Apprenticeships

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We’re keen to open up new routes to working at the National Trust. That’s why we’re continually growing the number and range of apprenticeships we offer. So that you can earn while you learn and take care of the special places and spaces that matter to you.

Our apprenticeships are open to everyone and offer paid work-based learning opportunities that will help you set the course for a future career in the cultural heritage sector and beyond. You don’t need to have previous experience or lots of qualifications to apply, although volunteering might give you a taste of what the role could involve. All you really need is GCSE Grade 4 (or C grade) in English and Maths, and we’ll support you to gain these qualifications if you don’t have them already.  We’re an equal opportunities employer and a member of the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Our apprenticeships vary in length, challenge and structure, depending on the occupation you’re training for. They’ll always last for a minimum of 12 months but in most cases run for longer. All apprenticeships involve off-the-job training, supported by a dedicated mentor and a separate training provider. This could involve either the training provider coming to your workplace or you attending college.

Our friendly teams will be on hand to welcome you when you start and answer any questions you might have. You’ll also be assigned a dedicated line manager and a mentor to give you all the support you need throughout your apprenticeship. While we can’t guarantee a permanent role at the end of your apprenticeship, we encourage everyone to apply for roles within the Trust and we’ll also support you to look for suitable positions elsewhere.

Typical roles

Interested in learning how to look after one of our beautiful gardens? Or helping to carry out important conservation work as part of our ranger teams? Or maybe you enjoy working with technology and want to join our IT team. Here are some of the most recent apprenticeships that we‘ve offered across the country:

Gardening

Learn what it means to be a gardener – getting stuck into both big and small projects, nurturing plants and flowers, and becoming an important part of our skilled gardening teams.

IT

Gain technical experience while you learn on the job with our IT experts, from software development through to cyber. Learn how IT forms an important part of the work we do at the Trust.

Rangering

Help us protect and conserve the natural landscapes and habitats we care for across the Trust.

Heritage crafts

Develop the skills you need to be able to work on historical buildings and keep traditional skills like joinery alive for generations to come.

Project management

Gain the skills you need for a career in project management and play a part in delivering our future project - from conservation through to building and everything in between.

Business administration

Support our teams across all areas of the Trust — from IT through to our regional hubs, you’ll be helping to look after the people who look after the places.

Gardening

Joinery

Food and Beverage

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Let our apprentices take you on a journey - from why they chose to become an apprentice to what it means to them.

Meet; Alice, Nigel, Emily, Bertie and Thomas from Gardening; Rhys and Thomas from Heritage crafts, alongside both their mentors, Ricky and Ian; and Kerry from food and beverage.

Application and interview tips

Application

  • We receive a lot of applications, and these are our top tips to help your application stand out:

    • Check your spelling – ask someone else to check it, so you can be sure it reads clearly
    • Answer the questions you’ve been asked, be concise and link it back to the advert and job role
    • We don’t expect you to have loads of experience – just lots of enthusiasm and be keen to learn, so make sure that shines through
    • Answer all the questions – don’t leave any gaps
    • If you’re applying for more than one location, we’ll ask you to identify your top three. This is so that we only interview you once across a maximum of three sites and the line managers from those sites can interview you together.
    • Your application will still be considered by all the other sites you have applied for and you may be invited to the next stage with them as well
    • If you’re relocating, research the area and review accommodation availability and transport links – we want you to make the right choice for you

Interview

  • We’ll usually interview you online via Webex with the line managers for your apprenticeship. Please do let us know if you may need any reasonable adjustments to this process – we want you to be comfortable and confident. If you progress to the next stage, we’ll invite you to the site to meet the team, have a walk around and maybe do a practical activity. This is your chance to ask questions and get a feel for the role and location. Remember, this is your future career – you’re interviewing us too. Here are some hints and tips to help you prepare for our interview:

    Before your online interview

    • Check your connection – we can arrange a test call if that helps
    • Select a suitable location where you won’t be disturbed
    • Think about your backdrop – try to remove any distractions if you can
    • Make sure your computer is plugged in – you don’t want to have a flat battery
    • Dress for success – this will help you feel more confident
    • Research the National Trust – use our external pages and read the stories from our current apprentices on this page – you can never be too prepared
    • Think about what questions you want to ask us – this is about your future too

    During the interview

    • Be ready to talk about yourself – we want to find out more about you and why you’ve applied
    • Ask for questions to be repeated if needed – we won’t mind
    • Pause if you need to and take time to think about your answers – we’ll always make sure there’s plenty of time
    • Don’t be afraid to make notes as you go and ask any questions you have at the end
    • Try to relax – we already know you have potential, that’s why we are interviewing you
Video

Inspiring the next generation of rangers

To protect our properties and enable them to prosper for many years to come, it’s important we inspire a new generation of National Trust land managers. That’s why we offer apprenticeships for aspiring rangers the length and breadth of the UK, so that they can gain hands-on experience and learn all the skills they need to succeed. In this short video, made in conjunction with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, hear from our current cohort of apprentices about how they came to be part of the scheme. Discover what they’ve learnt along the way, how their work benefits the Trust, and how they’ve been inspired to become the next generation of National Trust rangers.