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“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.”

The apprenticeship scheme, in line with our Capital Youth objectives, aims to stimulate parish mission among young people and raise up a new generation of children and youth workers from within our communities.

At the core of the scheme is a partnership between each parish and the Diocese. Apprentices are employed for three years by the Diocese of London, working within a parish and studying with Ridley Hall Cambridge at their London Teaching Centre. Apprentices will gain valuable experience as they work within a parish to expand and develop the children’s and/or youth ministry.

Join the scheme in 2019

Applications for both parishes and apprentices are now open for September 2019. If you would like to find out more about joining the scheme, contact our Apprenticeship Programme Coordinator or call us on 020 3837 5142.

Hear from some of our Apprentices

About the scheme

As part of its focus on supporting work with children, young people and families, the Bishop of London’s Mission Fund launched an apprentice scheme in 2015 for children and youth workers in the Diocese of London. We have now run the scheme for three years, with 12 apprentices working in parishes across London.

The scheme employs an apprentice to work within a parish for three full years, enabling parishes to significantly expand or develop their youth and children’s ministry.

Apprentices work within the parish whilst studying a Certificate in Higher Education at Ridley Hall, London. Apprentices are paid the London Living Wage (currently £10.20/hour) and the structure of the apprenticeship is as follows:

Year 1Employed for 25 hours a week, with 20 hours in the parish, and 5 hours set aside for study. Apprentices complete an introductory level 4 module in “Foundations in Theology, Ministry and Mission” with a focus on youth and children’s work.
2 & 3
Employed for 20 hours, with 15 in parish and 5 set aside for study. Apprentices complete a Level 4 course in “Foundations in Theology, Ministry and Mission” with a focus on youth and children’s work.


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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 who are able to find a potential apprentice from within their congregation.

Parishes are able to apply without an internal apprentice, as 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, parishes must have a vision to meet local needs, with evidenced intention of:

  • A long term mind-set
  • An intention to integrate the apprentice into leadership team
  • The vision and ability to line-manage an apprentice well
  • Combining realism with flexibility
  • Engaging whole church
  • Building strong volunteer base
  • Focusing on building relationships
  • Integrating faith and discipleship
  • A ‘Whole Life’ approach to people

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

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/children’s ministry, as well as a genuine desire to serve their local community through the church. It is not anticipated that at the start 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 and enthusiastic and an ability to manage their own workload.

Personal attributes

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

The application process

March 2018 onwardsArea Archdeacon commends parishes. Interested parishes complete Initial Apprentice Application form (available for download at the bottom of this page)
April 2018 onwardsApprenticeship Project Coordinator visits parishes and supports to write Project Bid. Potential apprentices to contact Apprenticeship Project Coordinator for an application form by e: apprentices@nulllondon.anglican.org or t: 020 3837 5142.
June 2018 TBCClosing date for apprenticeship applications from linked and outside apprentices
July 2018 TBCApprentice interviews at London Diocesan House, Causton St.
July 2018 TBCParish Project Bids submitted along with feedback from interviews. BLMF allocates funds to successful bids.
September 2018Apprentices begin work on parish placement subject to pre-employment and DBS checks.

Apprenticeship Scheme responsibilities

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

ParishDiocese of LondonRidley Hall
Line ManagementEmploymentCert HE (Level 4) in Theology, Mission and Ministry, with a focus on Youth and Children’s work
Parish fee of £5000 per yearLine manager and apprentice supportStudy support
Project and apprentice running costsApprentice social events
Providing an appropriate supervisor


Parish / Apprentice Application  Download  


Parish / Apprentice Application  Download  

Join the scheme in 2018

Applications for both parishes and apprentices are now open for September 2018. If you would like to find out more about joining the scheme, contact our Apprenticeship Programme Coordinator or call us on 020 3837 5142.

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