• Full Time
  • UK

Job Description

£25,137 – £26,520pa | Fixed term – 4 years | Newham | Closing date 02.07.21

About us

Newham is a vibrant inner-city borough with excellent transport links to the rest of London and South-East England, including Kent, Essex, Surrey and Middlesex. With an ethnically diverse population there are up to 220 languages being spoken in the area. Proud to be home to one of the youngest and most diverse cultures across the country, Newham is an exciting and challenging borough that is committed to putting people at the heart of everything we do.

The Borough boasts iconic landmarks such as, Green Street, the Olympic Park, Excel centre, Westfield Shopping Centre and the University of East London. Newham is changing rapidly, benefiting from significant investment, creating new jobs, homes and opportunities for all. The Mayor of London has provided the Borough with £107 million funding through the ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ programme supporting the construction of 1,100 new homes by 2022. From this we expect to see an additional 2,500 jobs created over the next decade, injecting £1.5 billion in to the local economy.

The London Borough of Newham has the largest privately rented sector in England with over half of Newham households (60,000) depending on private landlords for their health, safety and welfare. In response to these circumstances Newham became the first authority to adopt an authority wide landlord licensing in 2013, with nearly 40,000 homes aligned to one of the licensing schemes. The growing level of work tackled by our Private Sector Housing Team, means there are new opportunities opening for those who are passionate and committed to making a change to join the journey and help us achieve our goals.

About the Job

Our Private Sector Housing Team are looking for a talented individual to study towards a degree in Environmental Health via a tailored apprenticeship programme. Working in collaboration with Middlesex University London, the postholder will gain a BSc Honours in Environmental Health by completing the 4 year programme. Following completion of the course, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of career paths, including environmental health in local government and go on to gain a chartered status as an Environmental Health Practitioner.

Combining both classroom and practical learning, the postholder will benefit from ‘hands-on’ experience supporting the Private Sector Housing Standards Service, and working across other Environmental Health service areas such as Food Safety and Noise & Pollution to further develop their knowledge and acquire necessary practical skills as an Environmental Health Practitioner.

Providing a first-class service to property owners, occupiers and tenants, the role equips officers to deliver a range of intervention strategies such as enforcement, education and advice, aimed at improving the quality, safety and choice of residential accommodation across Newham. The Environmental Health Officer apprentice must actively use the information learned in their degree and experience gained from working in the field to be instrumental in improving Newham population’s health outcomes and reducing the burden of disease.

About You

You must be someone who is ambitious, innovative and presents a strong level of interpersonal skills, whilst sharing the same values as we do. With such a diverse pattern of work across the various environmental health disciplines, you will be confident in explaining legislation and procedures to people from all backgrounds, with an attention to detail and ability to analyse and solve problems with sustainable solutions.

This apprenticeship opportunity requires you to be committed to the full 4 year term of learning, demonstrating an ambition to develop your career in environmental health by excelling in your duties within Newham’s Private Sector Housing Team.

To qualify for the apprenticeship you will need:

  • Grade 4 / C or above in English and Maths GCSE (or other level 2 equivalent)
  • 96 UCAS points (typically at grades CCC – A level or level 3 equivalent)
  • Minimum of one science or technology based subject at A level (see JD for more info)
  • How to Apply

    With a broad understanding of the private sector housing and environmental health disciplines within local government, your application will also benefit from displaying knowledge in the following.

  • Carrying out inspections and investigations
  • Following a procedure when dealing with complaints
  • Ability to demonstrate patience and calmness in stressful situations
  • Strong and clear written and verbal communication skills
  • For an informal conversation about this position feel free to contact Wayne Pobi (Team Leader) on 0203 3731194 or Julia Bull (Team Leader) on 020 33734015.

    The closing date for receipt of applications is 2nd July 2021, however interest in this job may be high and we therefore reserve the right to close the vacancy early.

    You will be notified if your application has been successful. Interviews are scheduled for 13/14/15th July 2021

    Additional Information

    The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.

    Newham is one of the youngest, most diverse, and vibrant boroughs in the UK. As an inclusive employer, we are committed to ensuring our workforce reflects our local population. We welcome and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, including applicants who are ethnically diverse and/or applicants who have a disability.

    Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.

    The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

    Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

    In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).

    Please attach your supporting statement, explaining in no more than x2 A4 sides why and how you meet the criteria for this role.

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