Apprenticeships

Are you looking for a job that combines practical training in a job alongside studies?

We have apprenticeship vacancies across our services in a wide range of careers and you can start at any time of the year.

Being an apprentice with the Council you really do get the best of both worlds. You can study for a new qualification and at the same time gain job specific skills and experience. Training is delivered by a university, college or training provider either on our premises or at the university’s college or a training centre.

Benefits of becoming an apprentice

  • Earn a salary while you learn
  • Progress within your career – most employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.
  • Learn job-specific skills – your employer will provide ‘on the job’ training. 
  • Access to Cheshire East Council’s employee benefits scheme
  • Employment benefits including annual leave entitlement and holiday pay
  • A nationally-recognised qualification
  • Valuable hands-on experience working alongside industry experts 
  • Guidance and support every step of the way

To get a taste of what roles are on offer see our scheme below.

Our Scheme

The types of apprenticeships

There are four types of apprenticeship you can apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications:

  • Intermediate level apprenticeships, where you work towards Level 2 qualifications and functional skills.
  • Advanced level apprenticeships, where you work towards Level 3 qualifications and functional skills.
  • Higher level apprenticeships, give you the opportunity to gain qualifications up to Level 5 which is the equivalent of a Foundation degree.
  • Degree level apprenticeships, give you the opportunity to gain qualifications up to Level 7 which is the equivalent of a Master’s degree.

We offer these apprenticeships in a range of different subjects, including business administration, finance, human resources, IT, legal, health and social care and horticulture.

Many schools across Cheshire East also recruit apprentices as teaching assistants and teachers.

Apprentices are normally employed for a 37 hour week and an apprenticeship wage that allows time every week to study towards a qualification. Extra learning and development sessions are also available to support the development of apprentices with further employability skills.

You can see all of our current vacancies on the  National Apprenticeship Service website or on our job vacancy pages.

A current and former Cheshire East apprentice share their experience and thoughts on the scheme


Cheshire East Apprentices from Cheshire East Communications on Vimeo.