Trades work experience

Apprentice and trainee roles

Looking for a career which will make a real DIFFERENCE to people’s lives? 

We exist to help people in housing need. We’re here to provide homes for people that need them. We build and provide quality affordable homes to rent or buy. We’re a good landlord, investing in communities and supporting residents to achieve their aspirations. 

We recruit a number of apprentices and trainees to work across the organisation in our customer services, housing and maintenance teams.

We have a motivated team of mentors who are on hand to pass on their expert knowledge.

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an active programme to increase the number of women in trade roles.

Apprenticeship Role

Our apprenticeship programme offers the opportunity to earn whilst training to achieve a recognised vocational qualification. We offer a range of apprenticeship posts, including housing, trades and maintenance. 

We begin recruiting in spring, each year for posts starting in August. A normal week will include 4 days in the work place and attendance at college for 1 day (this can vary depending on role). Apprenticeships vary from 2-4 years.

We expect a high level of motivation and commitment from our apprentices. Previous experience is not a necessity but a can do attitude is a must.

Apprentices receive a high level of support both in their learning and the resources to do a good job.

Apprenticeship roles are open to applicants of all age.

Alex Leaning

Read case study - Alex, gas engineer

I started my apprenticeship because I wanted more. I was working as a stonemason, doing well, but I’d already gone as far as I could go without moving into management type roles. I’ve always been practical and good with my hands, so I started searching around for new options.

Darren Rainbow

Read case study - Darren, electrician

I’m officially an improver electrician now, as I’ve just finished three and a half years training, including one year full-time at college before I started with Sovereign. When I first left school I worked with my dad – following in the family footsteps as he’s an electrician too. For two years we moved to the States to try our luck out there. It was a very different experience.

Lewis Windebank

Read case study - Lewis, carpenter

I was already at college doing A Levels when I realised that I wasn’t on the right path. I looked ahead to the future and couldn’t imagine myself at uni, with the amount of debt you have to take on these days. Sitting at a desk was just not right for me.

Scott Chidzoy

Read case study - Scott, carpenter

Carpenter Scott was just 20 when he began his apprenticeship with Sovereign, but the last four years have seen big changes in his life, as he’s got the knack of hanging doors – and changing nappies!


Trainee Role

Our trainee programme offers individuals with work/ life experience to build on current transferable skills. This role is suitable for people looking at a career change or to refresh knowledge.

As with apprenticeships we recruit in Spring for an August start. Each trainee is individual in the experience they have, so once onboard we develop a suitable training plan. This could include study at a college for a formal qualification, internal training or external short courses. A trainee role can extend up to 2 years but may be shorter if applicable.

We are looking for people who have a real desire to work for us and share our values. In return we offer a real opportunity to make a life change.

Millie Carter

Read case study - Millie, carpenter

As a kid I dreamed of being an interior designer. I always had a pencil in my hand, sketching and drawing everything from cartoons to still lifes. After leaving school I went to college, taking a Diploma in Art & Design. When I’d finished college, though, I wasn’t quite sure where to go next.

Harry Eagles

Read case study - Harry

I worked in retail before I came to Sovereign. It was just a job, not a career like I have now. I had a friend who worked at Sovereign and he told me how much he enjoyed it, so I applied for the adult learner apprenticeship. I convinced the interviewers to take me on by showing them work I’d done in my own home.