Apprentice Library & Information Assistant
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
£8,913 - £17,189p.a. subject to Age (see below)
Hours per week:
37hours per week
Borough of Stockton on Tees
TO START SEPTEMBER 2021
We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic people to join us on an apprenticeship programme. If you're looking for the opportunity to make a real difference and follow a stimulating and rewarding career, we would welcome an application from you to come and work with us as an Apprentice Library & Information Assistant working in various Libraries across the borough of Stockton on Tees
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council prides itself on being a great place to work where staff are trusted, valued and supported to make a positive contribution at work. We truly value our Apprentices. We recognise that Apprenticeships help us identify new talent, build new skills in our workforce, increase diversity in the workplace and help us to deliver our ambitious plans.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Stockton Libraries & Information aims to provide a quality, relevant, accessible and modern service which is responsive to the needs of the borough’s diverse communities.
Our nine libraries and two vehicles offer a wide range of services from books and eBooks to free computing and WIFI facilities, events and activities. We have reading groups for all ages, activities for children, families and adults, local and family history facilities and basic ICT training. Stockton Central Library has a small Innovation Station “maker space” and Thornaby Central Library has a small immersive projection room – the Imagination Station. The service is offered both through physical spaces and digitally.
We are looking for people who are enthusiastic about working with the public and engaging with local communities to support their reading and information needs; to help us to combat loneliness; to improve health and wellbeing across Stockton Borough. As with all library services, in response to COVID 19 we are having to think about how we can use digital platforms to continue activities moving forward. If you are looking to develop skills to help you into a job with a wide-ranging role in supporting people of all ages this apprenticeship could be for you.
ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS: All candidates are required to meet the essential requirements set out below. Please address in your application how you meet the following
• A minimum of 4 GCSE / Level 2 qualifications which must include English & Maths at Grade C/4 or above
• ICT Qualification - i.e. ECDL or equivalent
• A good book knowledge and a passion for reading, alongside the ability to share this with partners and customers of the Library and Information Service to encourage them to develop a love of literacy.
• Enthusiastic, reliable and flexible with good communication skills
Previous library or experience of working with the public in a frontline role is not essential, however
APPRENTICESHIP QUALIFICATION: You will be given appropriate paid time off work, to attend College and work towards completion of a Libraries, Information and Achieve Services Assistant - Level 3 Apprenticeship Qualification. This training, alongside on-the-job training you will receive, will cover all aspects of the role and will be delivered through attendance at regular tutorial session or other distance learning methods. PLEASE NOTE: You must not hold a qualification at the same or higher level as this apprenticeship in the same or similar subject.
APPRENTICESHIP BENEFITS: We offer an excellent benefits package for apprentices. You will be given a fixed term contract allowing you sufficient time to complete your apprenticeship qualification (see below), with the potential to secure a longer-term position to grow within the organisation. We will provide you with a dedicated Mentor to support you during your apprenticeship and you will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement as well as access to a number of additional employee benefits and additional learning and development opportunities.
APPRENTICESHIP DURATION: 21 MONTHS
• Under 18 years old, £4.62per hour, £8,913per year
• 18 to 20 years old, £6.56per hour, £12,656per year
• 21 to 22 years old, £8.36per hour, £16,128per year
• 23 years and over, £8.91per hour, £17,189per year
HOW TO APPLY: Please ensure you refer to the information included in the Advert, Job Description and Person Specification when completing your online application form. Additional information about current apprenticeship opportunities with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council can be found on our website: www.stockton.gov.uk/apprenticeships.
If you would like an informal discussion about the apprenticeship opportunity, please contact Debbie McDonagh, Community Libraries Officer on 01642 528484 or email: Debbie.McDonagh@stockton.gov.uk
INTERVIEW DATE: Thursday 8th July 2021