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Apprenticeships, Student and Graduate Programmes

At Plymouth City Council we're committed to attracting, developing and retaining talent. We've made the top 100 apprenticeship employer list three years in a row, were the overall winner in 2017 and achieved shortlisted finalist in 2018.


What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training which allows you to earn while you learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with the potential to gain full time employment or progression to a higher level apprenticeship after you have completed your qualification.

We regularly have exciting apprenticeship opportunities in different departments across the Council.  Most apprenticeships usually start at NVQ2, although in some cases the apprenticeship can be extended to cover NVQ3 and NVQ4.

Entry requirements

To apply for an apprenticeship, you will need to...

  • Be over the age of 16
  • Have GCSEs grades 4-9 (formerly A*-C) in English and Mathematics, or equivalent
  • Be a good team player, motivated, trustworthy, reliable and dedicated.

You will be supported throughout your apprenticeship in a friendly, supportive and professional environment whilst receiving a competitive rate of pay. Some of these posts may be subject to Disclosure and Barring checks.

To apply for an apprenticeship vacancy please use our recruitment portal.

You’ll be able to apply for our vacancies, or you can set up a vacancy alert to receive a notification to your email address each time a new apprenticeship vacancy is posted.


If any of the statements below apply, please contact us at

  • You are in full time education or you have already completed a similar apprenticeship
  • You have a university degree
  • You are aged over 24.

If you have any queries about our Apprenticeship programme, please contact the team on or call 01752 398115.

Student and Graduate programmes

At Plymouth City Council we're committed to attracting, developing and retaining talent. As well as our award winning apprenticeship scheme we also offer opportunities for graduate placements across the council.  If you'd like to find out more please sign up for vacancy alerts on our recruitment portal, where all future graduate placements and apprenticeships will be advertised.

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