Apprenticeship and Career Pathways Officer

Coventry, One Friargate, Station Square, Coventry
£27514 - £33486
17 Jun 2022
03 Jul 2022
Job Ref
Resourcing Team
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern

Coventry City Council’s People & Culture Team sits within Human Resources and focuses on people, process and performance to deliver organisational transformation and cultural change through a range of organisational interventions.  We’re a high performing team who are leading on a number of key priorities across the organisation including: Employee Engagement, Values & Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Development, Corporate Learning & Development and Apprenticeships & Early Careers.

The Apprenticeships & Early Careers Team within People and Culture are responsible for delivering the Council’s Apprenticeship Strategy which includes:

  • Increasing the number and quality of apprenticeship opportunities within the Council.
  • Widening participation by targeting and engaging with priority and under-represented groups.
  • Embedding apprenticeships across the organisation and developing career pathways.
  • Effectively utilising the Apprenticeship Levy to upskill our current workforce.
Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

What is the job role?

The Apprenticeships & Early Careers Team are currently responsible for over 300 apprentices undertaking over 60 apprenticeship standards ranging from Level 2 to Level 7 across the Council and our maintained schools. We are recruiting an additional Apprenticeship and Career Pathways Officer to both expand this number and to continue to improve the quality of our apprentices’ experience.

You will be joining the Council at a time where we are refreshing both our One Coventry Plan and Our People Plan, with apprenticeships playing a key role in ensuring that that we address our current skills gaps and future workforce needs.

In this role your key areas of work will include:

  • Proactively engaging with service areas and maintained schools to identify apprenticeship opportunities as part of a workforce planning approach.
  • Supporting managers to set up apprenticeships including writing job descriptions, identifying an apprenticeship standard for the role, sourcing a training provider, recruitment & selection and agreeing post-apprenticeship career pathways.
  • Managing a large caseload of apprentices, supporting apprentices throughout the apprenticeship lifecycle to ensure a positive destination.
  • Engaging with priority and under-represented groups to identify and remove barriers to work towards our aim of having a workforce representative of the communities we serve.
  • Commissioning, designing, and delivering a range of value-added activities for our apprentices to aid in their development.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

The Apprenticeships and Early Careers Team are a small team that are passionate about supporting our apprentices to develop and achieve their full potential.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has an understanding of apprenticeships and their use within an organisation in relation to workforce planning and career pathways.
  • Has an understanding of recruitment and selection processes and procedures.
  • Is passionate about diversity and inclusion and engaging with under-represented groups to break down barriers to employment.
  • Is able to provide advice, information and guidance to apprentices and managers to ensure apprenticeship opportunities are maximised and apprentices move into positive destinations.
  • Is able to work under own initiative with minimum supervision; pro-actively investigating issues and seeking solutions to problems.

When applying for this position you will be asked to write a personal statement explaining your suitability for the post.  When writing your personal statement please ensure you cover all of the bullet points listed above.

We are actively encouraging applicants from under-represented groups including people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and the LGBT+ community.

If have you any questions or would like further information on this role, please e-mail

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview dates: 20th and 21st July 2022


Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and it was the UK City of Culture 2021. We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons as you can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Opportunity for Salary Match and Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 
  • Lifestyle savings
  • Salary Sacrifice Schemes; Car Scheme, Cycle to work and more
  • Interest-free travel loans
  • Payroll giving scheme
  • Workplace parking scheme
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption Leave
  • And much more


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