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 Lewisham 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 Lewisham College studying towards their qualification.
Why choose us?
- Lewisham 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/DLR 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 Lewisham 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 Standards
- Chef de Partie Standards
- Production Chef Standard
- Hospitality Team Member Standards
- Hospitality Supervisor Standards
- Community Arts Administration
- Community Arts Management Advanced
- Supporting Live Events Promotion Advanced
- Supporting Cultural Venue Operations
- Cultural Venue Operations Advanced
- Technical Theatre, Sound, Light and Stage
- Business Administrator
- Customer Service Practitioner
- Team Leading
- IT Advanced
- Painter and Decorator Standard
- Plumbing Framework October 19 starts only
- Plumbing Framework
- Property Maintenance Operative
- Carpentry and Joinery Standard
- Bricklayer Standard
- Teaching Assistant
Health and Care
- Health and Social Care
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 020 3757 3000 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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Coming to Lewisham College gave me time to truly think about what I wanted to do as an undergraduate student, it really helped my decision to study for a Master’s afterwards – particularly the 'Professional Development' module.
I’ve enjoyed going back to college at Lewisham Southwark College where the tutors have been really supportive and I have made some great friends. I would definitely recommend doing an apprenticeship to anyone who’s thinking about it.
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.
One highlight of my time at university has been the opportunity to meet professionals in my field whose work and research has completely changed my perspective of the world we live in.
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.
It was not easy to get a job in the engineering industry, so I continued with some short courses and agency work to get more experience. This really helped me to stand out in interviews and enabled me to secure a permanent role.
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.