• The best thing about my apprenticeship is being able to take control of my learning and suggest skills and work experience that I believe will better me with my career


  • I would advise anyone thinking of an apprenticeship to go for it. You earn decent money whilst gaining an NVQ which in turn will give you the opportunity to gain full time employment within the council or elsewhere


  • I was unsure about whether I should undertake further education or employment, what route to take, I figured the best thing for me to do was go for an apprenticeship which would allow me to do both.


  • I got a health and social care qualification while I did the apprenticeship, but it was on the job experience that got me the job I have now


  • I knew there weren’t many women in engineering but that didn’t bother me one bit. I didn’t give it any thought when I was applying and I haven’t noticed any difference now that I’m on site.


  • It wasn’t easy at first - working again after a while out of work was hard and I was nervous to meet so many people. Once I got in to the kitchen that all changed. I’m 40 now and really proud of where I am. Was the apprenticeship worth it? Absolutely.


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Not all apprenticeships are office based, we offer a variety of opportunities, including:

  • business administration
  • customer service
  • housing practice
  • project management
  • civil engineering
  • surveying
  • electrician
  • plumbing
To apply you'll need to meet these requirements:
  • age 16 and over (age 18 and over in some cases)
  • able to work full time
  • full commitment to a 1 year programme
  • 5 GCSEs grade A to C including Maths and English or equivalent

If we can't offer what you're looking for, there are a variety of other apprenticeships available with local businesses.
The Southwark Apprenticeship Standard sets the standard for quality local apprentices. It's based on our over ten years experience running the apprenticeship scheme and sets four key areas that we know are at the heart of any successful apprenticeship:
  • secure employment (contract of at least 12 months)
  • fair pay (with payment of the London Living Wage as the gold standard)quality training provision
  • mentoring and support
Standard employers come in most sectors and sizes, offering something for everywhere wanting to earn while they learn. We're signing up new employers all the time, and post new vacancies most months, so keep checking this list to find out about the latest opportunities