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Job Title : Electoral Services Apprentice
Employer : Bedford Borough Council
Location : Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 9AP
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Framework and Level : Business and Administration - Advanced Level Apprenticeship
Sector : Business Services
Vacancy Reference - : VAC-11679
Vacancy Short Description : Working in a fast paced environment ensuring that people are registered to vote and then involved in the complex organisation involved for all levels of elections from national parliamentary, referenda, to local Mayoral, Borough and Parish Elections.

 

Qualifications Required : You will need a minimum of four GCSEs A*-C/9-4 including English and maths.
Vacancy Full Description : Working in a fast paced environment ensuring that people are registered to vote and then involved in the complex organisation involved for all levels of elections from national parliamentary, referenda, to local Mayoral, Borough and Parish Elections.

Demonstrate enthusiasm to learn and develop in the apprentice role
Good verbal and written communication skills and good numeracy and data analysis skills.

Must be computer literate with ability to input and extract data accurately from those systems.
Must be able to work effectively as part of a team, assist that team to achieve its deadlines and participate in pro-active community engagement activities organised by the Unit.

Must be able to carry out routine clerical and general administrative tasks and to work to prescribed procedures.

Must be committed to good customer service, be able to deal with customers who may be agitated and have respect for the diverse community served by Bedford Borough Council.

Must be reliable and punctual, understanding the unique timetable of elections and electoral registration during the year.

Must be able to demonstrate an adaptable and flexible approach to work including working extended hours and weekends prior to an election and during a similar period during the household canvass period each autumn time. In the pre-election period some late night working may be required.

Wages

£7.83 per hour (if 25 and over)
£7.38 per hour (if aged 21 - 24 years)
£5.90 per hour (if aged 18 – 20 years)
£4.20 per hour (if under 18 years but above the compulsory school age)
Number of Positions Available : 1
Working Week : 37 hrs p/w office hours
Salary : £155.40 Per Week
Application Deadline Date : 16/12/2018
Possible Start Date : 21/01/2019
Personal Qualities : Demonstrate enthusiasm to learn and develop in the apprentice role.

Must be reliable and punctual, understanding the unique timetable of elections and electoral registration during the year.

Must be able to demonstrate an adaptable and flexible approach to work including working extended hours and weekends prior to an election and during a similar period during the household canvass period each autumn time.

In the pre-election period some late night working may be required.
Skills Required : Good verbal and written communication skills and good numeracy and data analysis skills.

Must be computer literate with ability to input and extract data accurately from those systems.

Must be able to work effectively as part of a team, assist that team to achieve its deadlines and participate in pro-active community engagement activities organised by the Unit.

Must be able to carry out routine clerical and general administrative tasks and to work to prescribed procedures.

Must be committed to good customer service, be able to deal with customers who may be agitated and have respect for the diverse community served by Bedford Borough Council.
Future Prospects : As part of the apprenticeship there could be the opportunity for a secondment to work with an expanding company who develop computer software to key services in the public sector including Democratic Services.

The successful candidate will be supported with career advice to enable them to apply for permanent vacancies within the Council.
Training to be Provided : Full support to become a valuable and knowledgeable member of the team.

All staff have access to continuing professional development.

You will gain the following qualifications:
Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship

Plus…
•Functional Skills in English and Maths
•Functional Skills in ICT

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:
•IT
•Record and document production
•Decision making
•Planning and organisation
•Project management
•Policies
•Relevant regulations
•Stakeholders
•Processes and external environment factors.
Other Information : Wages

£7.83 per hour (if 25 and over)
£7.38 per hour (if aged 21 - 24 years)
£5.90 per hour (if aged 18 – 20 years)
£4.20 per hour (if under 18 years but above the compulsory school age)

Candidates must attend an initial interview with a member of the Bedford College Apprenticeship Recruitment Team and complete an online maths and English test which will be sent out prior to your initial interview if you meet the entry criteria. Please note this is part of the recruitment process and must be completed in order for your application to be progressed to the next stage.
Things to consider : Busy office environment.

In the pre-election period some late night working may be required.
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