Job Opportunities

Braintree District Council Apprenticeship Opportunities

Below are links to 7 apprenticeship opportunities for work at Braintree District Council. Please click on the link or links that you are interested in for details. The closing date for these is Wednesday 25th July 2018:

Community Safety Apprentice
Customer Service Apprentice
Governance Apprentice
Horticulture & Sports Turf Apprentice
Housing Apprentice
Performance Improvement Apprentice
Procurement Apprentice

Planning Development Manager for Braintree District Council

Hours: Full Time (37 hours per week) – Permanent
Salary: Grade SMG 3, £54,027 – £59,151 per annum
Location: Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree CM7 9HB
Closing Date: Monday 16th July 2018

Braintree District is an area of significant growth and this is set to continue over the coming years. Braintree District Council is embracing the challenge to deliver well-designed new homes, create jobs and improve and develop infrastructure for the benefit of existing and new communities.

The Council has an emerging Local Plan which sets out an ambitious growth agenda for the District with 15,000 new homes planned over the next 15 years, including new garden communities based on Garden City principles.

Braintree District Council has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and positive Planning Development Manager to lead our busy development management, conservation, enforcement, validation and customer facing aspects of the Council’s development service. The team provides a responsive development management service focused on delivering sustainable development and growth in the District.

Reporting to the Corporate Director, they need someone who can manage and mentor the team, look for solutions, work in a highly professional way, take overall responsibility for the full range of planning applications, appeals and enforcement cases and facilitate our Planning Committees. Alongside this, you will support the Service to become more commercially focused whilst maintaining our public service values.

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Deputy Building Control Manager for Braintree District Council

Hours: Full Time, 37 Hours Per Week
Salary: £38,889 to £45,945 per annum
Location: Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, CM7 9HB
Closing Date: Monday 16th July 2018

Braintree District Council has an exciting opportunity for a Building Control professional looking to take their first or next management step and progress their career.

It is expected the successful candidate will progress to replace our Building Control Manager, subject to performance, as part of our succession planning for retirement in the medium term.

The role will involve supporting the Building Control Manager in our small, but busy Building Control team to operate the service and maintain our high standards of service delivery and customer care. In addition to day-to-day management duties as the Deputy Building Control Manager, you will also be responsible for building control duties in your own area of the District.

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Street Cleansing Operative for Braintree District Council

Hours: Full Time, 37 hours per week
Salary: £18,861 – £19,644 per annum
Location: Unit 4, Lakes Road Industrial Park, Lower Chapel Hill, Braintree, CM7 3RU
Closing Date: Monday 16th July 2018

Braintree District Council are currently recruiting for a Street Cleansing Operative to work in the district across the Braintree, Witham and Halstead areas.

Street Cleansing tasks will include – Street sweeping (mechanical/manual), litter picking, bin emptying (including dog bins), collecting fly tips, market clearance and removal of dead animals.

Our team work 7 days a week and you will work over 5 days a week on a rota basis which will include weekend working. Current working hours for this role will work 6am to 2pm and 8am to 4pm shifts Monday to Friday and weekend shifts work between the hours of 6am to 6pm.

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SAVS Evening Caretaker

15 hours per week – 4:30pm until 7:30pm
Salary: NJC Point 12 – £16,123 per annum (pro rata)

Southend Association of Voluntary Services is looking for a helpful, willing and responsible person to work at our offices at Alexandra Street, Southend

The main duties would be:

  • Responsible for opening, locking up and cleaning of our Alexandra Street building
  • Setting up the conference room and cleaning away afterwards
  • To cover sickness/holiday of morning Caretaker (7am until 10am)

The successful candidate will need to be physically able to move conference room furniture and equipment on a daily basis and have an understanding and abide by fire safety regulations, health and safety regulation and emergency procedures etc.

For more information and to apply for the role, please visit our website on the link below:

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Reception Support Volunteer – Braintree

A volunteer opportunity has arisen based in Braintree Community Hospital. This role will support a busy reception area within an NHS setting. Volunteer roles are designed to support a service and do not replace a paid role. All volunteers must attend volunteer Corporate Training and will have the opportunity to access Provide training programmes to upskill where appropriate.

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Volunteer handyman

Braintree District Museum are looking for a reliable person who is interested in helping out at the museum on a regular basis. Somebody who can help move tables in preparation for set up for school visits, can set up computer equipment ready for the sessions, can change light bulbs and batteries and can take responsibility for locking up the museum when they have group visits.

