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Apprentice Environmental Health Officer

Employer
Lichfield District Council
Location
Lichfield
Salary
£27,334-£29,777
Closing date
18 Feb 2024
Reference
LDC000579

Job Details

 

Apprentice Environmental Health Officer
£27,334-£29,777

Full time

Fixed term contract (five years)

Closing date 18 Feb 2024

We’re Lichfield District Council, providing vital services to 106,000 people in the heart of England. The district is a beautiful place to live and work and boasts a historic city centre with an impressive cathedral, and is just 15 miles north of Birmingham. Our Regulation & Enforcement Service brings together all our related functions including environmental health, licensing, community safety, planning enforcement and emergency planning. This is important work and every day our officers are making a positive difference to people, businesses, communities and the environment.

The Council is ambitious, innovative, and determined to be the best in all that we do. Key to this is employing the best people, and we therefore offer some attractive benefits:

  • Degree apprenticeship
  • Flexible working
  • Free car parking
  • Payment of a professional body membership fee
  • Private health insurance (starting 2024)
  • Local government pension including death in service cover with a lump sum at 3 times your salary
  • Up to 39 days combined annual leave and bank holiday allowance depending on length of service
  • Modern offices with complementary refreshments
  • Discounted membership to our two leisure centres
  • Offices opposite Lichfield Train Station
  • Essential car user scheme
  • Annual performance bonus scheme

 

The Opportunity

We’re excited to offer an incredible opportunity that will likely shape the future for the successful applicant.  You would be employed full time by Lichfield District Council for a period of five years, and attend the University of Wolverhampton for one day each week to complete a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Health without having to pay any tuition fees.  The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and would lead to you becoming a Registered Environmental Health Practitioner (REnvH).  The remainder of each week would be spent based in licensing and rotating through time in environmental protection, food safety and health & safety, community safety, planning enforcement and emergency planning.  You’ll develop knowledge, skills and experiences that will set you up for a successful, demanding and exciting career as an environmental health officer, and after completion of the apprenticeship we hope to offer a permanent post in one of our teams.  The opportunity might suit people who have recently left education at age 18, those looking for a career change, those already working in a regulation or enforcement role, and those who already have a degree.     

A typical week working across our Regulation & Enforcement Service might see you inspecting a takeaway business and awarding their food hygiene rating, questioning a suspect involved in waste offences, making enquiries into a taxi driver accused of overcharging, investigating a serious accident at a local warehouse, giving evidence in court in a prosecution against a rogue landlord, raiding a puppy farm and seizing dogs that are suffering, attending a funeral that you arranged for someone who died with no relatives, working to contain an outbreak of an infectious disease, visiting pubs and clubs to ensure they follow the conditions of their licence, inspecting a riding school to ensure it is safe and the horses are cared for, responding to a complaint about noisy neighbours, monitoring local air quality, inspecting a rented property to ensure it is free from damp and mould, and so much more.  There is no other career like being an environmental health officer.  The motto of our profession is amicus humani generis – friend of the human race.                

We are looking for someone with:

  • A minimum of three A levels at grade C or higher, or the equivalent.
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C or higher, or the equivalent.
  • Experience, in paid or voluntary roles, of providing a service to others, of working in a team, and of independent decision making.

Further details can be found in the person specification.

 

Open Evening

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please come along to our informal open evening on Wednesday 7 February 2024, 6-7.30pm, at the District Council House in Frog Lane, Lichfield.  You will be able to learn more about working in local government, about environmental health as a career, and about studying at the University of Wolverhampton.  You’ll be able to meet some of the people you’ll be working alongside and ask them questions.  After the open evening you’ll still have time to submit your application.

To register to attend the open evening, please visit: https://forms.office.com/e/929dZqWrGF

Application Process

To apply, please submit your CV along with a statement outlining how you meet the criteria and why you should be considered for this opportunity.  The CV and statement should be no more than two sides of A4 each. 

All offers of employment are conditional, subject to satisfactory clearances which include two references and evidence of your right to work in the UK.  At Lichfield District Council we are committed to creating a positive environment and culture that promotes equality, diversity and inclusion.  We welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of age, disability, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, religious or spiritual belief, those with caring responsibilities.  All applicants are selected based on experience, knowledge and skills which are identified in the person specification.  If you need any support with completing your application, or any part of the recruitment process , please contact hr@lichfielddc.gov.uk so that we can discuss reasonable adjustments. 

We reserve the right to carry out a basic check with Disclosure Scotland dependant on the requirements of the role and in line with relevant legislation.

Supporting documents
20231117-LDC_RE_Apprentice_EHO_JDPS.pdf

Company

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Working for us

We serve a population of around 100,000 residents within Lichfield and the district. Lichfield itself is a small cathedral city located 20 miles just north of Birmingham.

We are one of the district’s largest employers and offer a range of fulfilling job opportunities. Our team is at the very heart of our council - everyone, whatever their role, contributes to delivering great services to our local community. We are committed to equality and diversity, and work to ensure that our workplaces and our services are accessible to all. To see our full range of services , visit  www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/ourservices  and search careers for more information on how we work together to make Lichfield a great place to live and work.

We very much hope that you will want to become part of our team as we move forward and modernise our services.

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Telephone
01543 308000
Location
Lichfield District Council
Frog Lane
Lichfield
Staffordshire
WS13 6YU
United Kingdom

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