Environmental Officer Trainee

  • Employer: Brent Council
  • Reference: BC/23/259813
  • Published: Wed 25/10/2023, 12:38 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 12/02/2024, 23:50 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: Salary range: £24,616.80 p.a. Inc. London weighting
  • DBS Check: No
  • Workplace: On-Site
  • Location: Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0FJ, Brent

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Environmental Officer Trainee

Salary range: £24,616.80 p.a. Inc. London weighting
Contract: Fixed term 48 months
Hours of work: 36 hours per week
Location: Civic centre and other locations from time to time 

Get ahead with an Environmental Health Practitioner degree at Brent Council 

Brent Council is committed to the continued expansion and development of all apprenticeship programmes for our residents. Our apprenticeship schemes at Brent are just one of the ways we grow our own talent within the borough. We work hard to represent our community and are looking for likeminded people to join us. Working in Wembley Park, alongside our neighbours Wembley stadium, Wembley arena, Box Park and LDO, makes Brent an exciting location to work.

There is no age limit on an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship can be used for people starting out on their work life journey at the age of 16 or those changing a career for a different working life. 

At Brent we will be pay you a LLW salary, whilst you train and attend university. 

Brief description of the role

To assist and support members of the Housing Enforcement and Property Licensing Team in the gathering, evaluating and processing of information and evidence through the provision of clerical, administrative property inspections, desktop investigations and practical field support to the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) and other officers as necessary.

You will be involved in a wide variety of work, which will keep your days varied and interesting whilst building your knowledge and experience. 

Key functionalities

  • To follow an agreed development programme with the aim of gaining comprehensive work experience in the broad areas of Environmental Health with a particular focus on Housing Enforcement.
  • To undertake training duties as specified, which in general will include such matters as undertaking projects, carrying out inspections / investigations, preparing formal notices / documentation, writing reports, and preparing cases for prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court and attending court as a witness in line with our enforcement policy
  • Assist officers with and progress to undertake independently, proactive inspections, compliance visits, investigations, surveys, sampling and interventions in domestic premises and the wider environment, as directed by other officers. 
  • As knowledge and competence develops, undertake a case load of reactive work, including responding to and investigating complaints, as well as proactive project work and educational activities where required. 
  • Organising and managing own workload within corporate priorities and agreed personal objectives.
  • The post holder could expect to work outside of normal working hours (08.00 to 18.00). This may include on occasion working at weekends.
The Person

Keen to learn, you will demonstrate good communication skills, an understanding of good customer service, teamwork. The ability to deliver presentations and be able to produce clear & concise reports. Alongside an interest in developing a career in environmental Health.

You will also need to show your interest in local government and the delivery of public services. We will also be looking for a flexible and positive approach to work.

Qualifications required

  • GCSE Maths & English Grade C or level 4 and above.
  • At least one A level in a science or technology subject drawn from Chemistry, Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Nutrition, Food Science or similar.
  • Relevant or prior experiential learning may also be considered as an alternative.
  • Good IT skills including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is desirable.

Prospective apprentices will be required to pass the university selection criteria and interview process, prior to a job offer. 

The apprenticeship

Below is a link to the Apprenticeship Standard that you will be working towards.


Simultaneously undertaking a comprehensive study programme towards the Level 6-degree apprenticeship.  You will gain valuable knowledge and skills which will be an asset to the council and your career. Our apprenticeship scheme offers significant assistance with training and provides the opportunity to improve skills for future career opportunities. The training for this role will be delivered by Middlesex University.

Closing Date: 12th of February 2024 (this the end of apprenticeship week).

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, we advise that you apply as soon as possible. 

Assessment & Interview Date: April 2024

Start date: September 2024

Supporting information:  As part of your application, please include a CV and cover letter stating why you are interested in this role, without this information your application will not be progressed.

Additional Information 

If you are interested in applying for this job, please start by clicking the "Apply Now" button below. You must provide a supporting statement as part of your application that clearly shows how you meet the criteria on the Person Specification. We will accept a CV in support of your application, however, you should still provide a supporting statement.

Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. 

Applications are particularly welcome from people with disabilities and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) applicants as they are under-represented across the council.

All organisations and individuals who work with children and young people or are involved in providing services for them have a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare.

We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Before you join Brent Council, you will need to provide your National Insurance (NI) number and undergo a Home Office Standard I.D. check.

Successful applicants may be required to apply for a DBS Disclosure.

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