Apprenticeships

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

Do you want to gain new skills and experiences in a workplace like no other? Come and learn on the job with us. Please check back to see vacancies or look out for them on government website.

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 pride ourselves on being a diverse, inclusive and welcoming organisation and we aim to create a workforce which reflects our local communities. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and disabled candidates as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce and in the Library sector. As part of our Disability Confident Committed status, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum/essential criteria for the role.

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 four types of apprenticeship:

Customer Service Practitioner, level 2

  • 16 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.

Hawk Training deliver both these apprenticeships through online learning, workshops and meetings with your tutor.

Library, Information and Archive Services Assistant, level 3

  • 23 months
  • Learn about our collection - how we keep it safe for future generations through conservation and how we curate it with our users at the heart of everything we do. In this role, you’ll be able to rotate between three teams to gain experience in all areas of the Library.

Westminster Adult Education Service deliver this apprenticeship through monthly in person workshops and classroom learning with our apprentices and other organisations.

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.

All 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.

Case studies

…I would definitely recommend the British Library’s Early Careers scheme to young people…

Joseph applied for an apprenticeship in the British Library's Learning team, supporting tours, assisting with creative workshops and overseeing online courses.

…I’ve really enjoyed working for the British Library…

Natasha saw the Kickstart role for an Administration Assistant in the People team and applied for it. She worked with multiple teams to improve the Library’s training programmes.

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.