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Volunteer Home-Start Mentors

Home-Start is a family support service that offers the assistance of another person to offer support to local children and parents during difficult times. Home-Start is a local Children and Families Charity that works at grass roots, supporting families in their own home and through community group support. The children supported are aged 0- 11 years and volunteers are needed to help support both home visiting and group activities.

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Volunteer Website Designer/Builder

Torchlight would like to recruit a volunteer who is interested and keen to help us design, and build our website. We need it to be vibrant and relevant to the young people who use our services and to families, carers and friends.

We want you to see it all the way through from design to going live.

For more information Click Here

Volunteer Facebook Enthusiast

Torchlight would like someone to help keep their Facebook page up to date. Post news flashes, upload some of our photographs and dates of events. A general all round FACEBOOK FAN. UNDER 18’s CAN APPLY. This would be an ideal position for someone wishing to gain a little work experience.

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Volunteer Marketing and Promotions Ambassador

Purpose of role:

Healthwatch Essex Ambassadors are key to raising the profile of Healthwatch Essex and providing an interface with the general public. You should be enthusiastic, a flexible team player and have good communication skills. This role will involve assisting the team with marketing and communication activities, attending events, collating information and feedback, and promoting the work of the charity.

Your duties may include:
  • Attending various events and promoting the work of Healthwatch Essex.
  • Collecting feedback and analysing information (eg surveys).
  • Networking with other organisations and members of the public.
  • Taking photographs for use on website and in reports.
  • Helping with creation of content for blogs, case studies, news stories, website and social media platforms.
  • Keeping up to date with local initiatives and news headlines.
  • Supporting the use of our Chatterbox Cab (our mobile recording studio), encouraging participants to share their lived experience, managing the consent forms and helping to edit and package the footage.
What we can offer you:
  • A chance to volunteer for a local charity that makes a difference!
  • An opportunity to use or develop your marketing and communication skills.
  • Our award-winning ambassador training on lived-experience, along with other training relevant to your work, when the occasion arises.
  • An annual get-together with other Ambassadors and HWE stakeholders to showcase your contribution to our charity.
  • Reasonable travel expenses for any work you conduct with us.
  • A dedicated member of HWE staff to support you.

For more information Click Here.

Volunteer Coach

Shaw Trust is a national charity working to create brighter futures for the people and communities we serve. We’re looking for people who can provide valuable help by sharing their skills, experience and time with Shaw Trust’s clients to help them prepare for work and successfully navigate recruitment processes.

You will offer face-to-face or virtual (WebEx) time-limited one-to-one coaching or mentoring to help participants improve their confidence and progress in specific aspects of their life. You can help our clients by:
· Building their confidence around their employability and skills
· Sharing your knowledge of applying for jobs, sustaining work, performing well at interview or skills that help with this process such as good communication or basic IT.

In return for your time, you will have the opportunity to meet a wide range of people, boost your own confidence and share your skills with others. Read more

There are also two other new opportunities with Shaw Trust. Please visit the following links for more information:

Volunteer Cafe Assistant – Abberton Reservoir

Are you great with people? The Essex Wildlife Trust have 11 centres across Essex which are their main point of contact with the general public.
EWT are seeking Centre Volunteers to generally lend a hand, welcome people to the centres, make cups of tea and help with the retail and café outlets as required.

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Volunteer Treasurer

We would like a proactive volunteer who is willing to attend committee meetings to enable them to be fully informed of the organisation’ progress, forthcoming events etc. Someone that is confident in discussing ideas on our financial health and development with us and able to report on the charity’s finances.
Record all income and expenditure, pay invoices, receive and bank grant awards and cash from events, support the production of the Annual Report and Accounts. Work with the fundraising trustee to prepare the annual budget: Fundraising trustee reports progress against budget.

For more information Click here.

Volunteer Social Media Wiz

We require an enthusiastic individual to join our friendly organisation who enjoys social media and can help us improve our on-line communication.
Are you a Wiz on the computer and can help us to keep our followers posted on our events please apply.
This is a flexible opportunity and would suit any person who likes and is familiar with social media platforms.

for more information Click here.

Rowhedge Youth Community Club Volunteer

Do you want to work with young people in a vibrant and established youth club? We are a friendly group offering the young people of Rowhedge and surrounding areas a safe and welcoming club on Wednesday evenings during term time.

