Why work for Wyre Council? A career in local government can be very rewarding, offering a variety of roles and opportunities for personal and professional development. All this can be found at Wyre Council, in a variety of departments.
We also offer a range of apprenticeships at Wyre. Apprenticeships are a great way to gain hands-on experience whilst working towards a recognised qualification.
About Wyre Council
The borough of Wyre is located on the Lancashire coast, with Preston, Blackpool, and the Lake District nearby. An area of great contrasts, Wyre is home to urban areas, seaside resorts, traditional market towns, and picturesque villages. All this is within a vast rural setting that includes parts of the Forest of Bowland - an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The Wyre Council Civic Centre is located in Poulton-le-Fylde. The council operate across many sites and offer support, specialist advice, and council services for residents and business owners.
Rewards and benefits
There are many exciting benefits of working for Wyre Council. When we asked our staff to summarise in one word what makes Wyre Council a great place to work, the top results were "flexi", "friendly", "location", "hybrid working", and "supportive".
- Salaries that compete with other local authorities within the area
- A local government pension scheme
- Free car parking at work
- Childcare voucher scheme
- Cycle to work scheme
- Relocation scheme, such as helping with removal costs and solicitors fees (subject to conditions)
Training and development
We are committed to making sure our people have the necessary experience, skills, knowledge, and competence needed for them to fulfil their potential. To achieve this, we have a wide range of in-house training programmes to help our people develop leadership and personal skills. All of our in-house courses are led by experts. We also offer apprenticeships for those that enjoy learning, are passionate about what they do, and are determined to succeed. The apprenticeships we offer are an excellent way to make the most of the hands-on experience as well as the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification.
Work life balance
- Flexible working options
- Generous annual leave allowance. A minimum of 23 days (pro rata) in addition to all bank holidays. Entitlements rise to 25 days after four years and 29 days after five years local government service (pro rata)
- Wide range of family-friendly and flexible working policies
- Enhanced maternity/paternity scheme
Health and wellbeing
- Employee Support Programme 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Free Eye Tests for Virtual Desk Unit users
- Access to Health Cash Plan Scheme
- Access to Health Promotions
- Discounted gym memberships
Wyre Council is required to publish a range of workforce data under its duties contained within the Equalities Act 2010. The information published here includes data on gender, disability, ethnicity, age, sickness absence and leavers:
Wyre Council welcomes applications from people with disabilities. We have been recognised for this and awarded the 'Disability Confident' symbol.
The council actively pursues equality in both employment and service provision. We will:
- interview all disabled applicants who satisfy the essential criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities under the interview guarantee scheme
- ensure that there is an appointment in place to discuss, at any time, but at least once a year, what can be done to make sure that disabled employees can develop and use their abilities
- make every effort that if an employee became disabled, they would stay in employment
- take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work, and
- review these commitments and any achievements, while planning ways to improve on them, and let employees and the Job Centre know about progress and future plans on an annual basis
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
Wyre Council are proud to have been given a silver award. This means we:
- must have signed the Armed Forces Covenant
- must have already stated their intent to be supportive by using the ERS website to register at the Bronze level
- must proactively demonstrate that service personnel/armed forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged as part of their recruiting and selection processes
- should employ at least one individual from the AFC category that the nomination emphasises. For example, an employer nominated for support to the Reserves must employ at least one Reservist. In exceptional circumstances where there is outstanding generic support for the Armed Forces community and/or the size or business model of the organisation makes employment of such an individual impossible, the organisation can be considered for the award where they do not employ someone from the AFC category
- must actively ensure that their workforce is aware of their positive policies towards defence people issues. For example, an employer nominated for support to the Reserves must have an internally publicised and positive HR policy on Reserves
- (within the context of Reserves) must have demonstrated support to mobilisations or have a framework in place. They must demonstrate support to training by providing at least 5 days’ additional unpaid/paid leave (wherever possible not to Reservist employees’ financial disadvantage)
- must not have been the subject of any negative PR or media activity
For further information please see Veterans Guaranteed Interview Scheme.