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Environmental Health Officer Trainee - Regulatory Services

  • Employer: Brent Council
  • Reference: BC/24/272165
  • Published: Mon 01/07/2024, 13:17 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 21/07/2024, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £24,616.80
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0FJ, Brent

Get ahead with an Environmental Health Practitioner degree at Brent Council 

Brent Council is committed to the continued expansion and development of all apprenticeship programmes for our residents. Our apprenticeship schemes at Brent are just one of the ways we grow our own talent within the borough. We work hard to represent our community and are looking for likeminded people to join us. Working in Wembley Park, alongside our neighbours Wembley stadium, Wembley arena, Box Park and LDO, makes Brent an exciting location to work.

There is no age limit on an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship can be used for people starting out on their work life journey at the age of 16 or those changing a career for a different working life. 
At Brent we will be pay you a LLW salary, whilst you train and attend university. 

Brief description of the role

This is a four-year apprenticeship training programme to become an Environmental Health Practitioner gaining a BSc in Environmental Health, after which you will be encouraged to join the Service as an Environmental Health Practitioner. It is a unique opportunity to earn while you learn, and we welcome an enthusiastic, dedicated team members committed to studying towards a degree level.

Whilst you are training you will assist and support Regulatory Services working alongside experienced officers in the gathering, processing and evaluating information and evidence through desktop investigations, site visits and practical field support to the Environmental Health Practitioners (EHP) and other officers as necessary.

You will also be working with the community, with local businesses and member of the public developing your knowledge and skills, carrying out a range of inspections and providing education on food safety and standards, health and safety, licensing, public health, environmental protection, pest control and much more.

Building on the taught knowledge of the degree, you will develop the practical skills of an EHP, while learning from and supporting experienced professionals. Upon successful completion of the four-year degree programme, you would have the opportunity to gain professional status as an EHP.

As part of the apprenticeship package, the degree tuition fees are fully funded by London Borough of Brent, meaning you will not require a tuition fee loan. You will also earn a salary while you study.

In exchange for your expertise, experience, and enthusiasm, we will offer support in continuing your personal and career development, in addition to providing a wide range of employment linked benefits.

Key functionalities

  • To follow an agreed development programme with the aim of gaining comprehensive work experience in the broad areas of Environmental Health.
  • To undertake training duties as specified, which in general will include such matters as undertaking projects, carrying out inspections/investigations, preparing formal notices/documentation, writing reports, and preparing cases for prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court and attending court as a witness in line with our enforcement policy.
  • Assist officers with and progress to undertake independently, proactive inspections, compliance visits, investigations and interventions, as directed by other officers.
  • As knowledge and competence develops, undertake a case load of reactive work, including responding to and investigating complaints, as well as proactive project work and educational activities where required.
  • Organising and managing own workload within corporate priorities and agreed personal objectives.
  • The post holder could expect to work outside of normal working hours. This may include on occasions working evenings and weekends as required

The Person

We are looking for someone who is ambitious, keen to learn, interested in the subject area and with the commitment to see it through. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and organised, demonstrate good communication skills, with excellent time management skills. Have a flexible and positive approach to work alongside an interest in developing a career in environmental health within the Regulatory Services team.

You will also need to show your interest in local government and the delivery of public services.

It will be a condition of any employment offer that you are accepted onto the degree programme at Middlesex University. Support will be provided to liaise with the university for the application.

Qualifications required

  • GCSE Maths & English Grade C or level 4 and above.
  • At least one A level in a science or technology subject drawn from Chemistry, Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Nutrition, Food Science or similar.
  • Relevant or prior experiential learning may also be considered as an alternative.
  • Good IT skills including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is desirable.
  • Hold a full UK driving licence.

Please do not apply if you do not have the qualifications listed as your application will not be considered. Prospective apprentices will be required to pass the university selection criteria and interview process, prior to a job offer.

The apprenticeship

Below is a link to the Apprenticeship Standard that you will be working towards:

Simultaneously undertaking a comprehensive study programme towards the Level 6-degree apprenticeship.  You will gain valuable knowledge and skills which will be an asset to the council and your career. Our apprenticeship scheme offers significant assistance with training and provides the opportunity to improve skills for future career opportunities. The training for this role will be delivered by Middlesex University.
Closing date: 21 July 2024 (23:59)

Additional Information 

If you are interested in applying for this job, please start by clicking the "Apply Now" button below. You must provide a supporting statement as part of your application that clearly shows how you meet the criteria on the Person Specification. We will accept a CV in support of your application, however, you should still provide a supporting statement.

Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.

We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants should be aware that posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.
The information we collect from you will be shared with Cifas who will use it to prevent fraud, other unlawful or dishonest conduct, malpractice, and other seriously improper conduct. Further details of how your information will be used by us and Cifas and your data protection rights, can be found here.
Brent has a positive approach to flexible working.
As a disability confident employer Brent welcomes applications from people with all disabilities, including “non-visible” disabilities and mental health conditions. We will interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential criteria. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to any part of the recruitment process due to your disability, please contact us on recruitment@brent.gov.uk 
  • Employer: Brent Council
  • Reference: BC/24/272165
  • Published: Mon 01/07/2024, 13:17 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 21/07/2024, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £24,616.80
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0FJ, Brent

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