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Apprenticeship and graduate programme


The range of roles we have means that you can shape your own career. Become the best at what you do, develop your strengths and motivation or explore other areas within the Council. We will support you to grow into who you want to be.

There is an apprenticeship for everyone. Whether this is your first steps on the career ladder, want to update your skills or want a career change.

We offer places in a number of professions that include:

  • Social work.
  • ICT.
  • Marketing.
  • Housing.
  • Finance.
  • Customer service.
  • Vehicle maintenance;
  • and many more.

Every apprenticeship we offer will provide you with the knowledge and skills to progress your career with us. We will invest in your development and get you ready for your next role by the time you finish.

We work with excellent apprenticeship providers to support your learning. There are four levels: intermediate, advanced, higher and degree. They all involve a work-based learning programme and lead to nationally recognised qualifications.

  • Intermediate. Level 2, equivalent to GCSE.
  • Advanced. Level 3, equivalent to 'A' level.
  • Higher. Level 4 and above.
  • Degree. Gain a university degree while you work (level 6 or above).

We have three recruitment drives each year (February, June and October).

When available, our apprenticeships are listed on:

Graduate Programmes

These give you the chance to gain a breadth of knowledge the Council.

We have many teams and disciplines, you will access some of the most experienced professionals in the sector. The learning and development you gain will help you secure further employment with us.

We look for candidates who:

  • Can develop effective relationships with colleagues and customers.
  • Can act on their own initiative and take ownership for decisions to achieve results.
  • Have a good grasp of own strengths with a commitment to improvement.
  • Show a clear and reasoned interest to work in local government.
  • Strive for excellence and can work to a high standard.
  • Can innovate and create.

We need people with ambition, a drive for success and who will help us continue to give high quality services.

Our graduate posts are listed on our job page and shared with local universities.

National Graduate Development Programme

Are you a graduate who is passionate about making a positive contribution to your community? Do you want to fast track into a leadership or management career in local government? If so, join the National Graduate Development Programme with Calderdale Council.

The National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) is a two-year graduate management development programme, run by the Local Government Association (LGA). You are provided with a fully funded learning and development programme, including residential and virtual workshops. You will work towards a Level 7 Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualification.

During your time at Calderdale Council, you will work on high-profile projects across services. You will improve the lives of residents while building a strong professional network.

Individuals can apply for this programme in Autumn through the LGA website. They will start with their chosen organisation the following year.