Fair pay for Camden apprentices - Camden Rise

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Fair pay for Camden apprentices

Camden apprentices will get a fairer deal thanks to an extra £700,000 being invested by the Council in our workforce - with higher pay increases for staff in lower grades and apprentices.

The commitment means employees will earn at least £21,231 per year (£11.31 per hour), a 6.7 per cent increase on current pay.

As part of the review, apprentice pay levels will also be increased to the London Living Wage (LLW) rate, currently £10.55 (£19,804 per year), with additional pay progression available for higher level apprentices.

The Council wants to attract Camden’s residents to begin and progress their career with us through our apprenticeships. We are paying our apprentices the London Living Wage, a wage which will increase with their qualifications to reflect their progression.

Earn while you learn

If you’ve got ambition and want to earn while you learn, a Camden apprenticeship is a great way to get your career started.

The Camden Apprenticeships service supports people of all ages living in the borough or who attended a local school. The majority (about four-fifths) of the people recruited in Camden are aged under 25.

An apprenticeship allows you to earn a salary, get work experience and complete a qualification at the same time. 

Camden Apprenticeships offers a wide range of roles with great local employers, including Exterion Media, the Francis Crick Institute, Wellcome Trust and the Council. 

Jerrie’s story

Jerrie Andrews, 23, began as an apprentice with the Council and has since progressed to a senior role as development officer for the Camden Safeguarding Children Board. 

Jerrie Andrews

Jerrie said: “I started working at Camden Council when I was 17 years old after being in retail and not enjoying it. I was an apprentice for two years here and completed my level two and my level three NVQs in business administration.

Following this, I became a personal assistant and supported the children, schools and families department for two years until I started as the Camden Safeguarding Children Board development officer.  

“I never thought I'd be in the position that I'm in now without going to university but doing my apprenticeship really helped give me the experience and the skills needed to be able to do this role. I’d really encourage anyone to do an apprenticeship because not only are you learning, you're gaining qualifications, experience and learning skills, as well as having a full-time job.”

Flexible working 

As well as full-time roles, the Council also offers some part-time apprenticeships. As a leading flexible employer and Timewise Council, our aim is to offer more jobs on a part-time basis.

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