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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.
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 after 12 weeks on your Apprenticeship you can apply for an NUS apprenticeships card which provides you with discounts for many well-known shops and restaurants.
What can you study?
Babington Training delivers all our 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.
We have three types of Apprenticeship:
Customer service practitioner, level 2
- 13 months
- Learn about your customers, your organisation and how you impact their experience.
Business administrator, level 3
- 18 months
- Learn about business processes and the factors that impact the business and how you can best support the organisation.
Assistant Accountant, level 3
- 18 months
- Learn how to carry out routine financial activities and how you can best support the organisation.
There will also be opportunities to attend British Library talks and courses that interest you.
Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship you will have a recognised qualification. Your next step could be to apply for a higher-level apprenticeship, a college or university course or entry to the job market – the choice is yours, and we'll do everything to help and support you to achieve your goals.
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 car share system at Boston Spa.