Strategy and Partnerships Inclusion Apprentice

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Job title:

Strategy and Partnerships Inclusion Apprentice


The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Job description

Strategy and Partnerships Inclusion ApprenticeEmployerKingston CouncilLocation(s)KingstonContract TypeApprenticeshipLength of Employment / Contract End Date18 monthsWorking HoursFull TimeGradeApprenticeHours Per Week36Salary Range£24,684 (London Living Wage)Salary BasisPer annumLeave Entitlement24 daysApprenticeship Duration18 MonthsApplication Deadline10/06/2024, 23:55Anticipated Interview Date(s)26 June 2024Apprenticeship StandardPolicy OfficerApprenticeship Standard – More Details.About the BoroughThis special place in South West London between the capital and the country has been a Royal borough longer than anywhere else – it is where the first kings of England were crowned.Today it is a vibrant and diverse borough, with a long history and strong cultural and community heritage. Kingston’s riverside location, fantastic retail offer, historic market place and church, parks and gardens all make Kingston town centre the vibrant space it is, and each of our district town centres (Surbiton, New Malden, Tolworth and Chessington) have something unique to offer.Situated in Zone 6, Kingston is among the best-connected town centres in London – with direct train links from Kingston and Surbiton stations to Clapham Junction and London Waterloo, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground and Tramlink.Kingston’s people are innovative and entrepreneurial, and have a strong sense of community pride. The borough has been home to great industry and creativity for many years, reflected in assets such as the Rose Theatre, the International Youth Arts Festival and Kingston University, which boasts more new graduate business start-ups than any other.We have seen tremendous generosity and compassion within our communities, particularly in response to COVID-19, which is a demonstration of Kingston’s key strength. The council offers a strong level of support to vulnerable groups and those who need additional support, which has also increased significantly as a result of the pandemic. Like most places, the average age of our population is rising as more people are living longer, so we are working closely with residents to help them maintain their independence and further improve the cost effectiveness of our service to meet the ongoing rise in demand.Kingston is home to people from diverse and interesting cultures and backgrounds, which helps to create the rich sense of community shared across the borough. In particular, Kingston has a large Sri Lankan Tamil community and is home to more people from Korea than any other part of the UK.About the RoleWe have a new and exciting apprenticeship opportunity within our Strategy and Partnerships Inclusion Team. In this role you will be responsible for supporting the team to deliver a wide range of priorities with a specific focus on developing the new Inclusion Strategy.Kingston Council aims to be an exemplar in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).The current strategy ‘Inclusive Kingston 2021 -2025’ sets out four key objectives and along with the underpinning action plan, represents a real increase in ambition for Kingston, looking closely at the wider determinants of inequality in our borough and putting in place the framework for a truly “Inclusive Kingston”. The new inclusion strategy will be launched in 2025.The Strategy and Partnerships Inclusion Team works to ensure that equality sits at the heart of the council’s priorities. The team works across the Council on key corporate priorities and is committed to establishing strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.About UsWe are looking for a hard-working, motivated and enthusiastic person to join our apprenticeship scheme. We’re welcoming applications from those that show potential, determination and a drive to succeed. In return we can give you the opportunity to kick-start your career under the management of our skilled and experienced staff, whilst earning, learning and achieving a nationally recognised qualification at the same time.About YouWe’re seeking an apprentice who has keen interest in equality, diversity and inclusion and who is eager to expand their knowledge and skills in policy and strategy development as well as work closely with our diverse communities and partners in our Borough.You’ll have strong communication, attention to detail and good IT skills, alongside an enthusiasm for learning. You’ll be ready to embrace new challenges and demonstrate creativity. You will need to be committed to your own personal and professional development in order to meet the changing demands of the role.We offer a modern hybrid working environment which will allow you to work flexibly from multiple locations, with a requirement to work in Kingston for a minimum of 2 days per week. As a self-starter you will be adaptable and able to work as part of a team and confident to work independently without a high level of supervision.Please note, in order to qualify for apprenticeship funding and be considered for this post you must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a GCSE level C/equivalent in Maths and English and be able to present original qualification certificates
  • Hold a level 3 qualification
  • Have some work experience
  • Only apply for an apprenticeship unrelated to any qualifications they hold at the same or higher level than the apprenticeship they wish to apply for. The apprenticeship being applied for must be unrelated in subject and content from the qualification already held.
  • Not be enrolled on another funded apprenticeship or another funded further education or higher education programme at the time you start your new apprenticeship.
  • Have the right to work and study in England and be one of the following:
  • A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or have the right to abode in the UK and have been resident in the EEA for at least the previous three years on the first day of your apprenticeship.
  • A non-EEA citizen with permission from the UK government to live in the UK, (not for educational purposes) and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of learning.

Our Offer To YouOur apprenticeships are offered on a minimum contract duration of 12 months (some are longer depending on the level of apprenticeship you undertake), offer 23 days paid annual leave, access to our online staff benefits portal (including discounts at local and national shops, restaurants and attractions), the opportunity to undertake 3 volunteering days per year in Kingston, and a minimum starting salary of £22,432 per annum. We operate hybrid working, a flexible working model which allows staff to work from a variety of locations and staff are not required to work within the office 5 days a week. It enables staff to achieve a work life balance whilst still meeting the needs of the organisation.In addition there are further discounts available to apprentices and more information can be found at the andWe’re extremely proud of our apprenticeship scheme and the achievements of our apprentices, many of whom have secured permanent employment with the Council and continue to excel in their careers.Application ProcessPlease apply online outlining what skills, abilities and experience you can bring which makes you an ideal candidate for this role and for our apprenticeship scheme. Please ensure you refer to the requirements outlined in the job profile when completing your application.We are committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) so all personal information that can identify job applicants e.g. name, title etc is completely anonymised during the shortlisting process. Our hiring managers review applications based on the knowledge, skills and experience demonstrated in your application, and how well these match the job profile. Our HR Shared Service with Sutton Council was recently recognised nationally for having the ‘Best Inclusion and Diversity Programme’ at the PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards 2023, something that we’re incredibly proud of.Hiring managers are encouraged to ensure that their interview panel is diverse, and representative of a range of protected characteristics, to help remove unconscious bias and ensure candidates are treated fairly during the selection process. Some characteristics may not be obvious, but our panels are diverse wherever possible. We have a number of measures in place to inform and support our approach, including mandatory EDI and unconscious bias training for all staff, safer recruitment training for diverse panel members, engaging with our staff networks and encouraging allyship. We are fully committed to removing barriers and enhancing the diversity of our workforce.The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.More information about apprenticeships can be found on theAdditional InformationWe are proud to be a diverse and welcoming Borough. Our aim is to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve, and staff feel a sense of belonging. We celebrate and respect differences and appreciate the value of having a diverse workforce. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, and disabled candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.As a Disability Confident employer, we are committed to thinking differently about disability and taking action to improve how we recruit, retain and develop disabled people. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria for a role.We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.We are an accredited London Living Wage Employer and this means that everyone working at the Royal Borough of Kingston, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers receive the London Living Wage. The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living.The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the

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£24684 per year


Kingston upon Thames

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Wed, 22 May 2024 06:36:44 GMT

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