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Being an apprentice is a great way to start your career and gain a recognised qualification while getting paid. 

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We create apprenticeship opportunities across a variety of different careers. With apprenticeships providing you with foundation experience (level 2) opportunities, through to some that take you to professional qualifications including degrees (level 7), giving you an opportunity to earn while you learn.

Our apprenticeship programme combines work experience, training and a competitive London Living Wage salary. We are always expanding the types of apprenticeships we are looking for, take a look at the ones we’ve been running over the past few years:

  • Accountancy
  • Adult Care
  • Business administration
  • Construction
  • Content Producer
  • Communications/marketing
  • Customer Service
  • Data Analyst
  • Digital Marketer
  • Hospitality
  • HR Support
  • Para Legal
  • Payroll
  • Solicitor
  • Sports and Health

Our apprenticeships are aimed at local residents, with priority given to care leavers if the minimum criteria set out in the job details and person specification is met.

How we can support you

If you’re looking for an apprenticeship, we can help you to:

  • find a suitable training provider and employer
  • understand your careers options
  • create or update your CV
  • improve your interview skills
  • complete job applications and putting you forward for council apprenticeships
  • search for jobs
  • providing ‘better-off-in-work’ calculations and benefit advice

If you need our help with your application, you can register at one of our job shops. 

Register with Barking and Dagenham job shops

Other local apprenticeships

You can find more apprenticeship opportunities and lots of useful information at the Find An Apprenticeship service website and the apprenticeships website. There's a useful apprenticeship guide at GOV.UK and at the National Careers Service.

Search for other local apprenticeships


If you feel that you're not quite ready for an apprenticeship, you should consider a traineeship. This is a course with work experience that get's you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months.

Find out more and search for traineeships at GOV.UK

Apprenticeship Levy Transfer scheme

This is a scheme to transfer our unspent Apprenticeship Levy funds in order to support more businesses to offer apprenticeships in the borough.

Our goal is to improve access to decent jobs and training for residents by encouraging more local employers to offer apprenticeships and setting an expectation that these should provide high quality training with clear employment and wage gains.

In total more than £500,000 a year could be available to cover the training costs of employers offering apprenticeships to Barking and Dagenham residents. The financial advantage for non-levy paying organisations is about £200 for an entry level qualification, rising to £2,700 for higher level apprenticeships.

This scheme is open to any non-levy paying employer offering an apprenticeship to a Barking and Dagenham resident. Levy-payers that have used up their Levy entitlement may also apply. Applications will not be considered from Apprenticeship Training Agencies.

Specific apprenticeship posts must be identified. The transfer can only be used for apprenticeship training. The organisation the funding is transferred to is responsible for paying the apprentice salary.

Application process

Please use the form below to review the criteria and complete an application form.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis by a panel consisting of the Head of Employment and Enterprise Strategy, the Apprenticeship Manager and/or the Head of HR, and other colleagues where relevant to the applications.

Applicants must fill out the form below setting out their plans, including whether and how they fulfil the minimum and priority criteria. This form should then be submitted to businessforum@lbbd.gov.uk

Barking and Dagenham Apprenticeship Levy Transfer scheme: criteria (DOCX, 35KB)

Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Request - application for external organisations (DOCX, 28KB)

Public sector apprenticeship target

We have for many years invested in a successful apprenticeship programme, and is committed to recruiting and developing apprentices as a means of providing high quality training opportunities both for new starters and for our existing workforce.

As part of our statutory requirements we must report on our progress in meeting the public sector apprenticeship target. The target is for new apprenticeship starts, which includes both newly employed apprentices and any existing employees that have begun an apprenticeship. Each local authority’s target is based on the headcount of their organisation (not FTE), and will include community and voluntary controlled schools, Fire and Rescue Services and other services where the local or combined authority is the employer.  The legislation that introduced the target is clear that public bodies in scope should ‘have regard to’ it, however there are currently no sanctions in place for any public body that fails to meet its target.

Data submitted to the Department of Education on the 28 September 2020
Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2020.7,589
Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2020.6,975
Number of new employees who started working for you in England between 1 April 2019 to March 2020.937
Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2020.95
Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2020.95
Number of new apprentices in England whose apprenticeship agreements started between 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 (This includes both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship).72