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Penston House Macmerry Tranent, EH33 1EX
£18,709.92 - £21,904.01 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week

Vacancy Information

East Lothian Council is keen to continue its tradition of harnessing and developing the talent of young people in the local area and as such are looking to recruit apprentices in the following trade/discipline:

Apprentice Joiner - 2 positions available

This apprenticeship is restricted to applicants who currently live in the East Lothian area. There is no upper age limit but candidates must be at least 16 years of age on or before the 19th August 2024.

All candidates indicating in their application that they are from a care experienced background, or have a disability are guaranteed an interview IF they meet the minimum essential criteria required for the job (as specified on the Person Specification).

Applicants should be aware that they are only permitted to submit ONE application for ONE of the trade apprenticeships currently being advertised by East Lothian Council

Training position for 4 years.
Working hours are 37 per week: Monday - Thursday 08.00-16.00, Friday 08.00-15.30
At end of appointment period, East Lothian Council will seek to redeploy to relevant trade position, if available.

To start 19th August 2024

Salary over the 4 years is as follows (plus any pay awards):
Year 1 £18709.92 per annum (£9.70 per hour)
Year 2 £19349.15 per annum (£10.03 per hour)
Year 3 £20626.58 per annum (£10.69 per hour)
Year 4 £21904.01 per annum (£11.35 per hour)

Qualifications Criteria for Applicants
Candidates should have achieved, or be expected to achieve, three National 4 or 5 qualifications, which must include Maths, English and one other subject. Predicted grades will be accepted, however written verification of this will be sought from schools.

Please Note:
Information sheet and timetable indicating various stages of recruitment is available under 'Job Attachments'. PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND READ THESE CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING.  

Job Details

To be trained as an Apprentice Joiner carrying out maintenance work for domestic and public buildings owned by East Lothian Council.

This is a Positive Action Campaign!

East Lothian Council has a strong commitment to equality and diversity - both within the organisation and in the services we provide. Our aim is to promote and achieve a fully inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

We encourage applications from under-represented groups and we are proud to pursue a policy of ‘positive action’ in an attempt to achieve this. 

Whilst we encourage applications from all under-represented groups, we can clearly evidence that, within our Craft Apprenticeship programme, women in particular are under-represented.

The selection procedure itself is no different, and is based solely on merit. ‘Positive action’ does not seek to remove competition and East Lothian Council will always take the best applicants.  To reach the interview stage for any of our posts all applicants will be required to meet the minimum essential criteria for the job (as laid out in the Person Specification for the role).

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job. You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form. You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The East Lothian Way
The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work. Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours. Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
Educated to 3 National 4 or 5’s or 3 Standard Grades at credit or general level (1-4) which must include Maths, English and one other subject.

Additional Information

For additional East Lothian Council employment information please click on the following link:

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If you require further information about this vacancy, please call 01620 827868, or email us on

Please note: We do not accept CV's (either electronically or by mail).  All our vacancies must be applied for by fully completing the on-line application form.  Although there is an ‘import data from my CV’ function on MyJobScotland, this only imports very limited data and should not be relied upon to complete the application form. 

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