Sovereign Housing
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Join us as an apprentice or trainee

"It was just a job, not a career like I have now."

Current vacancies

Looking for a way of learning that's up your street? 

We recruit apprentices and trainees to work across our organisation in our customer services, housing and maintenance teams. 

Apprenticeships

  • earn while training
  • achieve a recognised vocational qualification
  • normally 4 days in workplace, 1 at college
  • usually 2-4 years long
  • open to all ages


We begin recruiting in spring each year for posts starting in August. 

You'll receive on the job learning, practical experience, training opportunities and support to develop. You'll gain a recognised formal qualification to set you for your future career and many of our apprentices go on to secure a permanent role with us. 

We're really proud of the awards we've received  in recognition of our approach and commitment to recruiting and training apprentices.





Trainee roles

  • perfect for a career change or to refresh knowledge
  • can build on relevant work/life experience and transferable skills
  • involve a personalised programme of learning (which could include a formal qualification, internal training or external short courses if needed)
  • up to 2 years long


We recruit trainees throughout the year and these positions can ideal for people who have been working with us on placements or programmes like Women in Trades. Many of our trainees go on to secure a permanent role with us.

When it comes to both apprentices and trainees, we're looking for self-motivated, committed people who share our values and want to do a good job. 

What our apprentices and trainees say

Alex, Gas Engineer

"The apprenticeship programme is fantastic. If you're thinking about your future and are willing to put in some work, I would highly recommend it. I feel a great sense of pride and satisfaction knowing that I am helping to keep people safe."

Alex Leaning

Millie, Carpenter

"I was happy enough with my jobs but something definitely niggled. I went along to the taster day and it was brilliant. Coming to the role at a later age was the right decision for me. And I'm glad to be an ambassador for women in trades!"

Women in trades work experience November 2016

Harry, Plumber

"I worked in retail before I came to Sovereign. It was just a job, not a career like I have now. I've been going around with a great mentor – he really knows his stuff. I'm really enjoying the job, it's so much better than what I was doing before."

Apprentice plumber Harry

Kimmie, Carpenter

"I thought I was too old [for an apprenticeship] but I was wrong! I'm one of three female apprentices here now, and I love it. I go to college once a week, as well as learning on the job. Everyone is so supportive. Sovereign have opened up a window and let me fly out on my own. I'm not just coping, I'm thriving: I'm building a whole new career and a whole new me. Nothing can hold me back."

Kimmie Wheatland