If you are 16 or over you can apply to become an apprentice whether you are unemployed, leaving school or already in work and wanting to start a new career. Apprenticeships can offer a real alternative to Higher Education and without the fees, so what are you waiting for?

West Lancashire Borough Council is ambitious for its businesses, its places and its people. This includes offering a number of apprenticeships each year. We provide many opportunities for our apprentices to kick start their careers and earn as they learn. We don't pay the apprenticeship rate of pay as we want to ensure that all our employees earn at least the National minimum wage.

Rates from 1 April 2019



Under 18s



Ages 18-20



Ages 21 to 24



Ages 25 and over




We also advertise our vacancies through the National Apprenticeship Service (external link) and other sources such as colleges. You will soon be able to register for alerts for our apprenticeship vacancies - so watch this space!

For more information about apprenticeships and other apprenticeship vacancies visit the website (external link).



When we recruit apprentices we look for people who are team players, enthusiastic and have a flexible approach to work. We also look for people who will represent the council's values:-

  • Enterprising 
  • Inclusive 
  • Promoting equality in every aspect of their work 
  • One council approach
  • Caring As a caring employer we value our staff and invest in training, providing trainer-led courses, e-learning and other opportunities for development. As an apprentice you will study for a recognised qualification which of course is funded by the council, spending at least 20% of your time on training, and you will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in the workplace and learn from others.  
  • Your personal qualities are more important than your experience as that is what an apprenticeship is about.

Don’t just take our word for it though, meet a current apprentice and two others who have been through the apprenticeship journey with us and hear what they have to say about the benefits of working for the council.  


Find out more about the apprenticeship journey


Our Apprenticeship Journey