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Getting you into the public sector and on to a compassionate career!

September 2018 – March 2019

Wigan Council, Bridgewater Community Healthcare, NHS Foundation Trust, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Hospitals and North West Boroughs Health Care Partnership Foundation have been working in partnership with Wigan & Leigh College to provide an exclusive new programme for 16 to 24 year olds wishing to gain employment in the public sector.

How will the trainee programme work?

The programme will be a combination of online learning, classroom based sessions and mentoring on placement.

What will I learn and will I gain any qualifications?

Whilst on placement you will gain invaluable experience of working in the public sector. This may either be in administration or health and social care depending on the available placement. You will also have the opportunity to gain the following qualifications:

When will the programme start and how long will it last?

The programme will run from the 17th September 2018 until March 2019 however this can be completed sooner once all the requirements of the programme have been successfully met.


What days will I be required to attend?

You will attend college two days per week (Monday & Tuesday) and will undertake a placement during this six month period, within your chosen organisation, for up to 14 weeks (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday). You must complete at least 100 hours within your placement to be considered for an apprenticeship.

Am I eligible to apply to become a public sector trainee?

Criteria required:

  • You must be aged 16 to 24.
  • You must work 16 hours or less; have little or no work experience and be focused on work or the prospect of it.
  • Qualifications are not required. You can apply if you possess qualifications that are no higher than Level 2.
  • You must be ready to work towards employment or an apprenticeship.

How do I apply?

An open day will take place at Wigan & Leigh College on 29th August 2018 at 10:00am where you will have the opportunity to find out more about this exciting programme and about employment opportunities for young people at Wigan Council and a range of other employers.