Apprenticeships are an exciting way to develop your career. At Southampton City Council we’re keen to invest in people, apprentices are a valuable part of our workforce and the future of the council.

As an apprentice you’ll be receiving practical and professional training right from the start. Working alongside experienced colleagues who will supervise your development and a dedicated mentor providing support and guidance throughout your training. You will have regular reviews with your manager and tutor so you know how you are doing and can gain support with any activities to help you progress.

An apprenticeship is a real job, with real responsibilities and along with a competitive salary an apprenticeship will provide you with many benefits including;

  • Paid time off for holidays and a pension scheme
  • A career path so you can progress to the next level
  • On and off the job training
  • The achievement of a nationally recognised qualification while you work.

At Southampton City Council we are committed to paying Foundation Living Wage as a minimum and we believe apprentices should also be paid fairly. Your salary as an apprentice will be £18,562 annually and may increase in line with any national rise in Foundation Living Wage.

Although we can’t guarantee you a permanent job at the end of your apprenticeship, we will support you to apply for other roles within the council, and help make sure you are ready for a wider job search with support from our Employment Skills team.

We are looking for a confident and conscientious individual to undertake the role of Apprentice Quality Practitioner within our Virtual School.

You must be able to show empathy whilst remaining professional at all times with good verbal and written communication skills.

Throughout the apprenticeship, the individual will learn how to imbed quality controls in to policies and processes and will be able to implement this learning in the workplace when amending existing and creating new processes for the Virtual School.

They will work closely with the Virtual School Headteacher and be responsible for undertaking internal and external evaluations and surveys and suggest changes on the back of identifying key findings.

If you feel you have the necessary background, experience and skills to undertake this role we would like to hear from you.

Please see the job description for more information.

Contact details for informal discussion:

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Maria Anderson on 07721109951 or

Additional information:

  • Please note this role is a fixed term 17 month apprenticeship
  • This is a 37 hours a week position commencing in July 2021
  • This post is subject to a Standard criminal records check.
  • For any posts that require a DBS check, if you have lived outside the UK within the last 5 years, you will be required to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct or a police certificate from the country/countries you have resided in. Kindly note that this is at the expense of the candidate, as well as any costs involved for translating into English.
  • Please note the salary quoted is based on full time hours (37 hours).

Interviews are provisionally scheduled for 16th June 2021

To be considered for this post please submit an online application through our website: or click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button below.

The supporting statement section of the application form must be completed, unless there are specific criteria questions for you to evidence against. Applications are shortlisted against the essential and desirable criteria found within the job description for the post. Please refer to the job description when completing your application form and evidence how you meet the required criteria/questions. A CV on its own will not be considered.

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