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 commis 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.
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
- Apprenticeships, which are the equivalent to level 2 and run for 12 to 24 months
- Advanced apprenticeships, which are the equivalent to level 3 and run for 18+ months
Our apprenticeships cover a range of roles in a number of sectors, including:
Hospitality and Support Services
- Commis Chef
- Chef de Partie
- Production Chef
- Hospitality Team Member
- Hospitality Supervisor
- Cultural Learning & Participation Apprenticeship
- Business Administrator
- Customer Service Practitioner
- Customer Service
- Team Leading
- Operations and Departmental Manager
- Infrastructure Technician (IT)
- HR Support
- Financial Service Administrator
- Assistant Accountant
- Painter and Decorator
- Property Maintenance Operative
- Carpentry and Joinery
- Gas Engineering
- Wall and Floor Tiler
Health and Care
- Adult Care Worker
- Lead Adult Care Worker
- Teaching Assistant
- Learning Mentor
- Learning and Skills Teacher
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).
- 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.)
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I chose to study at Lewisham Southwark College because it was the only College nearby that specialised in Performing Arts. The course included Drama, dancing and singing, all of which I was keen to pursue.
I always knew I wanted to perform, and Southwark College helped me further my dance training, I learned a variety of dance styles and was given extra singing lessons so I kept up those skills too.
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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.
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After a very successful year in Level 1 ESOL, Eka started her career path with a teaching assistant job in a primary school in Bromley. She is very happy and sees this as an opportunity to inspire and motivate children and to continue improving her own English skills, wherever possible.