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Apprentice Democratic Services Officer (Digital)

  • Employer: West Berkshire Council
  • Reference: V5306
  • Published: Tue 05/09/2023, 14:00 PM
  • Closing on: Tue 19/09/2023, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: From £24,054 to £27,852 per annum (Grade F)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, Berkshire

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Apprentice Democratic Services Officer (Digital)

West Berkshire Council has a high level of public engagement with our democratic processes and this is something we want to continue into the future.

We therefore have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and highly motivated individual to join our Democratic Services Team, in order to ensure that we can continue to facilitate this.  You will assist public engagement by ensuring the smooth operation of the Council’s formal committee meetings. This will include the hosting, live streaming and broadcasting of relevant meetings.

You will be required to develop and maintain effective relationships, working closely with councillors, senior officers and fellow team members. You will need to possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 

You will support internal and public decision making processes by compiling and distributing agendas, and producing minutes.

You will also support the Legal and Democratic Service with the transformation to increased digitalisation to achieve more efficient services. 

We are passionate about our people and how we deliver services to our community in West Berkshire. That’s why we encourage a culture that puts our customers at the heart of everything we do – by empowering our people to work together to find solutions, be open, honest and respectful, take responsibility and listen and learn. If you value these behaviours too, we’d love to hear from you. 

West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as:

  • Flexible working wherever possible between the hours of 07.00-19.00
  • Hybrid working wherever possible working 40% in the office
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities 
  • Generous Local Government pension scheme
  • Family friendly policies
  • A range of local discounts
  • Wellbeing Programme including Employee Assistance Programme and employee benefits
  • You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement starting at 28 days per annum (plus public holidays) Rising by an additional 5 days after 5 years’ service.

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

This post is a Sensitive Post for the purpose of the Local Government Housing Act 1989 and the post-holder is therefore restricted from engaging in any prescribed political activities. In summary, this means that you are prohibited from holding political office and from involvement in any political activity within or outside the workplace. Full details of the restrictions can be found in the Council’s Policy and Guidance on Politically Restricted Posts.

We are ideally looking to offer the successful candidate the full number of hours advertised above. We may however consider offering less hours than advertised providing they meet the requirements of the role and service which will be determined by the recruiting manager

This role is fixed term for 14 months – Apprenticeship

Please contact Stephen Chard, Democratic Services Manager, on 01635 519462 or Gordon Oliver, Principal Policy Officer, on 01635 519486 for an informal chat about this role.

Equal Opportunities

The Council supports Equal Opportunity of employment, and positively encourages applications from people who fall within any of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.