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Waste and Recycling Apprentice (x6)

Apprenticeships: London Living Wage (LLW)

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Waste and Recycling
Apprenticeships: London Living Wage (LLW)
Apprenticeship: 18 months
Full time - 35 hours per week
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Waste Recycling Centre, 1 Cottage Road, London N7 8TP
£20,167 per annum
Salary period
Today at 23:59

Our mission

We are determined to create a more equal Islington, where everyone who lives here has an equal chance to thrive. To do this, everyone who works at Islington Council lives by a set of values which guide us in everything that we do: collaborative, ambitious, resourceful, and empowering.

They spell out ‘CARE’, which is what we think public service is all about. Watch our video to hear more about our values and how you can help us achieve it from our Chief Executive, Linzi Roberts-Egan.

Job overview

Islington Council offers a wide range of high-quality Apprenticeship Pathways that combine working in a great job, comprehensive training and development opportunities, and a competitive salary.

Our Waste & Recycling Apprenticeship Pathway consists of an 18-month long opportunity to build on your communication skills and team working skills, whilst working towards a level 2 Waste Resource Operative qualification. Following the initial application process, successful applicants will join Islington Council’s Street Environment Team.

In November 2020 Islington council set out its Vision 2030 strategy to reach net zero, which includes plans for sustainable and affordable energy supply, green economy and planning, and natural environment and waste. This apprenticeship is ideal for those who wish to play their part in helping the environment and are passionate about the borough they live in and you will play a vital role in helping us to achieve our ambition.

To apply for this apprenticeship, you must:

  • Be aged 16 or above
  • Be unemployed (or working no more than 16 hours)
  • Be an Islington resident or Islington care leaver or a student at an Islington secondary school currently or within the last 12 months
  • Not currently be qualified in street cleansing or similar discipline at level 2 or above

Closing Date: Sunday 2nd October 2022 at 23:59

Interview Date: October 2022 (to be confirmed)

Apprenticeship Start Date: November 2022 (subject to pre-employment checks)

As part of the recruitment process you must also meet the course entry requirements of the apprenticeship and this may result in further assessments undertaken by the training provider.

Main duties of the job

At Islington, we love working to keep our neighbourhoods clean and finding innovative ways of dealing with waste, such as recycling or simply keeping it off the streets. We believe every day is an opportunity to improve the lives of our residents. Street Operation Services is responsible for all cleansing and waste collections within in the borough and is at the forefront of making Islington an attractive and healthier environment for all. This is achieved through excellent customer service and the delivery of key activities which are designed to meet the needs of our customers. 

What You Can Expect - We are looking for people who are eager to join a company where:

  • You are part of a tight knit team in a great working environment
  • Everyone looks for ways to help each other out
  • There’s an excellent sense of community and recognition of hard work
  • Your role will be varied and rewarding, as part of a friendly and well respected team

The Job - Working as a Waste and Recycling Apprentice for the Council you will:

  • Carry out general cleansing operations around street cleansing, grounds maintenance and park area cleansing as directed by your Supervisor.
  • Support the team in improving recycling in the borough and help correct waste segregation streams to achieve this within street cleansing.
  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions within agreed shift patterns.
  • Develop IT skills using mobile devices to report Public Realm issues.
  • Develop strong professional relationships with your own team and with others we work alongside and to whom we provide services.

Training and Development – Within your role you will:

  • Complete a Level 2 Waste Resource Operative Apprenticeship funded by the Council. This will be a blended learning approach which will include self-study, interactions with your training provider on a face to face/online basis and undertake remote learning whilst completing tasks in the workplace. Dedicated time will be given to you to support your development
  • Join the apprenticeship personal and professional development programme that will involve a series of varied development activities and events throughout your apprenticeship with the Council

Working for our organisation

We appreciate and value our employees and recognise the importance of a motivated and supported workforce. We will support your development through the activities mentioned above and through the ongoing support of your manager and a mentoring programme.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our apprentices, including:

  • A competitive salary (London Living Wage)
  • Excellent annual leave package (up to 30 days per year)
  • Discounted gym memberships and cycle schemes
  • Discounted theatre tickets
  • Local discounts from restaurants, shops, beauty therapists and more!

Your training will be supported in the workplace by allowing dedicated time in your working week to focus on your studies in addition to having access to a network of colleagues from within the organisation and the training provider to support your development journey.

After you have successfully completed your Apprenticeship Pathway you will have gained valuable workplace experience and attained a professional qualification which will improve your chances of finding work either within the Council or with another employer or help you move on to a higher level apprenticeship elsewhere. You will have networked across the Council and be aware of the internal job market during your time with us and we will provide support on your approach to the wider job market as part of your development programme.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Undertake a development programme leading to a Level 2 qualification as part of an apprenticeship. You will spend 20% of your contracted hours towards the timely completion of your training programme.
  • Actively participate in your own development plan under the supervision of your line manager and the training provider. This includes meeting the needs of the training provider and qualification by meeting deadlines and action plans.
  • To work under supervision to develop skills and experience in:
  • To carry out general cleansing operations around street cleansing, grounds maintenance and park area cleansing as directed by your Supervisor.
  • To support ways of working to improve recycling including the correct segregation of waste streams including recording and reporting waste collection problems such as contamination or incorrectly stored waste through the established reporting system.
  • Liaising with the public on behalf of the Council and Environment and Regeneration department, responding positively and sensitively to customer enquiries or complaints and reporting where necessary to the Supervisor.
  • Working as an individual or as part of a team to provide high quality customer focussed Environmental Services, including all types of waste collection, street cleansing grounds maintenance and park keeping.
  • To give full cooperation in the implementation and operation of the latest information and communication technology, which will be designed to enhance efficiency safety and communication amongst teams.
  • Support the team to undertake safely the collection of all types of waste: cleansing of streets or parks and open spaces and work individually or as part of a team and ensure that segregated waste streams are not contaminated with non-conforming material or waste.
  • Constructively take part in meetings, supervision, seminars and other events designed to improve communication and assist with your own development and that of your role.
  • Undertake other duties compatible with your learning and development as required.
  • Use information technology systems to carry out duties in the most efficient and effective manner.
  • Achieve personal performance targets, as agreed by your line manager. Carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Council’s customer care standards.
  • Be committed to the Council’s CARE values and serving the public first, being open honest and fair, and respecting all people and communities and to demonstrate this commitment in the way duties are carried out.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Why have you chosen to apply for an apprenticeship? Why have you chose this particular apprenticeship pathway?


Essential criteria
  • Provide an example of when you have demonstrated good written or verbal communication skills. What impact did this have?


Essential criteria
  • Describe your capability in the use of IT, email and application packages such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Email and Maps. Please provide examples of when you have used specific IT packages and what you have produced.


Essential criteria
  • Give an example of a time when you have worked as part of a group to achieve a goal?


Essential criteria
  • Describe a time that you have had to organise your own workload. How did you achieve this?


Essential criteria
  • Describe your understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion. How you would reflect this in a work environment?

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Further details / informal visits contact

Martin Thorpe
Job title
Environmental Manager - Projects/Cover
Email address
Telephone number
07825 098 757
Additional information

For an informal discussion about apprenticeships at Islington council please contact, Bina Limbachia on 020 7527 1885 or email

If you are an Islington resident who would like support with your application, please contact the iWork Team on 020 7527 3559 or email