Our apprenticeship programme

We run an all-age apprenticeship programme for recent school/college leavers and people (aged between 16 and 64-years-old) looking to re-train in a new career.

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What does an apprenticeship involve?

Apprenticeships last a minimum of 12 months and the training provided is dependant on the programme and provider. All our apprenticeships follow these 5 stages.

  1. Initial assessment
    Application, eligibility, assessments and induction
  2. On programme 
    Off-the-job training, main qualification and English and Maths (Level 1 or 2)
  3. Assessment gateway
    Practice mock assessments to confirm the apprentice is ready for the end point assessment
  4. End point assessment
    Observation of working, multiple choice exam and reflective journal or interview
  5. Completion
    Achievement and certification

If your application and assessments are successful, during your induction, these stages will be explained in full.

The benefits of an apprenticeship with Hillingdon

  • A nationally-recognised qualification 
  • Job specific skills for your chosen career
  • A salary with paid holidays
  • Workplace-based training and (where appropriate) off-site training and/or e-learning
  • Experience of working alongside colleagues in a team environment
  • The opportunity to gain qualifications in English, Maths and ICT whilst completing your apprenticeship

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Hillingdon's apprenticeship programmeOpportunities in different services

Opportunities are available across a wide range of services, including but not limited to: 

  • Business Administration 
  • Building Control 
  • Finance/Accountancy
  • Human Resources
  • Horticulture
  • Town Planning
  • Legal Services
  • Social Care

Interested in joining our apprenticeship scheme?

If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship at Hillingdon Council, search our current vacancies and/or sign up for job alerts, selecting 'Apprenticeships' for job type.

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All job applications should be completed online. 

Read our guidance for job applicants

What our apprentices say

Matthew Bateman 

Matt, trainee social workerWe are the first council in London to offer an apprenticeship programme for trainee social workers. Matthew, 37, is one of 11 new recruits. 

The 3-year programme gives Matthew and his fellow apprentices the chance to study for their social work degree while working and earning money.

Ealing-born Matthew used to be a youth worker in the creative arts field. Wanting a new challenge, he decided to embark on a change of career that allowed him to work with families and make a difference in people's lives. 

He said: "This apprenticeship gives me the opportunity to work with local agencies and charities as well. A social work degree is also well regarded and there is good career progression.

"I would definitely recommend that people give it a go. It's a great way to get more skills while receiving a wage."

Chloe-Mai Parfitt 

Chloe, Junior Content ProductionChloe-Mai, 23, is enrolled on a Junior Content Production Level 3 apprenticeship with the council's Corporate Communications team, which is responsible for keeping residents updated with council news and priorities. 

Chloe's 15-month course is giving her invaluable experience in producing text, images and videos for the council's digital channels, including its website and social media pages. 

Chloe, who lives in South Ruislip, completed a degree in creative writing at Winchester University and wasn't aware that she was eligible for an apprenticeship until a relative sent her information about the role.

"Media jobs are notoriously difficult to get into," said Chloe, "and I was working as a supervisor at Starbucks while looking for an opportunity to use the skills I had developed at university. This apprenticeship allows me to get the experience I need to make this my career. I have always been a Hillingdon resident, so it's also nice to be involved in what's happening in my area."

Page last updated: 10 Nov 2020