Colchester Borough Council

Planning and Enforcement Administrator Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Colchester Borough Council (Employer)

Tendring District Council (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £177.97 to £351.50
37.0 hours per week Monday – Friday, times to be confirmed.
21 months (duration)
4 July 2022(start date)
Business administrator (apprenticeship standard)
3 June 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an exciting and vibrant public sector organisation. Colchester Borough Council is looking for a dynamic, motivated and committed individual to work within our Planning and Enforcement Team.


This is a fantastic opportunity to join an exciting and vibrant public sector organisation. Colchester Borough Council is looking for a dynamic, motivated and committed individual to work within our Planning and Enforcement Team. The successful candidate will provide business administration support to the Development Management Team and Planning Enforcement Team on live planning cases, planning appeals and planning enforcement investigations.

You will earn while you learn to develop the right skills, knowledge and experience you need to get your career started and give you an advantage in the workplace. Our apprenticeships are supported from start to finish with opportunities to get involved in project work, job shadowing, join our mentoring and buddying schemes, as well as taking part in workshops and master classes. Giving you an insight into the wide range of career opportunities that local government has to offer.

Responsibilities will include:

  • To contribute personally towards the achievement of the Council’s three Core Goals and culture as defined by CBC’s organisational attitudes and behaviours
  • Provide day to day administrative support to the Planning Enforcement (PE) Team in the delivery of their active caseload of investigations
  • To learn how the English planning system works and develop an understanding of the role and processes of a Local Planning Authority
  • To learn how to collate the necessary information required to successfully serve statutory notices and prosecutions in line with the relevant statutory provisions
  • To learn how to cross check documentation from planning reports and the website with planning decision notices and planning law for example approved plan numbers, prior to confirming whether a breach has occurred
  • To learn how to investigate the planning history of a given site and present that information to the planners in a chronological report format
  • To visit sites to record their condition and key points of interest and post and photograph site notices on behalf of the Enforcement team
  • To support the team to assess complaints made by the public and provide a short bullet point summary of them
  • To learn about and assess schemes against the General Permitted Development Order (2015) to understand what needs planning permission and present findings to the DM/PE Team
  • To learn about and potentially deal with retrospective Householder applications and advertisement consent applications relating to known breaches

Future Prospects

Colchester Borough Council employs staff carrying out a wide range of roles at all levels. Opportunities are available regularly and the successful candidate will be able to apply for opportunity on completion of their apprenticeship.

Reality Check

Ability to travel to meetings around the borough?

Work based at home and the office (Equipment can be provided).

Driving Licence is desired.

Skills Required

  • Competent in Microsoft Office365 applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Great IT skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of Data Protection and handling of sensitive information
  • Experience of working with data and numerical calculations
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good timekeeping skills
  • Excellent communication skills

Qualities Required

  • Committed
  • Hard working
  • Enthusiastic
  • Motivated
  • Team player
  • To be able to prioritise workloads
  • Have attention to detail and accuracy
  • The ability to use own initiative
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Positive attitude
  • An interest in Human Geography and Built Environment

Qualifications Required

GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in maths and English are essential for this apprenticeship.

Training Provided

Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard at Level 3.

The Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard at Level 3 combines the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the standard and includes Functional Skills in maths and English. 

Delivery will be in the workplace with an assessor or coach through a combination of assessing, coaching, training and mentoring.

The minimum duration on the apprenticeship is 12-18 months, with an additional 3 months for an externally assessed end point assessment.  A maximum total of 21 months plus functional skills if required.

Further information on the standard can be viewed here:

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