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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships offer a different way of learning, launching you straight into the workplace and giving you a great start in your chosen career. On an apprenticeship you will not only earn a wage, you’ll also gain invaluable practical skills and on-the-job training, while working towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Whether you want to be an office administrator, builder or commi chef, you’ll find an apprenticeship to suit you at Southwark College. Having matched you with an employer in your chosen sector, we work together to develop an individual training programme designed to give you the job-specific skills you need to succeed. On average, apprentices spend four days a week working alongside experienced staff in the workplace and one day a week at Southwark College studying towards their qualification.

Check out our current apprenticeship vacancies below:

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  • Current vacancies

  • Why choose us?
    • Southwark College is an ‘outstanding’ apprenticeship provider with an achievement rate 14.1% above the national average*
    • We have excellent relationships with employers across business, construction, hospitality and the creative arts.
    • Our campus is easily accessible by train, tube or bus
    • Our apprenticeships run all year round, so you don’t need to wait until term-time to get started
    • We provide lots of support throughout the process – from finding the right apprenticeship to advising you on your next steps once you’ve completed it
    • We’re part of NCG, the UK’s largest college group which has an excellent reputation for delivering high quality apprenticeships

    *Subject to National Data published Early 2019

  • What we offer

    At Southwark College we offer:

    • Apprenticeships (equivalent to level 2) which run for 12 to 24 months
    • Advanced apprenticeships (equivalent to level 3) which run for 18 months or more

    Our apprenticeships cover a range of roles in four key sectors:

    Hospitality and Support Services

    • Commis Chef
    • Chef de Partie
    • Hospitality Team Member
    • Hospitality Supervisor

    Creative

    • Community Arts Administration L2 (Framework)
    • Community Arts Management L3 (Framework)
    • Supporting Live Events and Promotions L2 (Framework)
    • Live Events and Promotions L3 (Framework)
    • Supporting Cultural Venue Operations L2 (Framework)
    • Cultural Venue Operations L3 (Framework)

    Business

    • Customer Service Practitioner L2 (Standards)
    • Customer Service Specialist L3 (Standards)
    • Business Administrator L3 (Standards)
    • Team Leader/Supervisor L3 (Standards)
    • Operations/Departmental Manager L5 (Standards)
    • IT Application Specialist L2 (Framework)
    • IT Application Specialist L3 (Framework)
    • HR Support L3 (Standard)
    • AAT L3 (Standard)
    • Financial Service Administrator L3 (Standard)

    Construction

    • Carpentry Intermediate
    • Brickwork Intermediate
    • Painting and Decorating Intermediate
    • Plumbing Intermediate Apprenticeship
    • Property Maintenance
  • What is an apprenticeship?

    Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study, enabling you to gain recognised qualifications and essential skills while working and earning a wage (including holiday pay).

    Key facts:
    • Apprenticeships usually take between one and four years, although this will vary depending on your employer, employment sector and your own skills and ability
    • There are three types of apprenticeship:
      • Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
      • Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
      • Higher – can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree
    • You need to be 16+, living in England and not in full-time education to do an apprenticeship (but you can apply when you’re still at school)
    • Apprentices are paid at least the National Minimum Wage for your age
    • Minimum working hours are normally 20 hours a week plus one day at college
    • You’ll get at least 20 days’ holiday pay a year, plus bank holidays
  • How to apply for an apprenticeship

    If you’d like to know more about the apprenticeships we offer, just complete our enquiry form and a member of our apprenticeships team will contact you.

    If you’re currently employed and your employer has agreed that you can complete an apprenticeship, or if you have an employer lined up ready for your apprenticeship, you can contact us on 0203 757 4000 to discuss your training needs.

    You can also use the National Apprenticeship Service’s find an apprenticeship system to find and apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship. (You’ll need to register to use this service.)

Jason Borley

Jason Borley

If I were to give advice to others considering performing arts, I’d say be yourself, don’t worry about what others think. Being different makes you unique. Work hard and take every opportunity that comes your way and don’t stress out – enjoy your time learning and believe in yourself.

Elena Cebotari

Elena Cebotari

The staff here have shown me how to get better and improve my work – and I’ve already started seeing a difference, even after only 2 months. We also get amazing professional work placements – like the Plague Event at the National Maritime Museum.

Duayne Sanford

Duayne Sanford

I’m currently touring with electronic soul band Honne, and have been travelling the world with them for three years. We’ve played prestigious festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude, Leeds Festival and BBC Big Weekend in the UK and – further afield – Coachella, Seoul Jazz Festival and Austin City Limits.

Ibrahim Shote

Ibrahim Shote

Southwark College is a vibrant place where you get prepared for the world outside of education. When I was there I was in the company of good friends, I had an amazing tutor, and we were all doing what we loved to do. It was hard work but it didn’t feel like it.

Rhys Gennery

My apprenticeship has so far helped me along my career path. It’s guided me into what I want to do in the future, and given me an insight into what I could be - or achieve - within the next five years.

Bobby Packham

Bobby Packham

I’m only three months into my one-year apprenticeship, and have learnt a lot in that time. The more I work, the more comfortable and confident I feel in my role.

Dan Sherwood

I’ve learnt that the best thing you can do is get your head down, work hard and put in the hours – it’s worth it.

Kimberley Cooper

Kimberley Cooper

I’m so glad I chose the path I did – studying such a vocational course at Southwark College was great for my CV, and now I’m doing the job I always wanted to do.

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