Apprenticeships at London Met

London Metropolitan University and its predecessor institutions have a proud history of providing vocational education spanning more than a century.

We have strong continuing relationships with the widest range of professional bodies including amongst many others:

  • British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Institute of Credit Management
  • Chartered Institute of IT (BCS)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply
  • Chartered Management Institute
  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Royal Society of British Architects
  • Royal Society of Chemistry

Having delivered level 3 apprenticeships since 2015, the University is now also at the forefront of helping to introduce the new Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeships.

We have gained recent recognition for the quality of our programmes and as the new funding arrangements and standards rapidly emerge, the University is developing a responsive apprenticeship portfolio in disciplinary areas where we have existing strengths. These include:  

  • Community and voluntary sector
  • Digital media and computing
  • Health and social care
  • Early childhood and education
  • Leadership and management
  • Policing
  • Procurement and supply management
  • Science and lab work
  • Social work

Our apprenticeship track record

Our partner, City of London Corporation, is an established provider with an excellent reputation in the delivery of a number of apprenticeship programmes. London Met, with its recognised Centre of Excellence for the provision of the CIPS Professional Qualifications has combined forces with the Corporation to offer apprentices and their sponsors an outstanding programmes of learning.

Latest apprenticeship updates

The new Register of Approved Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)

On 13 March 2017, the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) unveiled the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (the RoATP). London Met is one of a number of successful register applicants that have been awarded ‘Main Provider’ status. As a main provider, London Met can be selected by levy paying employers to deliver apprenticeship training, or be selected by another main provider to work as a subcontractor. Apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon said: “Our new register of apprenticeship providers will mean that only organisations that have passed our quality assurance can deliver apprenticeships. We are giving employers the confidence to do business with high quality training providers, and making sure that individuals can benefit from gold-standard routes as they climb the ladder of opportunity.”

Procurement and supply

The current Apprenticeship in Procurement at level 3 was phased out in December 2016. A ‘Trailblazer’ group is developing a new standard at this level and a Higher Level Apprenticeship in Commercial Procurement and Supply at level 4, has been developed and is awaiting SFA approval. London Met is working closely with the Trailblazer Group.

Community and voluntary sector

The University is involved in supporting the Trailblazer Group for the Community and Voluntary Sector led by FairTrain. The objective of the group is for the first Apprenticeship Standards to be ready for delivery at the end of 2017.

Social work

We are currently involved in the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)-led Higher Education Reference Group that is working to inform the development of the Social Work Degree Apprenticeship. A Standard to underpin a four year degree programme is expected to be available by mid-2018. The new Apprenticeship will be ‘integrated’. This means that the training delivery and end point assessment will be provided by the same training provider.


London Met is home to an internationally recognised criminology department and the John Grieve Centre for Community Policing. We are working closely with policing employers and the College of Policing, together with nine other higher education institutions, as part of a Higher Education Institution Funding Council consortium charged with the task of developing the national policing degree apprenticeship. The first policing apprentices are expected to be on programme in the first half of 2018. End Point Assessment will be integrated for the policing degree too.

End Point Assessment

London Met is aiming to be registered as an End Point Assessment provider for a range of Apprenticeship Standards in addition to social work and policing. This will involve applications for entry on the Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations (The RoAAO) at the end of March.


Laboratory Scientist or Laboratory Technician apprenticeships

Our £30 million Science Centre is the largest and most advanced science teaching facility in Europe. It has more than 280 workstations, a number of specialist labs, as well as sports therapy and fitness assessment facilities, which undoubtedly gives our science students a huge advantage

Working together with us on an apprentice scheme will ensure your staff develop the skills, and knowledge which are importance to your organisation. The Laboratory Scientist and Laboratory Technician apprentice schemes allow your staff to work inside a laboratory and towards qualifications (eg. Foundation degree, full honours degree) while earning a salary.

We will help your staff to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours that laboratory scientist or laboratory technician need in order to be fully competent inside a laboratory environment setting.  

We will focus on developing both knowledge and understanding of operational health and safety within a laboratory, and apprentices will learn about legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Approved Code of Practice.

We will work together with you to ensure we deliver the key knowledge, skills and behaviours required for your staff including the competence elements requirements in the workplace.

Our apprenticeship scheme is highly flexible and follows the blended learning approach and the study components can easily be fit around their existing job. Apprentices can attend one day per week (eg. day release), in blocks of a week or use a combination of these study modes. 

Laboratory Scientist - Level 5 Apprenticeship

Duration – Options to discuss with organisation. (Eg. typically 24 month’s duration). Key knowledge, skills and behaviours including the competence elements delivered on the scheme.

The apprenticeships scheme we offer involves a range of technical and scientific tasks and includes laboratory based investigations and experiments. The scheme will follow competencies on the Chemistry BSc (Hons) degree programmes which are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Apprentices will analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant scientific information and develop experiments or investigations and recommend solutions to problems and become responsible for the quality work of delivered.

They will learn about applying knowledge of fundamental scientific principles to implement new methods based on scientific literature or input from senior team members. We will support your staff to become independent scientists and be part of team and develop skills to help them solve problems and propose innovative scientific solutions to help your organisation.

Laboratory Technician - Level 3 Apprenticeship

Duration - Minimum of 18 months, typically 24 month’s duration. Key knowledge, skills and behaviours including the competence elements delivered on the scheme.

We will help your staff to deliver key knowledge, skills and behaviours required including competencies required in order to deliver routine and bespoke laboratory tests, support technical tasks independently or as part of team. They will learn about taking ownership for the quality and accuracy of their work and we will help them to become problem solvers and find solutions to your organisation.


Contact us

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss our portfolio of apprenticeship programmes, ask for apprenticeship advice or find out how we can help with apprenticeship training requirements for your organisation.

For further information about London Met’s apprenticeships offer, please contact us at or follow us on Twitter @MetApprentices

For the latest updates about procurement and supply apprenticeships, or to participate in the development of new procurement Standards please contact Angele Cauthery -

For enquiries concerning community and voluntary sector, social work and policing apprenticeships, please contact Chris Lane -

For enquiries concerning laboratory technician apprenticeships, please contact Seema Patel -

News stories about apprenticeships

Policing apprenticeship to be launched at London Met

London Met is part of a consortium of universities that will offer new policing apprenticeships as part of national scheme.

London Met delivers apprenticeship programme in partnership with City of London Corporation

The apprentices work for a wide range of employers across London and are gaining on-the-job experience.