Apprenticeships

Apprentices standing outside the British Library building

We offer you a great start if you're leaving school or changing career

Thinking of applying for a future apprenticeship with us? Watch this space for new opportunities.

In the meantime get a head start and read our guidance on applying.

Why do an apprenticeship at the British Library?

We work hard to share our vast collection of books, newspapers, music, sound recordings, web pages and digital content with everyone, both in the UK and around the globe. We also strive to employ passionate, diverse and forward-thinking people who we can offer a challenging and stimulating work environment, a competitive salary and benefits and a huge and varied range of jobs to choose from. 

As an apprentice, you’ll get the chance to help us grow. You’ll help make our workforce more diverse and be encouraged to breathe new life and ideas into our work and engage with new audiences.

Who we are looking for

We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals to undertake a variety of roles. An apprenticeship is an opportunity to learn and we recognise that it may be a completely new working environment for you. We don’t expect you to have previous work experience in the sector or any formal qualifications. You just need to be eager to learn and happy to adapt to new challenges.

We are a disability confident employer and committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity. All candidates who declare a disability and meet our minimum eligibility criteria will be offered a telephone interview. We welcome applications from everyone.

What’s in it for you?

Put simply, a great start, whether you’re just leaving school or changing career. You’ll be paid for doing a job for 30 hours per week and get time off to complete your studies. Your manager can help you to decide what working patterns are best for you. You’ll also have the chance to learn from our experienced staff and work with other apprentices in different areas. 

As a member of staff at the British Library you receive a number of benefits and you can apply for an NUS apprenticeships card which provides you with discounts for many well-known shops and restaurants.

What can you study?

We have three types of apprenticeship:

Customer service practitioner, level 2

  • 13–15 months
  • Learn about your customers, your organisation and how you impact their experience.

Business administrator, level 3

  • 15–17 months
  • Learn about business processes and the factors that impact the business and how you can best support the organisation.

Hawk Training deliver both these apprenticeships through online learning, workshops and meetings with your tutor. The training follows an apprenticeship standard which can be found on the Institute of Apprenticeships website.

Assistant Accountant, Level 3

  • 18 months
  • Learn about financial accounting, reporting and management and work towards a Level 3 AAT qualification.

Babington deliver our assistant accountant apprenticeship through online learning, workshops and meeting with your tutor.  The training follows an apprenticeship standard which can be found on the Institute of Apprenticeships website.

How to get here

We have two sites, one at St Pancras in London and the other at Boston Spa in West Yorkshire. If you travel by public transport, season ticket loans are available after 2 months. There’s also a cycle to work scheme and a car share system at Boston Spa.

Get ahead of the game

Tips for your apprenticeship application form

Find out more about the apprenticeship application process.

Case studies from our staff

…Our team is constantly learning and developing…

We have been at the forefront of digitisation and digital preservation projects for over two decades.

…You won't find these kind of challenges in many other organisations…

Whilst we’re structured like many other IT teams, what we do day-to-day ultimately leads to the preservation of our history and collective knowledge. And, because our collection is very diverse, it could be print or sound based.

…I get to collaborate with some incredible people…

Our programme of workshops, led by specialist educators, encourages curiosity, creativity and exploration. Sessions develop critical thinking, research skills and visual, verbal and information literacy.

…The sheer size of the place means there are great development opportunities…

We help people find and use material held in some of the most unusual and hard to search parts of our collection – answering questions from Readers as well as those phoned in or sent to us as emails and letters, or via our QuestionPoint and Chat services.

Learn more

Our departments and functions

Learn about the diverse range of teams and people who work here.

School work experience

Our invaluable work experience will set you up for the future.

Internships

Find out about our paid internships.

Volunteering

Got a few hours to spare? Then come and volunteer at the British Library.