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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 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.

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  • 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 Framework
    • Community Arts Management Framework
    • Supporting Live Events and Promotions Framework
    • Live Events and Promotions Framework
    • Supporting Cultural Venue Operations Framework
    • Cultural Venue Operations Framework

    Business

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

    Construction

    • Carpentry 
    • Brickwork 
    • Painting and Decorating 
    • Plumbing Apprenticeship
    • Property Maintenance Operative

    Health and Care

    • Health and Social Care

    Teaching

    • Teaching Assistant

  • 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.)

Jack Grattan

I really enjoyed studying at the College due to the teaching, with the tutors having a wealth of experience and knowledge and a very approachable attitude. They just want to help students.

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.

Sarah El-wahabi

Sarah El-wahabi

Airlines aim to build professional and well groomed air crew so in order to pass these interviews you need to look like the part and sell yourself. One of the things I learned at College was how to stand out in these interviews.

Edwin Munoz

Edwin Munoz

I started at the College as an ESOL student. My main interest at that time was Photoshop and one of my ESOL teachers encouraged me to apply for a digital media course.

Marite Micule-peina

Marite Micule-peina

I had teaching experience and was confident in my professional abilities but felt I needed to improve my language skills, and my understanding of the English education system to be ‘work-ready’ in the UK, so I decided to start again from the bottom of the ladder.

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.

Tommy Warner

I loved Lewisham, as they did plays that were similar and the same standard as those at drama school, which made the transition to higher education much easier.

Sian Kelsey Fox

Sian Kelsey Fox

My apprenticeship helped me, by giving me the chance to learn and earn. As well as having the opportunity to work within a professional working environment: and this was beneficial as it helped me widen my vocabulary and also my knowledge of the workplace, which contributes to understanding my job role I am currently in.

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