Counter Fraud Investigator Apprenticeship

Job Information

Salary: £8,916 - £17,190 p.a (dependent on age) plus transport allowance (£2,000)

Contract Type: Fixed Term (2 years), Full Time

Hours: 37 per week (includes 20% study time)

Location: Hailsham, East Sussex



We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our busy Counter Fraud team.

Fraud is a continually evolving threat faced by individuals and organisations alike. When fraudulent activity occurs in the public sector, it weakens government finances and adds further pressure on vital public services – Wealden District Council wants to train you to be the next generation to combat this crime.

What will you be doing?

  • Under supervision, you will be responsible for fraud cases from referral through to prosecution where this is appropriate
  • You will investigate cases that are referred to the Counter Fraud team and will need to utilise available information gathering facilities to obtain evidence appropriate to each case, you will learn how to understand, differentiate and assess strength of the evidence
  • Apply the ‘PEACE’ framework for planning and conducting an interview and take evidential notes and produce witness statements and transcripts
  • Conduct Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and Criminal Justice Act (CJA) compliant interviews.
  • Understand and utilise forensic evidence and forensic services
  • Training with CIPFA to achieve a level 4 in the Government Counter Fraud Standard Certificate, who are committed to delivering innovative, dynamic and relevant training to aspiring counter fraud professionals working in a range of investigative roles across the counter fraud sector. Along with on the job training provided through Wealden’s Investigations Team.

What do we offer?

  • Excellent salary and employee benefits scheme
  • A friendly, supportive team and opportunities for continued professional development
  • Working for a great, forward thinking Local Authority

What do you need?

  • Educated to GCSE level 2 in Maths and English or at Grade C and above.
  • Fluent spoken English in order to be able to liaise with customers, colleagues and in court as this role involves regular contact with the public
  • A good understanding of Data Protection and Freedom of Information issues

Wealden District Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are committed to maintaining a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment. We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities and all applications will be treated on merit.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the majority of our staff are continuing to work from home at present. Therefore, if you have any queries regarding this vacancy, please contact us via email where possible at

Job Description

Closing Date: 10/08/2021

Interview Date: 19th / 20th August 2021

Post Number: C2020f