Guaranteed Interview Schemes
We are a Disability Confident employer, committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job.
We also commit to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the requirements of the role for which they are applying.
These six-month placements are for 16-24-year-olds receiving universal credit. You’ll work 25 hours a week with us, earn the national minimum wage and benefit from excellent training, support and networks to help you settle in. We’ll also work with you to get you job-ready before you start.
We offer a range of apprenticeship opportunities from Level 2 to 7, covering Accounting, Business Administration, Customer Service, Education, HR, Leadership, Marketing and Payroll, to name just a few. Apprenticeships are a great way to start your career or to change your career and learn something new. Earning and learning at the same time, it doesn’t get better than this.
For more information on apprenticeships visit: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
As well as standard apprenticeship programmes, we also offer inclusive apprenticeships. If you have had an Education Health Care Plan, LDA statement or previous statement of need, this could be for you. The length of the programme and hours you work each week can be flexible to meet your particular needs and the Institute of Apprenticeships ensures end-point assessments are reasonably adjusted as required.
If you’re a year 10 or 12 student, then our 1 week unpaid programme is a great first step into the world of work. You’ll spend the time with us in your last school term – usually July – joining a real team, doing real work, completing a mini-project and learning all about what the Council does. (You’ll be surprised, we promise you!)
At Essex County Council, we’re very aware of the unique contribution young people with autism can make to our organisation. If you’re aged 18 to 24, one of these 8-week paid internships could be a great opportunity. We’ll support you before you join, give your manager training from Genius Within, and provide 16 weeks’ support from Ambitious About Autism after the programme ends.
Our Finance and Procurement Graduate Schemes are now open for applications! Find out more here.
We offer a variety of graduate programmes within Finance and Procurement. Two to three years in length, these programmes offer great experience, the chance to work with hugely experienced colleagues and high-calibre training, as well as a recognised qualification in your chosen discipline. They are designed to fast-track you into management positions once you’ve completed graduate programme.
We offer a range of internship opportunities throughout the year within our teams such as Active Travel, Finance, Procurement, Research, Insight and Innovation, Housing, Policy and lots more. The internships are from 8 weeks in length and give graduates the opportunity to develop their knowledge within a working environment.
Return to Work Programmes
If you’re looking to return to the world of work, after a career break, these programmes can be spot on. Throughout, we’ll provide excellent training, support and coaching to make your move the most enjoyable and productive as possible
Our Traineeships are skills development programmes that includes a work experience element, as well as one day per week upskilling with functional skills. Traineeships last from 12 weeks to 6 months and are designed to help 16 – 24-year-olds, or 25-year-olds with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), to get ready for an apprenticeship or first job