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Subject to the ongoing situation, it's essential that we continue recruiting safely. Therefore, interviews and communication will be virtual wherever possible and this will be communicated to you directly by the hiring manager.

Please also expect that advert closing dates and interview dates may change as required. We still continue to welcome applications for our current roles and wish you the best of luck with your application.

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Public Relations Apprentice

  • Reference:orbis/TP/13488/7504
  • Positions:1
  • Salary:£14,443 per annum
  • Category:Apprenticeships & Trainee
  • Contract type:Apprenticeship
  • Working hours:36
  • Posted on:17 February 2020
  • Closing date:2 March 2020
  • Directorate:Transformation, Partnership & Prosperity
  • Location:County Hall, Penryhn Road, Kingston upon Thames


This is a 18 month fixed term contract.

Surrey County Council has a high profile as one of the largest local authorities in England, but we currently have some tough challenges and have embarked on a programme of radical change. We are undertaking significant fast-paced improvements across the council to support the desired step change in both culture and modernising services to be a cost effective organisation that focuses on the best possible outcomes for the people of Surrey as outlined in our Community Vision 2030.

This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

About the role

As a Public Relations Apprentice you will play a key role in our dynamic and friendly communications team. You will communicate with different people throughout the organisation and work across the whole team helping with the delivery of our external and internal campaigns. You will be responsible to understand the organisations values and goals by using your digital and communications skills to deliver the day to day tasks. You will need to familiarize yourself with the communications team's social media channels and also the internal channels we use to communicate with everyone in the organisation. The occupation requires using one's own initiative while supporting those leading on campaigns. Amongst working on the creative projects we produce you will have the opportunity to support with the press office, dealing with press releases and policy statements by using an accurate and effective written communication style tailored to different audiences and media.


We are looking for someone who has great attention to detail and is able to communicate well with different levels of staff. Someone who can take on multiple projects at once and can execute work on strict deadlines. Willingness to support staff when needed and who can share their creativity in the development of new ideas to the rest of the team. Most importantly an enthusiastic and can-do attitude.


A level or have completed an advanced apprenticeship

Additional information

Contact details

For an informal discussion contact Hannah Melhuish on 0208 541 9454 or by e-mail at We look forward to receiving your application. 

Additional information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 02/03/2020.

Interviews dates to be confirmed.

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.


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  • Updated: 05 Apr 2020