Apprentice - Events Assistant
It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation.
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About the team we are recruiting to
Coventry City Council is the 9th biggest city in England and has ambitious plans to grow its economy, reputation, and quality of life, including by the delivery of the title UK City of Culture in 2021/2022.
The Council’s Business Investment and Culture service have a remit for economic development, inward investment, sustainability, culture, sport, tourism, and events. The team we are recruiting to is responsible for a range of functions, including:
- Delivery of festivals and major events
- Promotion of leisure and business tourism
- Operation of the convention bureau; and
- Management of the fourteenth century St Mary’s Guildhall.
It is a lively group of largely specialist officers with responsibility for strategy, funding and project delivery across its sections. It has recently expanded significantly, taking on new staff to develop and deliver activities stimulated by the title of UK City of Culture in 2021 and being a host of the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
What is the job role?
We are looking for an apprentice Events Assistant to join the Events Team for a busy programme of events in 2022-23. This is an exciting opportunity to gain hands-on experience of what it takes to put on a big event, and develop some of the skills and knowledge to start a career in Events while undertaking structured learning towards an Events Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship.
You will be working on events that the council helps organise such as the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend, Godiva Festival, Coventry Peace Festival, Christmas Lights Switch On, and more. You may be involved in the closing events of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture, and also when Coventry plays its part in the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, The 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, and the International Children’s Games. Additionally, you could also be supporting community groups, local businesses and sports organisations to hold their events in the city.
This will be a busy and varied job role, involving working in the office during planning stages, keeping information up to date, communicating with performers, suppliers, and colleagues in other teams, and responding to customer inquiries. You will be attending stakeholder meetings, joining site visits, and most importantly helping the team run events on the day, backstage behind the scenes, and front of house, dealing with customers.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking someone with enthusiasm for events, a good spoken and written communicator with an eye for accuracy and attention to detail. Ability with numbers is a big plus, with some finance work involved. Someone who is happy to be hands on setting up events, working outdoors, with a strong team ethic.
When applying for this role you will be asked to write a personal statement, when writing your personal statement please include the following:
- Tell us about an event you attended that you enjoyed and what made it a good experience. What could have made it better?
- Health & Safety is important for people working on and attending events. What sort of things help make an event safe?
- Tell us about something you have organised, and describe the different tasks involved. Did you find anything challenging?
Did you know that there is support available to help you with your application?
If you would like support in completing your application or have any questions about our recruitment and selection processes, help is available at The Job Shop. We would recommend that all applicants take advantage of this service in order to maximise the chances of being shortlisted.
Address: 1 Bull Yard, Coventry, CV1 1LH
Phone: 024 7678 5740
For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'
Pre-interview date: 4 March 2022 (via Microsoft Teams)
Interview date: 10-11 March 2022 (face to face at Friargate)
Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;
- Flexible working arrangements
- Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
- Pay progression through multiple increments
- Outstanding local government pension scheme
- Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
- Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
- Vibrant employee networks
For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled Coventry CC Application process.
Coventry City Council