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West Suffolk Council

Bury St Edmunds, & Mildenhall, Suffolk

About us

West Suffolk Council is an extremely ambitious and dynamic local authority with a workforce of over 700 employees. We provide healthy, safe and vibrant places to live and work. Few other employers play such a pivotal role in the community. That's a great responsibility but also very rewarding and something that really makes a difference.

Like many councils our priorities are around growth, homes and families and communities. We have huge ambitions around making this area even more prosperous, creating jobs, building homes, ageing well - but again, so do many councils. What makes us stand out and makes us an exciting place to work is the sheer scale of the projects we are running.

As part of our commercial agenda, which is all about making up the gap in Government funding by creating our own income (rather than cutting services), we have:

  • invested in a huge solar farm (twice the size of other council owned facilities) to generate revenue and provide cheaper electricity to communities
  • created a housing company to building our own homes for rent and sale
  • and progressed the Mildenhall Hub project which will bring education, leisure, health, police, council and other services together on to a single site, which we believe is a first in the country.

So far from any preconceptions you may have, West Suffolk Council is a forwarding thinking and innovative place to work offering a range of career opportunities. If you embrace change and the opportunities it can bring then we can offer you a fascinating, challenging and always interesting workplace.

Main Offices - West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3YU

Mildenhall Hub, Sheldrick Way, Mildenhall, IP28 7JX

What we do

Our services include:

  • Elections - our democratic nature is what makes us different, and we organise and run all the elections in West Suffolk, as well as making sure that everyone eligible is able to vote through electoral registration.
  • Leisure and Heritage Management - with our fantastic parks and natural leisure spaces, museums, heritage centres, and the Apex venue.
  • Housing - providing decent homes for our communities through building and adapting; maintaining the housing needs register and preventing homelessness.
  • Planning - working with our communities to plan where jobs and homes will go, deciding planning applications, and providing building control, design and conservation services.
  • Economic Development and Growth - attracting jobs and infrastructure funding to West Suffolk, developing skills needed in the workforce and ensuring the health of our high streets and market towns.
  • Environmental Services - collection and recycling waste, cleaning our streets, and landscaping and maintaining public spaces.
  • Families and Communities - working with communities to achieve their aspirations through things like funding, arts and sports development.
  • Environmental Health - including environmental management and protection, dealing with energy, pollution, nuisance and registration and inspection of food establishments.
  • Licensing - helps to control the sale and supply of alcohol, regulated entertainment, late night refreshment, gambling, taxi and private hire services, small lotteries, charitable collections and much more.
  • Anglia Revenues Partnership (ARP) - http://www.angliarevenues.gov.uk/

Core professional services help the above teams to do their jobs, and include Human Resources, Finance, Legal, ICT, Policy and Property Services.

Apprenticeships - Get in and get on with West Suffolk

Ian Gallin- Chief Executive

"As chief executive of West Suffolk Council, I am a passionate believer in apprentices - I started my career as one.

Apprenticeships are about developing your key skills. Our Council, has  a strong track record for developing apprentices and an award winning scheme. You will earn as you learn and boost your career progression, whether you stay in the public sector or not.

Starting as an apprentice was a kick start to my career. That valuable experience gave me a significant advantage in gaining my first job. An apprenticeship with us could do the same for you."

Case Studies

Abbie Silverwood - Trainee HR, Payroll and Learning & Development Business Support

Bradley Farthing-Kiff - Trainee Business Administrator 

Carmen Spittle - Trainee HR, Payroll and Learning & Development Business Support

Charlotte Fuller - Trainee Health and Safety Advisor

Emily Smithers - Housing Business Support Apprentice 

Oliver Bingham - Paralegal Apprentice 

Ryan Masterson - Building Control Apprentice 

More Information

West Suffolk Apprentice Website: Go to our website and see videos and stories of other apprentices who have worked and progressed with us and see how an apprenticeship with West Suffolk could be your route to success.

Current Job Vacancies: See what we have to offer and our current apprentice vacancies.

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