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Many employers offer apprenticeships with flexible hours to suit candidates’ commitments. Training providers offer support for those with additional needs.
You can access the Camden Apprenticeships service if you:
are a Camden resident, former Camden secondary school student or Camden care leaver
are aged 16 or above
Camden care leavers who meet our minimum application criteria will be guaranteed an invitation to our pre-screening interviews when Camden Apprenticeships is managing the recruitment campaign. Those who meet our minimum pre-screening criteria will be recommended to the employer/manager for final interviews.
You can apply for as many jobs as you like.
Camden Apprenticeships recruit based on attitude and aptitude. We spot potential in our candidates, not just GCSE results.
An apprenticeship is an entry-level role where young people can gain experience, an employment reference and a nationally recognised qualification.
An apprenticeship can be a great introduction to working life and lead directly into a career. Apprentices earn while they learn, avoiding student debt and tuition fees.
Advanced Apprenticeships can be used as UCAS points for entry to higher education such as Foundation Degrees.
We have placed apprentices in a wide variety of sectors and businesses, including:
creative and digital media
We have also placed apprentices in national organisations as well as small and medium sized employers who are keen to help local young people get a foot in the door.
Higher Apprenticeships are also available in many subject areas, including engineering, nursing, surveying, business administration and management. They enable young people to work towards an undergraduate or master’s degree via an apprenticeship. The qualifications are created by employers for employers, and act as a stepping-stone into different industries.
How much could I earn?
You can find details of the minimum apprenticeship wage on gov.uk. Many employers pay a higher salary than the apprenticeship minimum.
Camden Apprenticeships encourage all our employers to pay a fair salary. We do not promote roles if the employer is paying the apprenticeship minimum wage, as we believe this is too low.
Camden Apprenticeships works with employers to create vacancies that are exclusive to Camden residents, or those who attended a Camden Secondary School. This means roles are open to a smaller pool and candidates have a higher chance of success.
We also offer application and interview support to people interested in taking up an apprenticeship. Please email us if you would like advice before applying.
Camden Apprenticeships offer free support to employers in and around Camden to set up apprenticeship schemes and recruit the best people for their business.
We have already placed over 700 apprentices into work with local employers and have a strong candidate pool ready for apprenticeships in all different industries and sectors.
Check out our online self-service tool to find out more information about employing apprentices, and tell us what you are looking for. A member of the team will then be in touch to see how we can help you.
Benefits of apprentices
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, leading to national recognised qualifications and providing the skilled workers you need for the future. Qualifications are available all the way to degree level and cover more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles.
With an apprenticeship, you can enhance your workforce. 89% of employers say that the enthusiasm of their apprentices makes their business more productive, and that higher and degree level apprenticeships allow apprentices to access technical skills that are vital to performance and business growth.
An apprenticeship also offers the opportunity to bring a fresh perspective to your business, attracting new talent and offering progression and development to a skilled and qualified workforce. They also help lower recruitment costs.
We can help and support the delivery of PSHE lessons or assemblies and come along to career fairs and events.
A resource pack has been developed for teachers and careers advisors which can be used with a range of audiences. Material includes fact sheets, teacher resource sheets and activity sheets. These can be used as appropriate with each audience:
Single mother of twin toddlers Carly started out as a part time Level 2 Customer Service Apprenticeship in Camden’s Swiss Cottage Library. Having been on benefits, Carly decided a part time apprenticeship would provide a manageable route back into employment. Juggling work and lone parenting was not easy, but Carly managed to adapt to a new routine of work and study, excelling in her role, learning new skills and successfully completing her apprenticeship qualification.
With newfound confidence and a wider skill set, Carly was offered a permanent job at Gospel Oak Children’s Centre as Administration Finance Officer. The centre had been running thus far with no administration support, so Carly faced eight months’ worth of data and paperwork to organise. However, Carly says her experience as an apprentice left her unfazed. She quickly introduced new systems and spotted issues that had previously gone unnoticed. Carly’s manager is delighted with her contribution, saying ‘Carly is well-known in the community and acts as an excellent advocate for the centre. She has been extremely supportive to the team, service users and partner agencies.’
Carly hopes her achievements will inspire other parents to consider part time/flexible apprenticeships. She feels strongly that the difficult journey was worth the effort, having achieved so much, so quickly.
