Become an apprentice

Being an apprentice is a great way to start working in Southwark. We have tremendous success helping apprentices secure employment and we're committed to creating 2,000 new apprenticeships.

Our apprenticeships can give you an excellent chance for a bright future by offering you:

  • work-based skills
  • excellent work experience
  • a competitive salary (London Living Wage) whilst you learn
  • nationally recognised qualifications
  • on and off the job training
  • advice and guidance to help develop your career after the apprenticeship

You'll receive a lot of support, coaching and mentoring throughout your apprenticeship.

You can see what previous apprentices think of working in Southwark by reading and watching their stories.

Apprenticeship opportunities

View current apprenticeship opportunities

Southwark's apprenticeships

We offer a variety of opportunities, including:

  • business administration
  • customer service
  • housing practice
  • project management
  • civil engineering
  • surveying
  • electrician
  • plumbing

Requirements to apply

  • 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

Educational qualification requirements will vary depending on the type and level of apprenticeship. Each opportunity will advertise the specific requirements.

You'll be required to provide your original GCSE or equivalent certificates at registration

More opportunities

If you'd like to become an apprentice but need help preparing, you could benefit from Southwark Choices or Southwark Works.

The Southwark Choices team offer independent information, advice and guidance to young people in Southwark. If you are interested in Southwark Choices, visit the drop in centre in Peckham every Monday and Thursday between 10am and 4pm or call on 020 7525 4545 to make an appointment.  

The Southwark Works programme provides tailored support that is based on individual needs to enhance employment prospects. If you are interested in Southwark Works, email or call on 020 7740 8200.

For more information, visit The National Apprencticeship Service website.

Apprenticeship opportunities with Southwark businesses

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 page to find out about the latest opportunities (pdf, 98kb).

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Page last updated: 14 September 2018