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Apprenticeships

Develop your talent in our Skills Academy.

Apprenticeships are a great way to invest in your future. We offer a wide range of year-round apprenticeship opportunities and the chance to learn while you earn. 

Building your future at one of the UK's leading affordable homes-led placemakers, while becoming a part of ours.

Apprentices across Places for People join our Skills Academy. Places for People Skills Academy is a two-year supported programme that welcomes apprenticeships into all areas of the organisation at any level. Alongside your professional qualification, you will benefit from a structured learning and development programme focusing on developing skills, knowledge and behaviours.

Every apprentice will begin their learning straight away – on and off the job.

Learners will receive a full induction, monthly 1-2-1s, a digital workbook delivered on our online learning platform, cohort learning and senior-led learning activities. This will include you getting together with other apprentices each year to complete our cohort challenge.

Our apprenticeship development programmes are underpinned by the values of the Skills Builder Partnership, with all our learners able to access their online skills assessment and learning tools.

As part of your apprenticeship you will be enrolled onto one of our professional qualification courses, delivered by our expert training providers. All of our providers are Ofsted inspected and have regular reviews to make sure they supporting our learners.

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Benefits of becoming an apprentice

  1. Job ready

You will learn the skills and knowledge that are the most relevant to your job role, making you more employable.

  1. Earn and learn

You earn a salary and do not have any fees or debt for training and tuition. The funding comes from the Government so you won't be tied into a learning contract or need to pay anything back.

  1. Gain professional accreditations

You’ll gain industry-recognised, professional accreditations, demonstrating your expertise within your field.

  1. Support

Your support network as an apprentice is huge. With the Early Careers team, your local People team, line manager, buddy, wider team, as well as your training provider and skills coach, you will have lots of personal and professional support.

Frequently asked questions

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train and gain qualifications while you work.

  • You are treated just like any other employee, with a contract of employment, a salary and holiday leave.
  • You are given real responsibilities.
  • You will spend at least 20% of your time completing off-the-job training, sometimes at a college, university or with an independent training provider.
  • You will train to be fully competent in your chosen occupation.
Who can do an apprenticeship?

Anybody can do an apprenticeship, as long as you are aged 16 or over, living in England, and not in full-time education. This includes people who already have degrees.  

Entry requirements

Each apprenticeship vacancy will include the skills and qualities that we are looking for in our apprentices. These will be reflected of the entry requirements of the professional qualification and wont be added to any role unnecessarily.

What is the application process?

Application form

You will first need to complete our online application form. This form asks you for your personal details and to upload a CV and a supporting statement. Many of our apprenticeships are entry-level roles so we understand that your CVs may not include lots of work experience. Instead, use the supporting statement to tell us a bit more about you, your goals, and why you want the role.

Video interview

This isn't as daunting as it sounds. We will send you some simple questions and ask you to record your answers. We hire apprentices for their personality, attitude, and unlocked potential, and you can use this video interview to demonstrate what you're made of.

Assessment centres and interview

Assessment centres are the final stage of the recruitment process, and it’s a great achievement to get to this stage. Assessment centres and interviews give you the opportunity to demonstrate a wide range of skills while completing a number of different activities. They allow the assessors to understand your current skills and the development you would need to thrive.

How will I study as an apprentice?

In apprenticeships, this is called ‘off-the-job training’ and should equate to 20% of your time. Your off-the-job training will be completed within your paid hours and will fit around the job commitment.

There are different ways that off-the-job training can be delivered, and this will depend on the role and qualification. Anytime you are learning in role will count towards this. Off-the-job training could include:

  • Once a week (day release)
  • In blocks of a week or more at scheduled times (e.g. a week in September)
  • Studying online
  • A combination of the above

Your employer will select the apprenticeship training provider that will support you with your programme.

What will I be paid?

Salaries for apprenticeships differ based on business area, experience and qualification type. As an organisation, we are committed to opening up our apprenticeship opportunities – therefore we will never pay less than the minimum wage for people aged between 21-22.

Our apprentices

"I work for a fantastic organisation alongside wonderful people each and every day, but not only that, I’m getting paid to further my career.

Each week I’m given time away from Places for People to attend college and undertake my CIPD HR qualification. When I complete it in June, I’ll be moving over to our People Services team, managing HR issues and payroll – something colleagues are already giving me a taster of."

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