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Greenfields Community Housing

Wanted: volunteers to lead life-changing exercise classes

Greenfields Community Housing is on the look-out for volunteers to lead its chair-based exercise classes (CBE), which take place in a variety of locations across the Braintree District and can have life-changing results.
The prescribed, adaptable exercises improve mobility, help to prevent falls and maintain independence, as well as reducing loneliness and isolation. Jane McClure, a 49-year-old Greenfields resident and CBE leader who lives in Halstead, credits the classes for helping her to manage her disability, following a freak accident four years ago; and for inspiring her to launch her own successful business.

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Volunteer Chair-Based Exercise Leader

We are looking for Chair-Based Exercise Leaders to lead our classes, as part of our Health and Wellbeing Programme. The fun, enjoyable and rewarding classes are aimed at those with mobility issues and/or long-term health conditions, but any adult can take part.

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Volunteer Befriender – Home From Hospital

Would you like to give something back to our local hospitals? Can you provide cheerful, practical assistance to the more vulnerable members of our society? If so, then join our Home from Hospital team and help create links within your community! Our team provides simple, practical support to isolated people after they leave hospital. We ease their worries about being discharged, assist them in the transition back to their homes and continue to visit for 6 weeks afterwards.

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Activity Volunteer

A friendly volunteer is required to assist and lead volunteer based activities and programs that enrich the lives of the residents at Stanway: Grymes Dyke Court, Oatfield Close Community Hall and Winstree Court.

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Volunteer Supportive Team member

Braintree District Mencap Society

To help and support members attending activities, to develop good relationships with members and their carers. To work as part of the team under the direction of the group leader to ensure the activity runs smoothly.

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Volunteer befrienders urgently needed in Basildon, Loughton, Walton on the Naze and Colchester

The Volunteer visitor is the most popular role undertaken by volunteers and this is due in part to its flexibility and the satisfaction it gives. This role involves anything from dropping in on an older person for a coffee and a chat, checking that someone is alright or arranging a trip to the local shops.

Some of the older people need more support, others less so. As a volunteer visitor you will be matched with an older person living near you and you can fit your visits around your other commitments and responsibilities.

Please find below links to Befriending volunteering opportunities:

Volunteer Youth Workers 19+

Youth Centres Braintree District

Volunteers needed to support youth workers during the delivery of services by making contact and establishing relationships with young people. Encouraging and enabling young people to participate in a range of personally challenging activities.

Click here to find out more.

Education Room Volunteer Help Needed

First Stop Centre

Volunteers needed in the education dept on a one to one basis helping people with entry level basic English and Maths. All clients are over 18. Monday morning 9.00 – 12.00. No formal qualifications but lots of patience and understanding.

Click here to find out more.

Volunteer for Young People’s Events and Projects

Essex Boys and Girls Club

This role is to support the Events and Projects Team in their work with young people.
Volunteering opportunities range from climbing a mountain with a team of young people and
mountain leaders in the Lake District, to helping a youth group to build a raft in Upminster; to
manning a tree-climbing challenge for teams on a night exercise in Great Yeldham, to joining
a small trekking expedition to Nepal. You could be invited to judge a fishing competition in Romford or a table tennis final in Great Sampford. You might be asked to check in teams for a 5-a-side football tournament in Brentwood or lead a fundraising jailbreak in Chelmsford.
You might want to help with the catering at our adventure weekend in June or you could be the minibus driver for one of our early intervention projects. You might get involved for a few hours or a day or a week or a month-long project.

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Volunteer Group Leader / Knitter

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

Do you enjoy being with people? Do you have a talent for organising? Do you like to knit and/or crochet?

Colchester Hospital need someone to play an essential role in a busy, merry little group of keen knitters.

The CHUFT Blanketeers are a newly formed group who have come together to chat, drink tea and knit/ crochet blankets that are given to patients nearing the end of terminal illnesses.

While in hospital these patients have these blankets to make their environment less clinical and more homely. Visiting relatives know that they loved one is being cared for and comforted. After they pass, the blanket is gifted to the family as a keepsake and a token of kindness; we often spray it with the patient’s perfume or aftershave in the hope that it can bring their loved one some warmth & comfort in the difficult times ahead.

Click here to find out more or to apply.

Parkrun Volunteer – Great Notley Braintree

The volunteer will fulfil one of several roles required to be filled every Saturday morning to enable the Great Notley parkrun event, working for the Core Team. They have a Core Team of five members and run a weekly parkrun every Saturday at 9am. They are only able to put on an event if they get around 20 volunteers, which normally consists of other runners.

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