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The Apprenticeship Scheme, funded by the Bishop of London’s Mission Fund (BLMF), aims to fuel new mission activity among young people in Parishes across the Diocese of London, and to raise up a new generation of youth workers from within our communities. In September we are looking to recruit 4 more apprentices.

The scheme works alongside parishes across the Diocese of London as they look to develop their ministry among children and young people, through employing and training Apprentice Youth and Children’s Workers to work within parishes for three full years.

Apprentices are employed by the Diocese of London, and work under the direction and support of the parish leadership team to begin, establish or develop the youth and/or children’s ministries of that parish.

Apprentices also study Theology, Ministry and Mission with Ridley London, the London training centre of Ridley Hall Cambridge, they are paid the London Living Wage, and gain valuable experience of parish ministry with young people.

“We have loved benefiting from this scheme and wouldn’t have been able to do many of the things that are taking place and growing through St Luke’s without it.”

“When I first started my role, I had many anxieties. But I have grown to love my work with children and young people…I’ve done things that I never thought I could before.”
– Apprenticeship Scheme Graduate

Apply to join the scheme in 2021

If you would like to find out more about joining the scheme, contact our Apprenticeship Programme Coordinator or call us on 020 3837 5141

Hear from some of our Apprentices

About the scheme

The Apprenticeship scheme was launched in 2015 by the Bishop of London’s Mission Fund (BLMF). The scheme sits within Capital Youth, which focuses on supporting parish work with children, young people and families within the Diocese of London.

Each year the scheme funds apprentices in four parishes across the Diocese. Parishes apply to the BLMF be considered for the scheme, and an initial application form can be found at the bottom of this page.

We’ve answered a few FAQs below, but if you have any other questions please get in touch at apprentices@nulllondon.anglican.org, or by phone on 020 3837 5141. We’d love to hear from you!

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How much does it cost?

The Diocese employs the apprentices directly with BLMF funding, and Parishes are asked to contribute £7,000 per year towards the costs.

There is no cost to apprentices, who are paid a salary at London Living Wage. At the moment this is £11.05/hour, and is recalculated every November. The academic course is paid for by the Diocese.

The apprenticeship structure

Apprentices are employed for 21 hours a week:

  • 16 hours in the parish
  • 5 hours set aside for study

The curriculum is broken down as follows:

Year 1 Apprentices complete an introductory level 4 module in “Foundations in Theology, Ministry and Mission”, studying at Ridley London, with a focus on youth and children’s work. This gives them access to the Cert HE in years 2 and 3.
2 & 3
Apprentices complete the Cert HE (Level 4) course in “Foundations in Theology, Ministry and Mission” with a focus on youth and children’s work.


What do we look for in an apprentice?

A potential candidate for the scheme needs to demonstrate that they want to pursue this opportunity because they have a heart for youth and/or children’s ministry, as well as a genuine desire to serve their local community through the church. It is not anticipated at the start that the apprentice will be fully skilled in all areas of the job description, but that they will be aspiring to achieve them through training and experience.

Examples of what apprentices on the scheme have done so far:

  • Establish a youth group from scratch
  • Lead a Youth Alpha course
  • Support lunchtime clubs in a local school
  • Outreach through football/dance
  • Volunteer at a local charity supporting young refugees and asylum seekers.

To join the programme, potential candidates need to demonstrate:

  • They are a practicing Christian
  • Qualifications obtained at Level 2 (GCSE or NVQ) in Maths, English and IT (or a willingness to work to obtain these in the first year of the scheme)
  • Experience in youth/children’s work
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

Aptitudes and abilities of an applying individual

  • Willingness to commit to a three year apprenticeship programme which will include study, theory-based assessments, regular attendance at college and additional learning activities
  • An ability to engage and work with young people and adults
  • A readiness to reflect on experiences and learning
  • A commitment to others and to work for equal opportunities
  • An ability to manage different aspects of life and to work on own initiative
  • An ability to communicate in a friendly and professional manner with others face-to-face, via telephone and in writing
  • A clear Enhanced DBS check (to be carried out by the Diocese at offer stage)
  • An ability to integrate well into a small team environment
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and an ability to manage their own workload.

Personal attributes

  • High personal integrity
  • Flexible in approach
  • Ability to work confidentially
  • Sympathetic to the aims of the Church of England.

What do we look for in a parish?

The scheme is open to parishes in the Diocese of London. We are looking primarily for parishes with a potential apprentice within their congregation, however there is a possibility that a suitable apprentice could be recruited externally.

Parishes will be supported to write a Project Bid for funding, demonstrating their suitability for the scheme.

To be considered for the scheme, parishes must show that they have the following:

  • A vision to meet local needs
  • A long term mind-set
  • The vision and ability to line-manage an apprentice well
  • An intention to integrate the apprentice into the leadership/staff team
  • The ability to combine realism with flexibility
  • An intention to engage the whole church
  • The vision to build a strong volunteer base
  • A focus on building relationships
  • An intention to integrate faith and discipleship
  • A ‘Whole Life’ approach to people

An initial parish application form can be found at the bottom of this page.

The application process

If you are a parish or a potential apprentice and are interested in applying to the scheme, please get in touch so that we can send you the right documents and support you through the process.

Recruitment timeline:

  • Deadline for applications: 29 April 2022
  • Interviews for apprentices: w/c 9 May 2022
  • We will let you know if you have been successful by 17 June 2022


If there are still spaces remaining on the scheme, we will re-open for more applications:

  • Deadline for applications:  27 May 2022
  • Interviews for Apprentices:  w/c 6 June 2022
  • We will let you know if you have been successful by 17 June 2022

Apprenticeship Scheme responsibilities

The scheme entails a commitment by host parishes, the Diocese, and Ridley Hall to provide the following.

Parish Diocese of London Ridley Hall
Line Management Employment Cert HE (Level 4) in Theology, Mission and Ministry, with a focus on Youth and Children’s work
Paying the Parish fee Line manager and apprentice support Study support
Project and apprentice running costs Apprentice social events and specialised training
Providing an appropriate supervisor


Apprenticeship intro pack  Download  

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about joining the scheme, contact our Apprenticeship Programme Coordinator or call us on 020 3837 5141

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