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Public Health Trainee (Degree Level Apprenticeship) Ref: 50046981

County Hall and Agile Working

Grade 8 £24,745.00 to £27,515.00 per annum (As an apprentice 0.2WTE time is spent on taught time therefore pay is 0.8 WTE of the usual salary).

Contact: Please contact Eleanor Bell on 07772 454938 or for an informal conversation.

Vacancy Reference: 50046981

Closing Date: 13/07/2022

Contract Type: Fixed-Term

Hours: 37 per week


We are excited to offer the opportunity of a Public Health Apprentice for the first time. You will join the team on the Isle of Wight in partnership with Hampshire County Council bringing the benefits of working in a small team in a unitary authority and working as part of a large team with a range of expertise across a large geography.


You will work predominantly within the team but also be offered placements as appropriate with partner organisations or other teams in the council to expand your skills and knowledge, whilst keeping your employment and line management within Public Health in Isle of Wight Council. It is a three-year degree apprenticeship with the University of the West of England with all teaching delivered online so you will be mainly based on the Island.


There will be occasional travel to Winchester to engage with the rest of the team.  You will also receive time during the week to study and develop your knowledge and skills but will need to spend some of your own time studying too. You will also benefit from Public Health continuing professional development opportunities that are offered to the whole team, corporate training and e-learning and networking with other apprentices in the Council and other Public Health Apprentices across the South East of England.


You will play an active role supporting Senior Practitioners and Principals to implement and deliver health improvement programmes and work collaboratively, support projects and deliver on aspects of the Public Health strategy.

You will be involved in:


• developing and driving forward action plans

• developing partnership working

• analysing and presenting data

• supporting health protection work

• supporting the commissioning of services


The role is full time; paid as 0.8 WTE as an apprentice. It is ‘career graded’ meaning that it starts as a grade 8 and on reaching a gateway of competence (approximately half-way through the course) you will be paid as a grade 9. You will need to pass a basic DBS which the council will carry out.


As a developing Public Health professional, you’ll aim to be aware of the latest developments in the field and you will help us to be innovative, ensuring local practice keeps up to date with best practice. To succeed you’ll also understand the breadth of public health and be able to work at a population level, translating changes achieved by individuals and communities into health improvement across the community.


You will be a good communicator and self-starter, able to be organised, good at team working, reporting progress and effective at seeking agreement for decisions. You will become confident at contributing your ideas while consistently working to standard processes and working within your level of experience and expertise.


Applicants will have education qualifications meeting the university requirements including Maths and English GCSEs at a grade C or 4 or above, A-Levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications equal to or excelling 112 UCAS tariff points. You will be able to start the course in September.


Benefits include:


• Annual leave of 31 days per annum, plus public holidays

• Local government pension scheme

• Agile working with work from home and the office

• Local and national staff discounts and benefits, including Solent travel discounts

• Staff parking permit scheme

• Cycle to work scheme


Public Health is committed to workforce development and training and you will be supported in securing a permanent post after you have completed your apprenticeship.


Please refer to this job summary and the following document in making your application:


Please contact Eleanor Reed on 07772 454938 or  for an informal conversation.


Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.


The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour Policy, Employee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a
Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 is available to new employees subject to qualifying criteria. Further details are available upon request.

Please view information pack and complete your job application online at Telephone 01983 823134 or email if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.  


Closing date: 13/07/2022