Apprenticeships – UAL Careers


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Progress your career with an apprenticeship at UAL

A real job with training to help you progress

An Apprenticeship is a real job with a programme of training to support you to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for the role and your career progression. 

As an employed member of UAL staff, you will work towards a recognised qualification and the completion of your apprenticeship training will be a condition of your contract of employment. You will be entitled to all the same staff benefits as other members of UAL staff. 

We recruit apprenticeship posts throughout the year. All posts can be found on this page, below the frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions 

UAL is a London Living Wage employer. The specific salary for the apprenticeship role will be advertised in the job advert.

As a full-time employed UAL Apprentice, you will spend 6 hours per week on learning and development activities and working towards your apprenticeship qualification. This is called ‘Off-the-job Training.’ You will complete a programme of training, delivered by one of our selected training partners and you will be supported by a workplace mentor.

UAL is an apprenticeship levy payer. This means that we can fund apprentice training fees at no cost to the apprentice. However, for us to access this funding, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria.

You must already have the right to work in the UK


Have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last 3 years.

The Government funding rules for apprenticeships specify who is eligible.

However, there are some exclusions and exceptions to these criteria which are documented in Annex A of the ESFA employer Apprenticeship funding rules. If you require specific advice about your eligibility, please contact us on

Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor visa applications for Apprenticeship positions as they do not meet the minimum qualifying criteria for sponsorship requirements.

You will need to provide evidence to demonstrate your eligibility.

There is no upper age limit, but you must be over 16 years of age to start an apprenticeship. We will accept applications from you if you are 15 years old, as long as you turn 16 before the apprenticeship employment start date.

Some apprenticeships will have educational entry requirements, and some will not.

The information will be noted on the advert and/or Job Profile. Please make sure you take time to read these carefully.

Apprenticeships are designed to develop new knowledge and skills at a higher level than you already have, or at any level in a new vocational area. So, you will not normally be eligible if you already hold the same or similar qualification in the same vocational area.

For example: If you already hold a Degree (Level 6) in Business Management then it is unlikely that you will be eligible for a Level 3 apprenticeship role in Business Administration. However, you would be eligible to apply for an apprenticeship in a different vocational area, for example data analytics.

Maths and English requirements:

Some apprenticeships will require you to already have maths and English GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Some will allow you to start without having these GCSE’s, but you will be required to achieve a Functional Skill at Level 2 as part of the apprenticeship.

If you have an Education or Health Care Plan or Statement of Additional Needs, then this maths and English requirement may change depending on your specific needs.

If you are not sure, please contact us.

We currently recruit staff apprentices throughout the year. It is worth creating a job alert to be notified when new apprenticeship roles are advertised. See the ‘How to apply’ information below.

An apprenticeship is a combination of both work and training. Apprentices need to be committed, willing to learn, well-organised, enthusiastic and able to manage their time effectively.

The process starts with you completing an online application form. Please complete this fully and to the best of your ability as this will determine if you are shortlisted.

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to come and meet us for an interview and maybe an assessment. Full details of what to expect will be provided in advance, usually by email, so make sure you check your emails regularly. You will also need to meet the eligibility criteria for apprenticeships.

We recruit all year round. As and when vacancies become available, they will appear below.

Alternatively, you can search “apprentice” on the current vacancies page.

If there are no apprenticeships available at this time, we suggest that you set up a job alert so that you are notified as soon as we advertise any apprenticeships.

To do this you will need to

  1. Head to the Job Alerts page
  2. You will need to register for a UAL account
  3. Once you have registered and are logged in, click on your name, and then, “Manage my Vacancy Alerts”
  4. Under “Job Type” Select “Apprenticeship” and save
I still have questions 

If you have questions about your eligibility, then you can get in touch with us at:  

If you have seen a role advertised and have questions about that specific role, then please contact the person named in the advert. 


There are currently no apprentice roles available. Please register for job alerts to be kept informed of future opportunities or explore our other opportunities across UAL.

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