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Apprenticeship Track

Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills, while earning a salary. An Apprenticeship lasts for a minimum of 12 months and offers a combination of Accredited training and paid work-experience.

YMCA West London’s Apprenticeship Track provides a career pathway into the front-line services that we deliver. Currently our apprenticeships include:

  • Childcareapprenticeships
  • Youth work
  • Catering
  • Restaurant Front of House

In future years we hope to offer apprenticeships in Housing as well.

What can an apprentice expect?
When you join YMCA West London’s Apprenticeship Programme we make a commitment to help you develop your full potential in the role you are in. We want to make your time with us a transformative year, that helps you to take steps towards getting the career of your dreams. We are dedicated to making your learning a fun, interesting and challenging experience.


We recognise and respect that people are individuals and will positively contribute to this by including a Mentoring Programme that runs alongside the formal training and Line Management support you will receive.

What is included in the placement?

  • A comprehensive induction into the organisation, Apprentice programme, and the specific job.: This will include topics such as professional boundaries, health and safety, social norms of the workplace, communication skills.
  • A Line Manager who offers regular support, direction, feedback and evaluation of your work based on a set of core competencies and professional appraisals.
  • An Accredited qualification relevant to the role you are in.
  • Additional training where relevant.
  • A ‘buddy’, who will be one of your colleagues, and will support you in learning the day to day duties and responsibilities of your role.
  • A Mentor: this person will meet with you on a monthly basis for at least the first 7 months of your placement. They will provide you with support outside of your workplace setting to help you make the most out of your placement.

What do we expect from you?

  • A genuine commitment to the role you are applying for.
  • Commitment to working in a team and becoming a valued member of the organisation
  • Willingness to identify the skills and knowledge that you need to learn – and the dedication to put the effort in to do this during your placement.
  • To participate in the full range of training opportunities provided.
  • Willingness to reflect on your own behaviour and be able to accept constructive feedback.
  • Enthusiasm to work within the vision and values of the organisation
  • To be motivated, pro-active and use initiative.
  • To be flexible and able to adapt to change to meet the needs of the service.
  • To able to commit to a twelve month full time Apprenticeship and fulfil the criteria set out in the Position Description.

Duration of the apprenticeship/traineeship
Apprentices will be offered a short-term contract for 12 months. The Apprentices are subject to successful probation reviews at three and six month interval.

When the apprenticeship finishes: what’s next?
As an Apprentice placement nears its end, if the Apprentice decides to pursue a career in their chosen role, they will be offered some assistance in applying for jobs and interview preparation from their Mentor, or through YMCA West London’s Job clubs.

There is, however, no guarantee of a paid job after the completion of the apprenticeship/traineeship.

What if YMCA West London doesn’t run an apprenticeship that I am interested in?

If we don’t offer an Apprenticeship that you want, then there is bound to be someone who does. Visit www.apprenticeships.gov.uk to find out about more opportunities in the local area.