Apprenticeships & Graduate Placements

Deciding on your future career path isn’t easy - whether you’ve recently left school, graduated from university or perhaps you’re already in employment but looking to move into a different sector altogether.

An apprenticeship or graduate placement with us is a great way to kick start your career in housing, care or corporate services in the not-for-profit sector. 

Our programmes give you the opportunity to study for a fully-accredited vocational qualification whilst gaining valuable work experience. You will also working to make a difference to the people and communities we support. 

All our opportunities are paid at the national minimum wage or above, giving you the opportunity to earn while you learn. 

Many of our apprentices or graduates have successfully moved into higher level roles at with us following their placements. 

Read on to find out more about some of our success stories….


Josh - Finance Officer

Josh smiling at his desk with a calculator and computerI joined the organisation as an Apprentice Finance Officer. It was my first office based job, so I was looking forward to adapting to a new environment. My colleagues were very friendly and didn't hesitate to answer any questions I had.
I have worked within purchase ledger, payroll & now the rents team. This has allowed me to gain a great depth of knowledge, and I have since been able to apply this to my studies. 
Estuary have been very supportive during my AAT studies, which made exam periods a lot less stressful. As a result, I have achieved both levels 2 & 3 in AAT and I am coming to the end of the level 4 qualification.
I would highly recommend apprenticeship schemes to anyone entering a new field of work. I've made new friends, been given a burst of confidence and the platform I need to reach my end goal of becoming a fully qualified accountant.

Paul - Income Officer

I jPaul smiling at his deskoined as an Income and Allocations Assistant Apprentice and undertook an apprenticeship in Business Administration at level 3. This was my first experience of working within housing. There was a lot to learn and it was a little daunting at first but my team were and are still very supportive which helped to put me at ease.

After the first few months of learning the CRM system and Income and Allocations processes, my work began to vary quickly as I began to undertake a wider range of tasks and responsibilities. I moved from administration duties to taking tenants’ calls and becoming involved in the mutual exchange process. This enabled me to gain a deeper insight into different housing services.

A year later, I became an Income Officer for a fixed term period. I have learnt a lot since I joined, and gained lots of valuable experience. I have been able to help tenants, which has been the most rewarding part of my role so far.

Throughout my time here, I have been given the opportunity to learn and grow in my role. I have always found my colleagues to be very helpful and supportive, which has made working here an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Apprenticeship and Graduate Placements FAQs

How can I apply for apprenticeship or graduate opportunities with you?

All vacancies will be advertised on the current vacancies page of our website. If we don’t have any opportunities at the current time, we encourage you to register and sign up for job alerts via email. This means you will be notified as soon as a new vacancy is added.


What does the recruitment process involve?

You will need to complete an online application form, which will include details of your work experience, education and your reasons for applying for the role. Many of our placements are delivered in partnership with a college or learning provider. Depending on the kind of opportunity available, you may need to apply directly with the learning provider or through the National Apprenticeship Service website. However, full details of how to apply will always be listed on our own career page.

If your application is successful, you will be asked to attend an interview.  If you are then offered the role, we will undertake references, health clearance and a DBS check (if applicable to your role). You will also be registered with your college or learning provider before you commence your role. 

As an apprentice or graduate, you will be treated in much the same way as any other colleague at the organisation. You will receive a salary and holiday allowance, as well as access to our pension scheme and many other benefits. You will receive all the additional support you need from your manager and learning provider, and you will also receive paid time off to attend study sessions/training as required.


How long does a placement last?

All placements last a minimum of 12 months, but may be longer depending on the role and type of qualification. The details for each placement will be clearly listed on our careers page when vacancies are available.


Any other questions?

If you have any other questions or would like to find out more, please contact our HR team on 01702 463268 or email the HR team direct.