Level 3 ICT Professional Apprenticeship
University is not the right choice for everyone and here at Lancaster City Council we have a fantastic alternative, an apprenticeship that gives you up to two years’ real world experience via on the job learning, with one day a week in college gaining theoretical knowledge to apply back in the office. Being an apprentice with Lancaster City Council is not just about training and qualifications. We have your long-term professional career in mind, so from the day you join us you will have the potential to be considered for permanent employment.
ICT is responsible for the support and development of all Council computer, network, printing and telecommunication services. ICT work closely with all departments to help provide efficient cost effective services to the council through the best use of technology. ICT is led by the ICT Manager and consists of two teams, Operations and Development.
The post holder will be based in the Development team, which is responsible for the design and development of new and existing ICT including business software applications, data and communication networks and infrastructure services. The Development team also includes GIS and street naming and numbering.
This role includes:
- Troubleshooting existing business applications.
- Investigating user requirements to ensure future needs are met.
- Testing and deploying cloud technologies.
- Assisting with Council-wide projects to roll out new, modern systems
- Liaising with internal and external contacts to troubleshoot and improve systems.
- Working towards improving the baseline security of Council ICT systems using modern technologies and techniques.
- The design, build and testing of network infrastructure such as virtual servers, firewalls and network switches.
If you want to begin a career in ICT, and want a wide experience of technologies allowing you to develop a number of skill sets, then this could be the role for you.
If you wish to speak to someone within the department to discuss an aspect of the role we would welcome your call. Please ring Stephen Hargreaves, Projects and Security Manager, 01524 582315 or Ben Wainwright, ICT Development Manager, 01524 582131.
This post is 37 hours per week, working Monday to Friday. This post is eligible for Lancaster City Council’s flexible working hours scheme.
Annual Leave entitlement is 26 days plus bank holidays.
Typical duration of apprenticeship
Up to 2 years
Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, the post holder will be appointed to the permanent post of Development Assistant. The Development Assistant role is 37 hours a week on Grade 3, SCP 07 - 17. That is £19,554 - £23,836 per annum. The starting salary will be SCP 07 £19,554, the post holder with receive an increment on an annual basis until they reach the top of the grade.
You will have (or have been predicted) grade B or above GCSEs (or equivalent) in English, Mathematics and IT. Excellent IT skills are a must, along with good written and verbal communication skills. The ability to maintain high levels of accuracy is also essential. Experience of development is desirable but not essential.
Please note: In order to be eligible for this apprenticeship your current qualifications in the subject area of ICT cannot be higher than the level of this apprenticeship. If you would like to contact us regarding this please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The post offers a great opportunity for an enthusiastic, reliable and focused individual, who is enthusiastic about IT. They must be keen to work well within a busy team dealing with a variety of different types of work, show a willingness to learn in order to develop their skills, and demonstrate maturity along with the ability to work alongside a wide variety of people.
Usual place of work
Old Fire Station, Lancaster