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The Role:

This is an exciting time to be involved in the Culture department of Southwark Council, with a number of high profile projects in progress and others about to begin. The experience this will offer to an apprentice will be invaluable, including the development of transferable skills that can be applied throughout your working career.

The successful candidate will be able to participate in the Southwark Apprenticeship Programme to work in a supported learning environment to develop advanced professional skills, knowledge, behaviours and work experience in the areas of Culture and business administration. They will be able to undertake a range of business administration activities for the Culture department, including gaining experience of the council’s financial systems. There will be significant work within the libraries and heritage business unit, providing a broad range of experience for the apprentice.

About Southwark

We are the largest local authority social landlord in London, managing 55,000 homes lived in by 40% of Southwark’s residents. We are home to over 18,300 businesses including iconic London venues and social enterprises and we have a young, diverse and growing population.

At Southwark we are committed to making our borough just and fair and are taking positive action to tackle inequalities.  Our residents and communities are our greatest asset and the passion we have for Southwark is shared by millions of Londoners who enjoy our outstanding cultural offer, use our hospitals and attend our universities. Our refreshed borough plan and focus on Southwark Stands Together, (which is our work with Southwark’s communities and the council’s staff to tackle racism, injustice and inequality) underpins all that we do.

About You:

Basic digital or IT literate (M365) - Familiarity with popular business IT package applications including Outlook, Excel and Word

Ability to communicate well; both in verbally and in writing

Take initiative and make the most of placement

Good at prioritising

Ability to present information clearly and concisely

Ability to follow instruction and learn new tasks



Additional salary details



Recruitment timetable

Applications close – 6th Oct

Assessment centre 25th Oct

The assessment centre will consist of the below:

- A video bio

- In person group activity

- Face to face Interview

We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together initiative. We particularly welcome applications from members of the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role, and identify with one of the below criteria:

- Members of the Armed Forces and veterans

- Are currently in care, or have previously been in care

- If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition