Apprenticeship Academy

Here at Pimlico we are strong advocates for apprenticeships and believe they are vital in tackling the UK’s skills shortages and youth unemployment rates. As a business, we have the opportunity to play an active role in moulding the future workforce and growing our own talent as apprenticeships offer young people a high-quality and respected hands-on training route.

We know that taking on apprentices improves productivity, strengthens our workforce and improves motivation amongst our employees.  We can harness fresh talent and train new people the way we want them to learn and work right from the very beginning. 



The Journey

Every apprentice enters the academy on their first day with which kick starts their journey to becoming an expert in their chosen field. Our apprentices work full time gaining practical skills, knowledge and experience through on and off the job training whilst working towards nationally-recognised qualifications.

Each apprentice we will receive top class coaching and mentoring through one of our training partners and will be supported every step of the way through to their graduation. Our apprenticeship academy operates a variety of apprenticeship programmes split into Technical and Trade Engineers and Professional Service Apprentices that undertake roles at our Head Office in Central London.

Technical & Trade

  • Level 2 Property Maintenance
  • Level 2 Carpentry
  • Level 3 Plumbing & Heating
  • Level 3 Electrotechnical
  • Level 3 Motor Vehicle Technician

Technical and trade apprentices follow a day release model so will attend college one day per week during term times for the duration of the apprenticeship. The remaining 4 days will be spent out in the field accompanying our qualified engineers on real jobs learning their trade of choice.

Professional Services

  • Level 2 Recruitment Resourcer
  • Level 2 Customer Services Practitioner
  • Level 3 Business Administration
  • Level 3 Assistant Accountant
  • Level 3 Management

Professional service apprentices will be allocated a work based assessor or skills coach who will visit them in the workplace on average every eight weeks to guide them through the programme and ensure they to receive 20% off the job training.

Parliamentary Support for Apprenticeships

David Willetts MP

...These are the skills that really drive the trades that matter to people.

You get a really worthwhile job that you can do for life and it earns good money. It’s a really useful alternative to the university route, so we back it...

Priti Patel MP

...An apprenticeship got me where I am today, so through my own personal experience and also the success stories of so many at Pimlico Plumbers, I can’t encourage them enough. With the skills shortage that we’re facing now, there’s no better time to get on an apprenticeship to gain a skilled career for life...

Apprenticeship FAQs

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a full-time job which is accompanied by a skills training program. Meaning you can earn and learn at the same time. It allows an apprentice to gain a combination of on-the-job practical experience as well as technical knowledge and functional, transferable skills. Apprenticeships include the following components:

  • Knowledge-based elements
  • Competence-based elements
  • Functional Skills (English, Maths, ICT if relevant to the role)
  • A module on employment rights and responsibilities
How long is the apprenticeship?

Our apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete as durations vary between the qualifications available.

How many hours will I work as an apprentice at Pimlico?

All apprentices at Pimlico are contracted for 40 hours per week, shifts and times will depend on the apprenticeship and department you work in but will be discussed at interview with you.

Am I entitled to holidays during my apprenticeship?

You are entitled to 28 days annual leave per year including bank holidays.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

All of our apprenticeship opportunities are advertised on the recruitment page of our website and applications are made online which will involve submitting your CV.

What happens when I've completed my apprenticeship?

We are committed to growing our own talent and producing the next generation of tradesmen and women as well as skilled professionals working in our Head Office so where possible we will work with our apprentices on a career progression plan which will coincide with a permanent position or a transition plan to become one of our self-employed engineers.

Who can complete an apprenticeship with Pimlico?

There are no upper age limits for apprenticeships now so as long as you meet the entry requirements below then you are eligible to apply. You must be:

  • 16 or over
  • Living in England and not taking part in full-time education
  • Have GCSE’s in English and Maths at grade 5 and above (or A-C), or the equivalent functional skills
Does it matter if I have little or no work experience?

Previous work experience isn’t essential, but we’ll still need to assess if you have the right attitude and passion for our business and the apprenticeship you’ve applied for.  We do this via a strengths-based interview where you’ll need to show us what other things you’ve done, and the skills and experience you’ve gained from other activities. For example, if you play a sport you may be able to talk about being a team player or managing a team.  If you’ve completed a Duke of Edinburgh Award or any volunteering work, you can talk about your experience of doing this. If you’ve had a part-time job, you can talk about what this has taught you. The job itself isn’t important.

What we’re interested in, is if you can transfer the skills, knowledge, and experience you’ve gained to work in a professional environment like ours. It’s who you are and what you can offer that matters to Pimlico as we can teach you everything else.

Our 2020 intake for trade apprenticeships is now closed - please keep checking our recruitment page for any future apprenticeship positions.