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Although we recruit apprentices throughout the year, the majority of our vacancies are advertised in May.  All vacancies will be on North East Jobs Portal and promoted via our website and social media channels.

Pay for you as an apprentice

Apprenticeships are a great way to earn and learn, and you'll receive the same terms and conditions as any other employee with the council. Find out what you will earn as an apprentice, and how many hours per week you will work.

What you will earn

The national minimum wage (NMW) for all apprentices in Year 1 is £5.28 per hour from April 2023 (this is reviewed every April). If you are aged 19 or older and in Year 2 of your apprenticeship, you will receive the national minimum wage for your age. See National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates for the latest rates.

How many hours per week you will work

The minimum duration of each apprenticeship is based on you working 30 hours a week or more, including any off-the-job training you undertake (equating to 6 hours per week). The majority of apprenticeships with the council will be full time 37 hours per week. 

You will get holidays when doing an apprenticeship, you'll receive the same terms and conditions as any other member of staff with the council.