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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 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.

Check out our current apprenticeship vacancies below.


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  • Current vacancies

  • 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 L2 (Standards)
    • Chef de Partie L3 (Standards)
    • Production Chef L2 (Standard)
    • Hospitality Team Member L2 (Standards)
    • Hospitality Supervisor L3 (Standards)

    Creative

    • Community Arts Administration Intermediate
    • Community Arts Management Advanced
    • Supporting Live Events Promotion Intermediate and Advanced
    • Supporting Cultural Venue Operations Intermediate
    • Cultural Venue Operations Advanced
    • Technical Theatre, Sound, Light and Stage Intermediate

    Business

    • Business Administrator
    • Customer Service Practitioner
    • Team Leading
    • Management
    • IT Intermediate & Advanced

    Construction

    • Painter and Decorator L2 (Standard)
    • Plumbing L2 (Framework) (October 19 starts only)
    • Plumbing L3 (Framework)
    • Property Maintenance Operative L2 (Standard)
    • Carpentry and Joinery L2 (Standard)
    • Bricklayer L2 (Standard)
  • 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 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.)

AJ Haseley

AJ Haseley

AJ studied IT with us at Lewisham a number of years ago and went on to study for a degree in Business, also studying small business management administration, fashion business, management and advanced media.

Zita Obakponovwe

Zita Obakponovwe

Lewisham Southwark College prepared me well for university in many ways. It gave me confidence in vital skills like writing, which are really important on a degree course, and sparked my creativity.

Stephanie Marshall

Stephanie Marshall

The course tutors are amazing and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have got this job.

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.

Amal Shuluh

Amal Shuluh

Since I have started on the course my maths has improved a lot. On some of my tests I have even scored 100%. My teacher has been very helpful and he does everything he can to help us understand and learn in class. I am very grateful to him for all the help.

Janet Kissi

Janet Kissi

The classes are fun. I really enjoy coming to college to learn. I am happy and I am on the right path to achieve my dream.

Saikou Sanyang

Saikou Sanyang

We had a great bond as a class, and our course tutor was always willing to go the extra mile to support learners. I feel that I have really grown both personally and professionally.

Eke Hardie Ejiohuo

I have had a huge range of training opportunities in both my workplace and college which has developed skills I couldn’t have imagined I was capable of.

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