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Apprentice Occupational Therapist - Ipswich and East - Community based



15th May 2024

Employer description

Suffolk County Council is the administrative authority for the county of Suffolk, England. It is run by 75 elected county councillors representing 63 divisions. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.

Main description

Join our Apprenticeship programme where you will study for a fully funded degree alongside working for Suffolk County Council as an Apprentice Occupational Therapist.

Over the 2-year programme you will gain core skills and knowledge by working in Adult Social Care alongside a programme of study at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

  • Do you want to train to become a registered Occupational Therapist?
  • Are you looking for a work- based route with a fully funded degree and paid salary?
  • Do you have demonstrable Occupational Therapy knowledge and at least 12 months experience?

We’re big believers in potential, possibility and the power of different ideas. We’re always searching for ways to encourage, respect and enable everyone to be the best they can be.

We aim to include all communities we serve in our representation.

We welcome apprenticeship applications from all ages and backgrounds. There's no upper age limit - it's never too late to start developing new skills.

We want to provide opportunities for anyone interested in launching or advancing their career.

Entry requirements

You must, as set out by the University of Essex, have: -

  • Completed a relevant foundation health degree or equivalent level 5 degree in the last 5 years which meets all the APEL requirements set out by the University of Essex (including completion of 75hrs of taster days and a 2-week placement) to enable you to start on programme in October 2024.
  • This could include the University of Essex OT (Occupational Therapy) Bridging Module.
  • Be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the apprenticeship programme
  • Have at least 12 months direct experience of working with adults with care and support needs
  • Have GCSE Mathematics and English or English Language at grade C/4 or above, or an approved equivalent such as level 2 functional skills.

Training to be provided

The apprenticeship programme includes:

  • Fully funded level 6 Occupational Therapy Degree Apprenticeship
  • Mixture of work based and academic learning
  • Protected time away from work to attend university and to study
  • A workplace mentor/ supervisor coaching and support provided

Read the Job and Person Profile 15042-Apprentice-Occupational-Therapist-JPP.docx (live.com) and the Apprenticeship Recruitment Brochure SCC Apprenticeship Recruitment Brochure - 2022 (pagetiger.com). They hold a range of information. 

Completing your apprenticeship does not guarantee a full-time permanent position. However, you will be guaranteed an interview for the role of a Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist should there be a vacancy available .

Travel and workplace requirements

This role is mainly based in the community; however, you may also have the opportunity to work from home occasionally and you will have an office base. Please speak with the contact detailed below if you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements. 

This role requires you to regularly travel to and from University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

You will also be required to undertake 3 full time practice placements (37hrs per week) in partner health and social care organisations within Suffolk (one 6-week, one 8-week, one 10-week placements over the duration of the programme).

For more information 

For an informal discussion, please contact Steffi Bickers (she/her) by calling 01473 260781 or emailing steff.bickers@suffolk.gov.uk

How to apply

Step 1: Please read the Job and Person Profile (docx)  before applying for this job opportunity.

Step 2: Please complete the Supporting Statement template https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=https%3A%2F%2Fsccrecruit.blob.core.windows.net%2Fassets%2FSCC%2FOther-Docs%2FSupportingStatementTemplate.docx&wdOrigin=BROWSELINK answering the following questions:

Question 1: Tell us why you want to be a qualified Occupational Therapist, including the experience, skills, knowledge, and personal qualities you feel you will bring to the role? (maximum 500 words)

  • Demonstrate the motivation and commitment you have to becoming an Occupational Therapist
  • Reflect on the range of experiences you have gained from work and your recent studies. 
  • Include any relevant personal experiences

Question 2: Tell us what the role of an Occupational Therapist means to you. (maximum 250 words)
Question 3: Describe a recent (within the past 12 months) challenging situation that you have faced at work with a service participant, in relation to Occupational Therapy, and explain how you dealt with/ responded to this at a practical and emotional level. (maximum 300 words)

Reflect on:

  • How you engaged with the service participant
  • What you learnt about yourself and your experience
  • What you might do differently in the future
    Question 4: What aspects of the Apprentice Occupational Therapist programme might be challenging for you and what strategies will you put in place to manage these? (maximum 300 words)

Step 3: Click ‘Apply Now’ to start your online application. Upload your supporting statement along with copies of all your original qualification certificates on the final page.

If you require any reasonable adjustments to the application process before the next selection stage, please contact our Recruitment Team by emailing recruitment@suffolk.gov.uk or calling (03456) 014412.  If you are invited to the next stage of selection, you will have another opportunity to request adjustments for the next stages of the process.

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 20/05/2024


£26,421 - £31,364


This job is located in Ipswich, Suffolk

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