Trades work experience


Looking for a career which will make a real DIFFERENCE to people’s lives?

To help us develop our own talented people, we recruit a number of apprentices to work across the organisation in our customer services, housing and maintenance teams.

As a business, we help people in housing need by providing quality affordable homes. Looking beyond bricks and mortar, we invest in communities and support residents to achieve their aspirations. We need apprentices to help us achieve this. Learn more about Sovereign.

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Our apprenticeship programme offers the opportunity to earn whilst training to achieve a recognised vocational qualification. We offer a range of apprenticeship posts, including housing, trades and maintenance. 

We begin recruiting in spring, each year for posts starting in August. A normal week will include 4 days in the work place and attendance at college for 1 day (this can vary depending on role). Apprenticeships vary from 2-4 years.

We expect a high level of motivation and commitment from our apprentices. Previous experience is not a necessity but a can do attitude is a must.

Apprentices receive a high level of support both in their learning and the resources to do a good job.

Apprenticeship roles are open to applicants of all age.

Please use the link below to explore our current opportunities.

 Apprentice roles 

  • Support to gain a vocational qualification, with courses of between two and four years
  • On-the-job supervised training
  • Earn whilst you learn
  • Additional training opportunities
  • Competitive salary
  • High level of support
  • Motivated team of mentors who are on hand to pass on their expert knowledge to our apprentices (read about one of our mentors, Dave)
  • Resources for your role
  • Practical experience


Alex Leaning

Read case study - Alex, gas engineer

I started my apprenticeship because I wanted more. I was working as a stonemason, doing well, but I’d already gone as far as I could go without moving into management type roles. I’ve always been practical and good with my hands, so I started searching around for new options.

Darren Rainbow

Read case study - Darren, electrician

I’m officially an improver electrician now, as I’ve just finished three and a half years training, including one year full-time at college before I started with Sovereign. When I first left school I worked with my dad – following in the family footsteps as he’s an electrician too. For two years we moved to the States to try our luck out there. It was a very different experience.

Lewis Windebank

Read case study - Lewis, carpenter

I was already at college doing A Levels when I realised that I wasn’t on the right path. I looked ahead to the future and couldn’t imagine myself at uni, with the amount of debt you have to take on these days. Sitting at a desk was just not right for me.

Scott Chidzoy

Read case study - Scott, carpenter

Carpenter Scott was just 20 when he began his apprenticeship with Sovereign, but the last four years have seen big changes in his life, as he’s got the knack of hanging doors – and changing nappies!


Have you considered a Trainee role too?

Our trainee programme offers individuals with work/ life experience to build on current transferable skills. This role is suitable for people looking at a career change or to refresh knowledge.

Find out more using the link below.

Trainee programme