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CareerTrack Apprenticeships – Tendring District Council
Are you looking for employment … looking for training … would like to get some experience, obtain some qualifications, and get paid? Look no further, you can have all of this with Career Track.
Career Track is part of Tendring District Council and has successfully been working with businesses in Tendring and Colchester for over 30 years. We are able to tailor a programme to suit the needs of your business and those of your staff. We offer a full FREE recruitment service and as much or as little support needed to work with your apprentice. We can provide advice and guidance on your training and development needs. We work with a large network of providers and can access funding opportunities and other training options on your behalf.
We offer the following apprenticeships in Customer Service, Business Administration, Team Leading and Management.
The Council values, as outlined in our Corporate Plan, (link) are as follows:
Councillors and staff uphold personal integrity, honesty and respect for others
Innovative, flexible, professional staff committed to delivering excellence
Recognising the diversity and equality of individuals
Why work for us?
The Council is a major employer in the Tendring area with over 500 permanent staff and 200 casual staff.
We are fully accredited with Investors in People (Gold Standard), demonstrating continued strong commitment to high performance through good people management.
TDC are committed to a policy of equality of opportunity and to encourage inclusion and diversity among its workforce.
In 2017, the Council was one of the first local authorities in Essex to achieve Disability Confident Leader Status, Level 3, which acknowledged the continued progressive work that had been undertaken by the Council in the positive recruitment, retention and promotion of supporting people with disabilities in the workplace and to all stakeholders and suppliers. We also continue to take an active leadership role in encouraging and helping other employers on their journey to becoming Disability Confident.
Tendring is proud to be a Silver Award winner of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, demonstrating our commitment to support the Armed Forces Community. The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to demonstrate or advocate support to defence, the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
We have asked a number of our staff to share their experiences of working at Tendring District Council:
My journey in Tendring District Council has been only one direction for me – forwards.
I started my journey as an Internal Audit Apprentice and was given the opportunity to progress into a full time position as an Auditor. I was influenced to apply for an apprenticeship through reading remarkable feedback from those who had experienced the apprenticeship programme and were able to develop a career in their local town.
TDC offer apprentices masses of opportunities to learn and build on an individual’s expertise within their department as they provide unique and practical courses. I believe attending the courses helped me achieve my goal to become an Auditor.
The Career Track team overloaded me with support and encouragement from the start of my apprenticeship all the way through until I achieved the full time positon.
I started at Tendring (TDC) as a Temporary Clerical Assistant in September 1990, working in what was Exchequer. My job was to sort and input all the invoices that had to be made by TDC to outside companies and customers. In August 1991 I was made a permanent employee, same duties, with a new job title, Exchequer Assistant. In October 2000, I was pleased to change duties within the office, I was still an Exchequer Assistant, but I started processing Payroll. It was a big change for me, but I enjoyed the new challenge it gave me. I was lucky to have picked up some knowledge about Payroll over the previous 10 years in Exchequer and then learnt more on the job.
Fast forward 19 years, and I’m still in the same office doing the same job, new title, Payroll/Payments Officer, but with many new and additional responsibilities, although I still help when needed, with the processing of invoices. I can honestly say I enjoy my job, working in a very supportive team, no two days are the same and you can face a new challenge on a weekly basis. There have been many changes in the 29 years I’ve worked for TDC, but it’s always for progression.
I had a major health scare in October 2017 and both my work family and Human Resources were very supportive during my absence and also made my phased return to work smooth and stress free!
I grew up in Clacton on Sea and went to school locally. I started studying for a degree in Planning at Anglia Polytechnic University aged 19 whilst working part time in a shop in Clacton Town Centre. Part way through my degree I contacted Tendring District Council about the possibility of doing some work experience in the Planning Department and at the age of 21 they offered me part time paid employment, as a Clerical Assistant to help with work on the District Local Plan. This enabled me to study for my degree and gain real life experience in the field of planning.
Because I got on well in the job, I was promoted to the role of Planning Assistant and a year later, aged 22, I applied for a job as a full time Planning Officer at the Council and was given the role, along with a commitment to fund and support the remainder of my planning qualifications through part time day release. At the same time I undertook a certificate in Team Leadership as part of a pilot in-house training programme and was awarded the Council’s ‘Student of the Year’ award aged 24.
I completed my post-graduate diploma in Planning, aged 25, and was promoted to the role of Senior Planning Officer in time to take the lead role at Tendring District Council’s Local Plan Public Inquiry. At 27 I was promoted to the role of Principal Planning Officer and, at 29, I became one of the Council’s Senior Managers. To support my development as a manager, the Council sponsored me to undertake a 3-year Masters in Business Administration (MBA) on day release at Colchester Institute which I completed aged 33. The Council also allowed me to change role within the Planning Department to lead the Development Management Team responsible for determining major planning applications. Since then I have been promoted once more to Acting Director for Planning with overall responsibility for the Council’s Planning Department and, at 40 I now sit on the Council’s Senior Management Team.
In my 20 year career to date, I have played a leading role in many exciting projects including the District Local Plan, the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community, the restoration of St. Osyth Priory, the development of Brook Park West, the rejuvenation of Clacton Town Centre, many major housing developments and a number of high profile planning appeals.
I have been offered excellent support and training and career opportunities throughout my whole time as an employee of Tendring District Council and I have some excellent colleagues who have become good friends, with a shared dedication to the people of Tendring and a commitment to public service.
The Council offers a great range of employee benefits including:-
Flexible working arrangements,
Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme,
Generous leave entitlement,
Discounted Corporate Gym Membership,
A number of Salary Sacrifice initiatives,
Employee Assistance Programme.
What kind of people are you looking for to join your organisation?
In line with the Council’s values we are looking for innovative, flexible, professional staff, who are committed to delivering excellence and working collaboratively, whilst demonstrating personal integrity, honesty and respect for others and recognising the importance of diversity and equality in all individuals.
Any hints or tips for those applying?
In order to apply for a Council vacancy you are required to complete a competency based application form, unless stated otherwise.
Candidates are selected for interview on the basis of the information included in the application form and therefore it is in your interest to make sure that all relevant details are included on the form. Please ensure you complete all parts.
A job competency is a key element of a job description that describes a skill, knowledge, behaviour or attitude that enables an employee to perform assigned tasks.
By reading the competencies and the job description it can help you establish what skills you have to meet the requirement of the role.
When thinking about your skills, they can relate to learnt skills, both in education, at work, volunteering or everyday life.
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