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Did you know that the Social Housing sector is worth over £300bn? When considering the next steps in your career or education, it is likely you may not have considered the vibrant and rewarding career opportunities that are available in the housing sector. An apprenticeship is a great way to start your career in housing and to join our wonderful Riverside colleagues who help our customers and communities every day by transforming lives and revitalising neighbourhoods.

Start your career with an #IN2Riverside apprenticeship

Deciding what to do after you have finished education or deciding to change careers can be a daunting experience. You may consider going to university or to travel the world or you may want to start your career and start earning money.

An apprenticeship is the perfect blend between learning and earning – it’s a real job, with a real income, and allows you to get into work but at the same time work towards a qualification that is nationally recognised and designed specifically for your chosen profession.

By learning on the job you’ll be able to explore new possibilities and shape your career the way you want to. You will be able to develop your skills, grow in confidence and get your career off to a great start with Riverside.

If you’re the kind of person that wants to do a really great job, develop yourself and make a difference to our customers, we think an #IN2Riverside apprenticeship will be perfect for you and you’ll love it here.

Read more about the work we do, our Riverside Way, our benefits and our people by taking a look across our website.

What apprenticeship opportunities are available?

#IN2Riverside is a dedicated apprenticeship offer which aims to create opportunities for you to start your career in housing. 

We also have apprenticeship opportunities in finance, IT, housing, asset management and health and social care through our GROW programme. We are continually adding to our programme, so whatever your interests or career aspirations there is something for you.

How long does an #IN2Riverside apprenticeship last?

Generally an apprenticeship can last from a minimum of 12 months up to four years. Our #IN2Riverside apprenticeship opportunities last between 18 and 24 months depending on the route you apply for.

What is an #IN2Riverside apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is where you are employed and undertake an apprenticeship qualification in a sector and subject that interests you. Whilst earning, you will learn and develop skills and knowledge in your chosen career. By the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Our offer is no different. From day one you will be considered part of the team and will undertake new and interesting tasks. You will be supported along your apprenticeship journey with a mentor and a line manager who are there to support you.

You will enrol onto a planned development programme and receive lots of opportunities to network with other apprentices in the business. You can also access volunteer days that are specially designed to enable you to volunteer your time to support our local communities and programmes.

As an #IN2 apprentice, you will also benefit from a robust development offer that will enable you to achieve the skills and knowledge you need for your exciting career; you will also be supported by a thorough induction process including a ‘Great Start’ induction, and a bespoke apprenticeship induction day. You will also have access to the appropriate technology and kit to do your role.

Riverside also have a number of staff groups which you are welcome to join which support our aim to create an inclusive workplace. 

What will I earn?

Earning and learning at the same time is one of the great advantages of undertaking an apprenticeship. You will start earning from day one, the minimum wage for an apprentice from April 2019 is £3.90 per hour for your first year but employers will often offer more depending on the role and level of the apprenticeship.

At Riverside we offer our #IN2Riverside apprentices up to £16,000 a year, along with a number of additional employee benefits and perks. You can also apply for a NUS Extra Apprentice discount card. As part of your package, we will fully fund your apprenticeship qualification, resulting in no tuition fees or student loans.

Who can apply?

Apprenticeships are available for any one over the age of 16, there are no maximum age restrictions. ‘Entry level’ apprenticeships are perfect alternative to university and ‘higher level’ apprenticeships can add value to graduates and those with existing experience.

Some apprenticeships do require certain minimum entry requirements and you will need to be eligible to acquire the appropriate funding. Further information can be found on each apprenticeship vacancy.

What is the recruitment process for #IN2Riverside?

We have three stages to our recruitment process, each one designed to identify your best qualities and attributes that support our Riverside ways of working.

  • Stage one: Complete an online application form and submit your CV.
  • Stage two: We will invite you to a group assessment day. Don’t worry, there is no role play on the day. If successful we’ll invite you to stage three.
  • Stage three: We will invite you come and attend an interview where you can really shine and impress us.

How do I get involved? What do I need?

#IN2Riverside

Vacancies go live in April for our #IN2Riverside apprenticeship programme. Check out our current vacancies for details of what is available.  

GROW

Our innovative GROW (Giving Real Opportunities for Work) programme is part of our commitment to help our customers gain employment and find their dream job.

GROW is an integral part of our commitment to tackle and reduce homelessness. It gives those with lived experience of homelessness the opportunity to do a 15-month paid work placement in one of our homeless hostels. Not only do participants receive on-the-job training but they can complete a Level 2 Apprenticeship.

GROW provides valuable work experience that builds skills and confidence, as well as recruiting new people with valuable lived experiences to Riverside.

Meet our apprentices

Wondering if an apprenticeship is for you or where to start? Why not find out a bit more about our apprenticeships and see how they got started?

Are you coming to the end of apprenticeship and looking to work with us? Find out about our current vacancies and get to know our people and what it’s like to work with us.

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