An apprenticeship with Sanctuary is a chance to get really good experience within a large national organisation, without sacrificing the opportunity to study.

Our award winning apprenticeship programme offers you a chance to study for practical qualifications while contributing to the success of a fast-paced, constantly evolving organisation. Our apprentices work towards a recognised qualification while gaining fantastic practical experience at the same time.

At Sanctuary, we're committed to helping you find the direction that's right for you, so an apprenticeship with us is a great option even if you are still a bit uncertain about which career you’d like to follow.

Why an apprenticeship?

Planning your future isn't easy. How do you decide whether to choose further study or go straight into a job? A Sanctuary apprenticeship combines the best of both worlds.

If you'd like to earn while you learn, the Sanctuary Apprenticeship Programme could be the perfect route for you.

At Sanctuary, you can gain a nationally recognised qualification and benefit from real experience working for one of the UK's leading providers of housing, care and community services. You'll make a very real contribution to the team you work with. 

Working as a Sanctuary apprentice, you will not only be paid a salary but, on top of that, the qualification you undertake will also be fully funded. The emphasis is on learning through practical experience, with the majority of your time spent in the workplace. The rest of your time will be spent at college working towards your chosen qualification.

As we continue to add to our programmes, we're confident we can offer something for everyone, whatever your interests and whatever your background.

Who knows how far you could go?

Sanctuary apprentices working together

What makes us different?

We started out as a social housing organisation, but our business interests are now a lot broader than that. We're involved in a variety of different initiatives and the commercial side of our organisation accounts for half of our overall activities. What's more, we help and support all sorts of people.

We are a not-for-profit organisation, working to help individuals and communities throughout England and Scotland. This means that instead of surplus revenue being distributed among shareholders, we reinvest into updating and developing our services and maintaining our high standards. Sanctuary manages over 100,000 units of accommodation, including affordable rented, supported housing, care homes, student and key worker accommodation. We have a very clear focus on our future direction, with an ambitious business plan. As a Sanctuary apprentice, you'll be integral to our success and an important part of our future.

The recruitment process

Sanctuary Group values diversity in our workforce and looks to engage with the widest possible pool of talent. We are proud to be part of the Disability Confident employer scheme and also encourage applications from BME groups. When you have found the apprenticeship that's right for you on our Careers website, you'll need to register to create a candidate profile and upload your CV and cover letter, in which you should express why you are interested in the opportunity. 

Your application will be passed to our relevant training provider partner, who will confirm that you're eligible to undertake an Apprenticeship Programme. The training provider might then invite you to meet with them and you are often required to do some assessments at this stage. We work in partnership with a variety of training providers across our different Apprenticeship Schemes, and they will work with you throughout your apprenticeship providing classroom and vocational training.

If you are eligible to complete an Apprenticeship, your application will be shortlisted by Sanctuary hiring managers and successful candidates will be invited to interview. We will then let you know if you have been successful at interview, and if so, you will be registered as a learner with the training provider and sent a contract of employment from Sanctuary Group.

Your exciting new career as an apprentice at Sanctuary Group can then begin!

Sanctuary apprentices working in a garden

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Find Apprenticeship opportunities at Sanctuary.

Visit our Careers website

All of our apprenticeship opportunities will be advertised on our careers page. If we do not have any vacancies displayed, we would encourage you to register your details for career alerts.

Frequently asked questions

When we say not-for-profit, it doesn't mean we don't want to make a profit. We do. It's just that we reinvest our profits back into the business, or into communities. In fact, because our work makes a difference to real people's lives, and not to shareholders, we'd argue that it's even more important that we operate profitably. Which is why this is a business challenge unlike any other.

The Sanctuary Apprenticeship Programme is made up of a number of different apprenticeship schemes, such as Business and Administration, or Horticulture. So, Business and Administration is a scheme on the Sanctuary Apprenticeship Programme.

I want to work in Business and Administration

Business and Administration is fundamental to the success of every organisation. It helps to keep things running smoothly and efficiently, which in turn helps to keep costs down and surplus up. In an organisation like Sanctuary, that couldn't be more important - the more surplus we make, the more we can help people and communities. So if you're looking to make a real difference, our Business and Administration Apprenticeship Scheme could be for you.

I want to go into a Trade (plumbing, carpentry etc.)

We have over 100,000 units of good quality accommodation throughout England and Scotland, properties that come in all shapes and sizes. They're all maintained at a high standard thanks to the work of our skilled teams. So if you're looking to learn a trade, our Maintenance Operations Apprenticeship Scheme will give you the chance to get a taste of a few of those different areas before deciding on where you want to specialise.

I want to go into Care work

As one of the UK's leading care providers we own and operate around 70 care homes. And as well as delivering a wide range of high-quality specialist services at each of those locations, we also provide care to people in their own homes at our extra care schemes. So our Health and Social Care Apprenticeship Scheme is a great way to develop a real breadth of experience, with full support from qualified professionals.

I want to work in Horticulture

Giving people a sense of pride in their surroundings is the key to improving their quality of life. At Sanctuary, that's one of our aims and to us, it goes beyond bricks and mortar. It means transforming whole areas, landscaping sites, creating pleasing green spaces, parks and gardens. Our Horticulture Apprenticeship Scheme will give you the opportunity to get your hands dirty and make a real difference.

I want to work in Accountancy and Finance

With a multi-million pound turnover, finance plays an important role in making the business function effectively. So if you’re looking to develop an understanding of how money can be used to make a difference, our Accountancy and Finance Apprenticeship Scheme can give you a good start.

I want to work in IT

There aren't many businesses that don't depend on IT. At Sanctuary it's true to say that it underpins everything we do, from running the payroll for over 12,000 employees to successfully managing and reporting on multi-million-pound capital projects. So if you're looking to develop an understanding of a wide range of IT areas, our IT Apprenticeship Scheme will give you a head start.

Being engaged, enthusiastic, having the ability to work as part of a team and delivering excellent customer service are good attributes for any apprentice.

Every apprentice will be paid the national minimum wage for apprentices for the first year. After that the salary and benefits vary depending on the type of scheme. Please look at the current apprenticeship vacancies for more information.

We're a national organisation, so may have opportunities across England and Scotland. Further information will be included in the scheme description within the current vacancies.

This varies depending on which apprenticeship you undertake. The minimum is 12 months but could be up to 4 years for some schemes. See the scheme description in the current vacancies for more information.