London is the capital of England and located in the South East of the country home to a third of all UK businesses. London also has a population of circa. 9 million so it would be no surprise to hear that the highest number of apprentices recruited in England is in London.
Apprenticeships are offered in London by thousands of companies on a daily basis from leading apprentice employers to apprenticeship training providers. You can start an apprenticeship in London in almost any industry or topic you like from Banking and Construction to Business administration and Cyber Security Apprenticeships, you name it - we bet there is an apprenticeship for it.
By starting as an apprentice job in London you will gain valuable experience whilst learning on the job from seasoned professionals looking to transfer their knowledge and skills, plus you will receive a wage and a nationally recognised qualification.
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Kickstart your career in the big smoke with an apprenticeship.
London offers thousands of opportunities for you to kickstart a successful career and is easily accessible from locations outside of London with excellent transport links by bus and rail. At present many rail links from the south or north enable people to travel in to London in less then an hour and with the introduction of HS2 more locations will be easily accessible.
There is a vast range of apprenticeships on offer in London but more importantly many companies offer apprenticeships where no previous experience is required. You can start an apprenticeship post 16 either at Level 2 or Level 3 depending on your GCSE results and the great thing about the Intermediate and Advanced level apprenticeships is the majority require no previous experience.
Picking an apprentice employer in London can be quite daunting, not to mention confusing due to the large numbers of companies recruiting apprentices. To make life a little bit easier we've categorised some apprentice employers into apprenticeship sectors:
London is the finance capital of Europe so it would be no surprise to find most if not all of the leading banking in the world have offices in London. There are two major financial districts in the centre of London "The Square Mile" aptly names due to the area it covers and Canary Wharf.
Companies offering banking apprenticeships:
• Lloyds Banking Group
Construction projects in London never seem to end, you can't turn a street corner in London without seeing a construction site. From high-rise buildings to underground stations either being built or refurbished.
Companies offering construction apprenticeships:
• Balfour Beatty
Along with construction there are plenty of engineering projects in London from manufacturing to structural steel the likelihood is before anything is built or made there will be some form of engineering involved.
Companies offering engineering apprenticeships:
• Transport for London
With over 9 million occupants London has a lot of hair to cut and to keep up with the demand many hairdressers across the capital are offering training opportunities.
Companies offering hairdressing apprenticeships:
• Toni & Guy
• Daniel Galvin
• The London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy
• Uppercut Hair Group
Marketing has changed over the years with the introduction of the internet and most marketing activities have turned digital promoting businesses online through their own websites and social mediate channels.
Companies offering marketing apprenticeships:
• QA Apprenticeships
• Big Creative Education
• LDN Apprenticeships
London has one of, if not, the best underground rail infrastructures in the world and to keep it maintained and run-in daily to accommodate it's 2 million daily users there are thousands of companies providing engineering and support services.
Companies offering rail apprenticeships:
• Transport for London
• Network Rail
• First Group
• Colas Rail
• McGinley Support Services
Everyone loves to shop and where better to do a bit of window shopping then London home to famous Oxford Street where there is over 300 high street retails.
Companies offering retail apprenticeships:
• Marks and Spencers
• John Lewis and Partners
By starting an apprenticeship in London you are opening the doors to a vast amount of benefits such as earning a wage and gaining valuable on the job training. However the biggest benefit is the nationally recognised qualifications you can gain from apprenticeship training.
Each Apprenticeship Level has it's own qualifications plus a knowledge based BTEC diploma relating to the job industry and subject area of your apprenticeship. You can gain a qualification starting from an NVQ level 2 all the way up to a Masters degree which can take up to 6 years to complete.
The amount you can earn as an apprentice in London depends on the levels of apprenticeship and industry you are training in, below is a guide to the salary ranges on offer for each apprenticeship level:
• Intermediate Apprenticeships - £10,000 - £20,000
• Advanced Apprenticeships - £14,000 - £25,000
• Higher & Degree Apprenticeships - £18,000 - £30,000
Intermediate Apprenticeships are your entry level into the world of apprenticeships more commonly known as a Level 2 Apprenticeship. Level 2 apprenticeships offer an excellent route into further education post 16, as an alternative to staying on at school, whilst receiving on the job training and studying towards a nationally recognised qualification.
During your intermediate apprenticeship you will study part-time with a college or a training provider, 20% of your training, towards an NVQ Level 2 and knowledge based qualification such as a BTEC, together these qualifications are the equivalent to 5 GCSE's grades 9 - 4 (A* - C on the old grading system). You will also receive a Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English if you don't already have them.
An Intermediate Apprenticeship is great for learning work related skills as apposed to being given more responsibility. This level of training will make you work ready and train you in the hands on skills required to undertake the responsibility of the task and give you the employability skills you need to be successful.
There is no formal qualifying criteria for a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship however some employers may ask for a minimum of 2 GCSE's to be able to join their apprenticeship programme.
Advanced Apprenticeships or commonly known as Level 3 Apprenticeships are the equivalent to doing 2 A-Levels and are the next level from an intermediate apprenticeship. Level 3 apprenticeships are great for you to start once you have completed your GCSE's and have attained the correct grades to be able to start at this level.
Starting at the advanced level even if you already have A-levels enables you to gain on the training, of which some employers prefer you to have before starting a Higher or Degree apprenticeship.
Just like an intermediate apprenticeship you will be required to spend at least 20% of your time studying with a college or training provider to be able to achieve the qualifications. On completion of you r apprenticeship you will achieve the equivalent of 2 A-Levels in the form of an NVQ Level 3 and a knowledge based qualifications such as a BTEC diploma.
