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Public Health Trainee (Degree Level Apprenticeship) Ref: 50046981

County Hall and Agile Working

Grade 8 £24,745.00 to £27,515.00 per annum (As an apprentice 0.2WTE time is spent on taught time therefore pay is 0.8 WTE of the usual salary).

Contact: Please contact Eleanor Bell on 07772 454938 or for an informal conversation.

Vacancy Reference: 50046981

Closing Date: 13/07/2022

Contract Type: Fixed-Term

Hours: 37 per week


Does the opportunity to shape the health and wellbeing of those living on the Isle of Wight interest you?  

We are excited to offer the unique opportunity as the Island’s first Public Health Apprentice.

The post is a three-year degree apprenticeship with the University of the West of England with all teaching delivered online so you will be mainly based on the Island. From the outset, you will study alongside the job. You will play an active role supporting Public Health team members to implement and deliver health improvement programmes, support projects and deliver on aspects of the Public Health strategy.


What is Public Health?

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Our Public Health Team aim to improve the overall health of the people on the Island by understanding the impact of environmental, financial, and social circumstances on mental and physical health. Public health recognises the importance of prevention and supporting people to understand their own health and wellbeing. The team works collaboratively with a range of services to assess and address the health needs and inequalities of the Island, promote healthy living and develop strategies for health improvement. As a team we have responsibility for a number of services and topics including:

  • NHS Health Checks
  • Smoking Cessation and Weight Management Services
  • Sexual Health
  • Substance Misuse Service
  • 0-19 School Nurses and Health Visitors
  • Health Protection
  • Physical Activity
  • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
  • PEACH: Partnership for Education, Attainment and Children's Health (Health and wellbeing in Schools)

What will I do as a Public Health apprentice?

You will join the team on the Isle of Wight, who work in partnership with Hampshire County Council, to gain knowledge, skills and behaviours across the breadth of public health practice. Working alongside the degree course will expose you to the key health priorities on the Isle of Wight and influence your understanding of the wider determinants of health such as education, transport, and housing.

Within a typical day you may be required to:

  • Work and build relationships with a variety of people/ partners
  • Analyse and draw conclusion from data sets
  • Support the development and implementation of action plans
  • Present information and data to varied audiences
  • Understand and support contracts commissioned by the team
  • Support health protection work

Though work will predominantly be within the Public Health team you may also be offered placements with partner organisations or other teams in the council to expand your skills and knowledge. You will also benefit from Public Health continuing professional development opportunities that are offered to the whole team, corporate training and e-learning and networking with other apprentices in the Council and other Public Health Apprentices across the South East of England.

As a developing Public Health professional, you’ll aim to be aware of the latest developments in the field and you will help us to be innovative, ensuring local practice keeps up to date with best practice. By year three, you will understand the breadth of public health and be able to work at a population level utilising your critical thinking, analytical and appraisal skills to translate changes achieved by individuals and communities into health improvement across the community. You will become confident at contributing your ideas while consistently working to standard processes and working within your level of experience and expertise.

What does the degree course involve?

You can find out more about the course content on the link below:


Am I eligible and how do I apply?

We are looking for an individual with a strong interest in health and wellbeing to work within a team passionate about improving the lives of the Island’s residents. We seek a self-motivated, organised individual with excellent communication skills, a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and willingness to learn about the complexities of Public Health.

Applicants will have education qualifications meeting the university requirements including Maths and English GCSEs at a grade C or 4 or above, A-Levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications equal to or excelling 112 UCAS tariff points. Unfortunately, we cannot shortlist any one already qualified with a university degree.

Please refer to this job summary and the following document in making your application:



The role is full time; paid as 0.8 WTE as an apprentice. It is ‘career graded’ meaning that it starts as a grade 8 and on reaching a gateway of competence (approximately half-way through the course) you will be paid as a grade 9. You will need to pass a basic DBS which the council will carry out. Public Health is committed to workforce development and training and you will be supported in securing a permanent post after you have completed your apprenticeship.


Please contact Eleanor Reed on 07772 454938 or for an informal conversation. 

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour PolicyEmployee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 is available to new employees subject to qualifying criteria. Further details are available upon request.

Please view information pack and complete your job application online at Telephone 01983 823134 or email if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.  

Closing Date: 13/07/2022