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Smart Start Apprenticeship Programme

‘Helping you to get the skills you need, for the future you want’ 

Our Smart Start apprenticeship programme is a great opportunity for anyone looking to launch, or restart their business career in a new role which will provide them with an opportunity to develop the right skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be a successful in the business environment.  

At City & Guilds we have a track record of supporting employees who want to progress and accelerate their careers, and with our Smart Start apprenticeship programme you’ll have the opportunity to fast track to your chosen career.  

Our apprenticeships combine on and off-the-job learning to make sure you gain the experience needed to move onto your next job either within our organisation or somewhere else.

We will next be recruiting for Project Management Apprentices in Spring 2019. To find out more about our programme, or to register your interest to be alerted when applications are open take a look below:


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  • Who is the programme for?

      Gone are the day of apprenticeships just being for ‘young people’. Apprenticeships are for everyone. Whether you are a school leaver, a career changer, returning mum or ex-military, we are looking for confident and hard-working individuals who are eager to learn, self-motivated, and happy to get stuck in as part of a professional team. We offer a variety of different apprenticeships, at all levels, so we’re looking for someone who is motivated and driven to succeed in their chosen apprenticeship.

  • What’s in it for me?

      As a City & Guilds apprentice you will: 

      • Attend and take part in the City & Guilds Apprentice Community Sessions giving you the chance to learn through a number of developmental interventions such as Insights Discovery. 
      • Be an Apprenticeship Ambassador through our Apprentice Connect Programme spreading the word to potential apprentices  
      • Have a dedicated Apprenticeship Manager to support you during your career in the organisation  

      As a City & Guilds employee you are also entitled to an excellent Total Reward Package which typically includes:  

      • A competitive apprenticeship salary  
      • 25 days holiday, plus bank holidays and Christmas shutdown 
      • Life assurance 
      • Gymflex  
      • Generous pension  
      • Reward gateway (online retail discounts) 
      • Much more 
  • Will I have a job at the end?

      All of our apprentices start on a Fixed Term Contract, and upon successful completion of your apprenticeship your line manager will assess your suitability to move into a permanent position.  

      Some of the team’s current employees include people who have worked their way up from apprenticeships via formal career pathways. Succeeding in your apprenticeship can open the doors to a career you love and enjoy.

  • Application process

      Step 1 – Application & CV 

      For us to understand whether you’ll be a good fit for the role we’ll ask you some questions about yourself and ask you to upload a copy of your most recent CV. We understand that this can always be a bit daunting but remember, apprenticeships are all about you learning how to do a new role so we’re not expecting to you to have loads of experience in the role we just want to get to know you a bit better. 

      Step 2 - Game-based Assessment

      Once you’ve submitted your application, we’ll send you a link to complete an online game-based assessment which you can complete on your phone. It’s really easy and pretty fun, so no need to think too much about it, just play away. At the end of the game you’ll receive a report which shows you your strengths and areas for development.


      Step 3 – Assessment Centre & Face to Face Interview

      After you complete the game we’ll be in touch to let you know how you have done and if we would like to see you at our assessment day. This will include a group exercise as well as an interview with a senior manager and an HR representative.

  • Register your interest

      Applications for our apprenticeship programme are currently closed. Please click here to be added to our mailing list and notified once applications reopen in Spring.