I was in a difficult home situation and at 14 was under the care of Social Services Looked After Children’s Team. I faced lots of challenges and also found out I was pregnant. After having my baby I had to work very hard to prove I am a good mum.
I decided to move on to an apprenticeship because I knew it would enable me to gain a qualification at the same time as progressing my career. I am in my first year at Camden Council working part time as a Level 2 Apprentice Customer Service Officer. I work from 9am to 3pm, which allows me to meet both work and family requirements.
In so many ways. I have been able to put many different skills into practice. I need to ensure I offer a good duty of care and behave in a professional manner. I have had training in a range of areas including penalty notices, using the switchboard, universal credit and rents.
I have had three different managers and they have all been phenomenal and provided me with amazing support. After I complete my Level 2, I’d like to progress to a Level 3 Apprenticeship, and one day become a Councillor.
To those considering an apprenticeship, I would say go for it - get your foot in the door. Often if there is a will, there is a way.
K10 – an employer’s perspective on part time/flexible apprenticeships
Peter is the Apprenticeship Programme Manager for K10, a construction company and supplier to Camden Council. He recruited four business administration apprentices to his company on a part time basis, specifically targeting unemployed parents. ‘Being a single parent or carer comes with a wide range of pressures and responsibilities. It’s essential to ensure that talented individuals can kick-start their career whilst looking after their children’ he said.
K10 placed the apprentices with host employers, investing in HR resources and aftercare systems to deal with pastoral issues that arose. One of Peter’s apprentices explained, ‘Peter fitted my hours around my son’s school times so I could pick him up. Whenever I had a problem I went to Peter and he just sorted out it. He’s so helpful! This really assisted me back into work.’
Peter specifically chose placements involving work on major projects, enabling apprentices to glean the widest range of skills.
Peter’s diligence as a mentor in providing wraparound support enabled the apprentices to focus on their work and complete their qualifications, after which all four were offered permanent jobs having proven their value as loyal employees. This fantastic outcome serves as an example of best practice that has encouraged other employers to follow suit. Part-time, flexible apprenticeships are now part of our mainstream apprenticeship offer. ‘It has been a pleasure to see the apprentices develop their skills and knowledge. Credit to them for the effort that they have put in to reach this point’ he says.
Manager’s perspective: Customer Services Manager, Camden Council
Within our team, Richard decided to recruit apprentices having developed the philosophy ‘build you own’. He works in Contact Camden, which is the ‘face’ of Camden Council for residents. Richard explains, 'It’s good to get local people into roles and build bridges between service users and those who work for the service. Having apprentices has bought a lot to the team.'
Most recently he wanted to consider applicants wanting full or part time hours. 'We currently have 6 apprentices in the team and they all bring something different - fresh ideas, enthusiasm, energy and much more. We provide a supported environment where they can grow and learn from their mistakes. They experience a wide ranging of tasks as they will get the opportunity to deal with every type of query from the diverse population. They gain a lot of knowledge and develop excellent customer service, people management and project management skills.Virtually every apprentice we have had working for us has progressed to another job within the council or elsewhere.'
Richard has a flexible approach. 'When considering working hours, I think you need to be willing to rewrite the rule book a little and consider what your apprentices could bring to the service regardless of the hours they work. I believe if they have the right attitude and skills than it can work.'
Manager's perspective - Economic Development Officer, Camden Council
Chris was open to flexible working when he decided to recruit a Level 3 Business Administration apprentice to support the work of Camden’s Economic Development team, aware of the potential to attract a more diverse field of candidates.
Our apprentice had strong previous work experience and confident communication. However, the apprenticeship was her first job for a couple of years, having taken some time out to care for her two young children. With her continuing caring responsibilities she was only able to work term time and reduced hours so I designed her involvement in certain projects around her leave.
Our apprentice was a very conscientious and valuable member of the service. She supported a number of large programmes of work including the Camden Business Awards, the council’s work experience programme and the development of the team’s web and social media communications.
Balancing her childcare commitments with the requirements of the apprenticeship sometimes meant having to change her work pattern and to work additional hours to make up time. We had weekly catch-ups to assess her capacity and progress on particular tasks, and made sure she informed other managers in good time of the volume of work she was likely to be able to complete for them. On completion of her apprenticeship, has now secured a full-time role at the council.