentice - reference number FIN/01

Customer Services Apprentice - reference number RBCS/04

HR Apprentice - reference number HR/02

Revenues & Benefits Apprentice - reference number RBCS/05

Application form

Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, is urging everyone to consider applying. He said: "Copeland Council is an exciting and rewarding place to work, offering a whole host of career opportunities, and I’d encourage everyone to consider joining our team.”

Five of our long-serving members of staff have shared their experiences of working at Copeland Council. Read their full stories at

Janice Carrol, Waste and Enforcement Manager, who has been with us for over 27 years, said: “The organisation has been really supportive in developing me as an individual. Over the years I’ve grown from a shy admin assistant into a confident manager.”

Les Finlay, Building Control Surveyor who is spending his 29th year at the Council, said: “Copeland is a great place to work and the proof really is in the pudding - I’m still here.”

Lizzie Skelton, Project Officer who has over 10 years’ service, said: “I’ve worked at Copeland for a long time now and I don’t think I’ll ever leave.”

Louise Coid, Emergency Planning/Community Safety Officer has been with the council for 24 years, said: “Copeland have really supported my career, funding all my training and encouraging me to progress.”

Joanne Fisher, Principal Waste Officer, joined the Council over 16 years ago, she said: “There’s a real sense of family in the team and no two days are the same.”

View the Copeland Borough Council structure chart here.