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Policy Planning Assistant Apprenticeship

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/5146/19575
  • Published: Wed 08/12/2021, 15:57 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 31/01/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £18,013 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Woking

The starting salary for this position is £18,013 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.

This is an intermediate level 4 apprenticeship role within our Planning Service at Surrey County Council aimed at bringing new talent into the organisation and offering a career development opportunity to someone in our community. The role itself is a 3-year fixed term contract with Surrey County Council. However, the position also offers qualification as a Town Planning Assistant via the apprenticeship course at Chichester College.

The Team

The Planning Service at Surrey County Council is responsible for a broad range of statutory and non-statutory functions. A key function of the service is to deliver the Council’s statutory development management responsibilities in relation to minerals and waste planning applications, and planning applications for the County’s own development. We are also responsible for maintaining and enforcing planning control in relation to minerals and waste management development.

This apprenticeship will sit within the Planning Policy Team who are responsible for devising and maintaining the planning policy framework; supporting minerals and waste management development undertaken in the County. This also includes plan-making and associated monitoring and review functions.

Our Working Environment

The Planning Policy Team can be described as a forward thinking, youthful and dynamic team to work in. This position will offer a flexible working arrangement including both office-based and home working. There will also be opportunities to attend various site visits and additional training/support will be provided. 

The Role

This is an exciting role for someone who is looking for an opportunity to learn and develop within a supportive environment. You will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of different projects and work areas, which will include:

  • Supporting the work of the council by contributing to the delivery of services and projects, allocated and supported by a supervising manager 
  • Learning the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the role
  • Providing support to the Planning Policy Team in their day-to-day work
  • Contributing to Local Plan development
  • Assisting and contributing to the production and publication of annual monitoring documents, and work relating to annual monitoring surveys
  • Providing ICT support to the planning policy team
  • Assisting with the creation and updating of the Minerals and Waste Policy Team web pages and to helping manage interactive elements of the website
  • To study the Town Planning Assistant apprenticeship standard at Chichester College. This will be through ‘block release’ which allows for a whole week of study (Monday-Friday) on a monthly basis. In addition, each week on a Wednesday there will be live lessons/online tutorials which you will need to attend

We want to provide an environment where you can develop and grow in the role. So, just as importantly as the work you do, is how you do it! Our hope is that throughout your apprenticeship you’ll: 

  • Through personal example, uphold and promote the aims of the council’s equality and diversity policies
  • Carry out the role with enthusiasm, integrity and professionalism 
  • Develop a working knowledge of Surrey’s policies and procedures, in line with the requirements of the Apprenticeship standard 
  • Work both independently and closely with other team members 

To be shortlisted for interview for this role, your CV and personal statement should evidence the following: 

  • Ability to work towards and achieve a level 4 apprenticeship
  • Educated to A level (or equivalent)
  • GCSE 9-4/A*-C in Maths and English (or equivalent), BTEC or Level 3 apprenticeship
  • Some previous experience of a work place environment

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information, please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

This advert closes at 23:59 on 31st January 2022 with interviews to follow.

Contact Information

For an informal discussion please contact Ibrahim Mustafa via email at: Ibrahim.mustafa@surreycc.gov.uk

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/5146/19575
  • Published: Wed 08/12/2021, 15:57 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 31/01/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £18,013 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Woking

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