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37 hours per week

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Job Description

Modern Apprentice - EYESA (temp/full time)                                                 REF: MA/32225
Salary: Grade MA £17,142 PA                                                                      

Location: TBD, Inverclyde
Hours: 37 hours per week

Duration: temp for 18 months


Modern Apprenticeship – Early Years Education Support Assistant


Modern Apprenticeships offer paid employment combined with relevant training, leading to a nationally recognised qualification.


We are inviting applications for our Modern Apprenticeship (MA) Programme for Inverclyde residents, aged 16 and over, who have a keen interest in working with young children in local nurseries.


Successful applicant will be employed on a fixed term 18 month contract, between 20 – 37 hours per week, and will work towards attainment of an SCQF Level 6 Social Services Children and Young People qualification.  The successful candidate will be expected to comply with all health and safety and child protection procedures and will be required to meet the deadlines set for qualification portfolio completion.  The salary is £17,142 per annum. Salary will be pro-rata for posts less than 37 hours per week.



Applicants must be residents of Inverclyde and have a good standard of general education. Successful candidates will need to be able to demonstrate:


  • Confidence in written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • Ability to use computers.
  • Ability to plan and organise workload efficiently and effectively.
  • Ability to demonstrate personal accountability.
  • Ability to be flexible in approach to work.


Posts may be offered on a term-time basis.


These posts require a successful Disclosure Scotland check via the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.  Successful candidates will be required to register with Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).


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Whether applying via the on-line application form, or by e-mailing your completed word version of the form, all applications must be received by the closing date of Sunday 4th December 2022.


Inverclyde Council Modern Apprenticeship Programme             Nov 2022


The Modern Apprenticeship (MA) Programme gives you a job for a fixed period of time that lets you work towards a nationally recognised qualification.  These qualifications are designed to give you the skills and knowledge to do a real job with appropriate responsibilities. 


The following information relates specifically to the Modern Apprentice Early Years Education Support Assistant position.


How does the MA programme work?

An MA employed by Inverclyde Council is treated as an employee, but in addition to this they must take part in on the job learning which allows them to demonstrate they have the skills and knowledge required to attain an SCQF Level 6 qualification, which in this case would be SCQF Level 6 Social Services Children and Young People.  This learning will include a variety of methods such as:-


On-the-Job where your Supervisor works with you to develop key skills such as working in teams, problem solving, communication and using new technology.  It also includes visits from an assessor from West College Scotland, who will monitor your technical knowledge and understanding of the job.


Portfolio Building this is time given to you gather and log evidence of your day to day work which proves your competency in your role.


How long does the MA last?

This particular MA will last for 18 months, and you will be employed on a fixed term contract with Inverclyde Council for this duration.


How do we recruit?


Inverclyde Council MA’s are advertised via Social Media, Skills Development Scotland’s My World of Work website, Inverclyde Community Development Trust, Jobcentre Plus, and Inverclyde Council website via Myjobscotland.


When you see an MA post advertised you should have a look at any additional information that is provided about the role, as it will give you some ideas about what you need to tell us in your application form.  For your application to be successful you should answer the questions as fully as you can.

If your application is selected to be taken further, you will be invited for an interview.  Prior to your interview it is important you do some research:

  • What Services does the employing department provide?
  • What skills and personal qualities would you be able to bring to the role?
  • Have examples prepared to explain how you have worked well within a team, how well you have communicated information, how well you resolved a problem.


For general information the internet could be used for:


  • Inverclyde Council website provides information about its services and departments.
  • Skills Development Scotland (SDS) website gives information on Modern Apprenticeships.
  • College websites give technical information on particular qualifications.
  • Enter the title of your MA into a search engine to find out a range of information.



How much will I be paid?

MA’s have a starting salary of £17,142 pa for a 37 hour week post, paid 4 weekly in arrears.  Salary will be pro-rata for posts less than 37 hours per week.


What kind of people are we looking for?

To help you to be successful in your application you will need to demonstrate in your application form, and at interview if you progress to that stage, that you:


  • Have the minimum qualification entry requirements.
  • Have an interest in working in a childcare environment.
  • Have the ability to work hard to achieve attainment of the qualification.
  • Have good IT skills and are willing to develop them in the workplace.
  • Are committed to giving excellent customer service.
  • Can communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Have good numeracy skills.
  • Can work well as part of a team.
  • Have the ability to show initiative.
  • Are flexible in your approach to work.


What is the Selection Process?

Applications are shortlisted, and those selected will be invited for interview.  The interview process though formal, will be conducted in a way that should put you at ease and let you highlight your strengths in areas such as Teamwork, Communication and Motivation.


Unfortunately we may not be able to interview all eligible applicants, however we will contact every applicant to let them know the outcome of their application.  We can also direct those who are unsuccessful to local organisations who may be able to help you to find suitable employment.

The Individual

Important Applicant Information:


  • Inverclyde Council is an accredited Living Wage Employer paying the Living Wage Rate where required.  Please click the link to `Essential Applicant Information’ below for more information.


  • Please note that if you apply via this website it is important that you regularly check your emails following your application submission. All further communication regarding your application, including any invite to interview and, if relevant, details of any formal offer/contract, will be done by email.


You should ensure that your email is set up to receive emails from MYJOBSCOTLAND and Inverclyde Council, and that they are not filtered into any JUNK/SPAM folders.



  • Interviews for non-teaching posts with Inverclyde Council will be based on the Councils' competency model which is reflected in our performance appraisal scheme. Details of this can be found at the link below and clicking the Performance Overview document on the left hand side:


Vetting by Disclosure Scotland

If you work in regulated work (children and/or protected adults) you will be subject to obtaining a satisfactory PVG. A small number of posts require a Standard or Basic Disclosure check and the majority of all other posts will complete a Criminal Convictions Form. All disclosure checks are obtained via Disclosure Scotland. If you are the successful candidate you will be required to pay the cost of the disclosure check required for your post.


Regulatory Bodies

If your post requires registration with a Regulatory Body such as HCPC or SSSC etc. You are required to obtain and maintain registration including paying any fees.   


Further Assistance

Alternative application packs can be requested in other formats for example, Large Print, Braille and Audio. To request an alternative application pack or require further assistance, please contact the HR Recruitment Team on 01475 712740.


Inverclyde Council - Best Government Services Employer in the UK 2016 – Bloomberg Business Best Employer Awards 2016

Armed Forces Personnel/Reservists

Inverclyde Council welcomes applications from former armed forces personnel / reservists. Many of the skills picked up during your military career could be transferred directly into a role with local government.


Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident Leader and offer a guaranteed interview to applicants who consider themselves to be disabled and who meet the essential criteria for the job.


Flexible Working

We are happy to discuss flexible working opportunities with applicants


Working from Home / Interim Hybrid working

We have an interim hybrid working pilot running from April/May 2022 which has a minimum 20% work location attendance if applicable. This can be discussed at interview with the recruiting manager.