To qualifying for a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship many employers ask for a minimum of 5 GCSE's which must include Maths and English, this is why an intermediate apprenticeships gives you these qualifications on completion. Although an advanced apprenticeships is the equivalent of 2 A-Levels some employers may add A-Levels as their requirement at this level also.
Find companies advertising advanced apprenticeship jobs on our website.
Higher Apprenticeships are your Levels 4 and 5 qualifications and enable you to study towards a HNC or HND respectively whilst at Level 5 you can also attain a foundation degree which is great if you want to continue in your studies towards a bachelors degree.
During your higher apprenticeship training you will be required to studying part-time with a training provider, college or university which along with your on the job training will enable you to train towards a Level 4 or 5 NVQ and BTEC diploma along with their respective HNC or HND qualification. Higher apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete.
As a higher apprentice you will be given a lot more responsibility which may include managing people or teams or even responsible for managing projects. You will be supported by your employer along side your mentors and tutors making sure to advise and guide you along the way during your apprenticeship programme.
To qualifying for a higher apprenticeship you will need to have achieved and completed at least a Level 3 Apprenticeship or have 5 GCSE's grades 9-4 which must include Maths and English and 2 A-Levels.
Find companies advertising higher apprenticeship jobs on our website.
Degree apprenticeships were introduced in September 2015 and have been receive with open arms both by employers and apprentices alike. Also known as Level 6 or 7 apprenticeships the degree level apprenticeship enables you to study towards a Bachelors or Masters degree.
You can start a degree apprenticeships straight after your advanced apprenticeship level or alternatively if you want to gain more on the job training before the Level 6 programme you can overlap from a higher apprenticeship programme. Many employers are now partnering with leading universities across the country to offer degree level apprenticeships to help advance your learning opportunities.
Just like studying at university a degree level apprenticeship takes between 3 to 6 years to complete you will achieve this by on the job training with your employer and training provider and then part-time study at the designated university for your apprenticeship course.
To qualifying for a degree apprenticeship you will need to have at least Level 3 qualifications of 2 A-Levels, NVQ and BTEC or have completely the advanced apprenticeship. Level 6 and 7 are also a natural progression from a higher apprenticeship.
Find companies advertising degree apprenticeship jobs on our website.
How do I become an apprentice in London?
To become an apprentice in London you first need to register to become an apprentice and set up your apprentice profile you can then search for apprentice jobs in London using our quick and easy search tool.
Who recruits apprentices in London?
Companies all across London are advertising apprenticeships from TFL to leading banking giants like Barclays.
No matter which borough of London you live in the likelihood is there will be an apprenticeship opportunity near you.
Do I need to live in London to apply for an apprenticeship?
You do not need to live in London, anyone can apply for an apprenticeship anywhere. If you do live outside London when you are applying for an apprenticeship but your intention is to relocate then make this clear on your CV or cover letter.
How many apprenticeships are advertised in London?
Each month it is estimated that over 10,000 apprenticeship job opportunities are advertised across a number of online resources.
How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship in London?
Depending on the level of apprenticeship and the subject area you are studying an apprenticeship can take from between 12 months and five years.
How much will I be paid as an apprentice in London?
Pay for apprentices in London varies a lot depending on the apprenticeship level you are studying, however on average the pay for apprentices across London is around £15,000 - £30,000.
Can I do a Degree Apprenticeship in London?
Yes. Degree apprenticeships are offered by a number of different companies across a vast number of industries from Information Technology to construction apprenticeships or telecom apprenticeships.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a form of further education which offers on the job training for you to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst studying part-time with an apprenticeship training provider, college or university through workshops or classroom training.
Apprenticeship training has to be delivered by a registered apprenticeship training provider which can also be an employer-provider, where the employer you are training through are on the register of training providers to be able to deliver their own training requirements. If an employer acts as an employer-provider they will usually employ a number of people such as Apprenticeship Assessors, Mentors and Managers to support you through your apprenticeship programme.
During your apprenticeship you will receive a salary and all the other benefits permanent employees receive. An apprenticeship job is only for a specified time as stipulated at the beginning of your apprenticeship training which can last anything from 12 months to 5 years.
To find our more about apprenticeships please refer to our What is an Apprenticeship? guide.
Why should you start an apprenticeship?
If you are considering your post 16 options you probably wouldn't have considered an apprenticeship a few years ago and would be struggling or worrying what to do when you leave school. It is a legal requirement for you to now stay in some form of further education until the age of 18 and you now have three options A-Levels, College or an Apprenticeship.
You can start an apprenticeship at the age of 16 through the Intermediate or Advanced level apprenticeship programmes across many industry sectors from Construction, Technology or even Marketing. There are no entry requirements for the intermediate apprenticeship, however you will need at least 5 GCSE's at grade 4 (previously C grade) or above to qualify for the advanced apprenticeship. On completion of the intermediate you will gain the qualifying criteria for a level 3.
The best reason for starting an apprenticeship is on completion of each level you will receive a nationally recognised qualification from an NVQ all the way up to a degree level apprenticeship such as a Bachelors or Masters.
How can you become an apprentice?
There are a number of ways to become an apprentice so we thought we would list them for you:
- Register with websites like ourselves, there are others available.
- Apprenticeship Job Fairs are great for meeting employers and training providers.
- Contact training providers in your area, a simple Google search "Training providers near me" will give you the information you need.
- Contact your local colleges or universities or visit their websites to see if they offer apprenticeship training.
- UCAS promote apprenticeship opportunities on their website on behalf of employers.
- Do some research on apprenticeships and find a topic or industry that you would like to start an apprenticeship in and then research local companies in those sectors and visit their websites to see if they offer apprenticeship training and apply directly with them.
FAQs about Apprenticeships in London