UCL Human Resources


Early-career apprenticeships

UCL's early-career apprenticeship programme provides an invaluable opportunity to learn while you work. Our hands-on programme gives you a head start in your chosen field.

Our schemes have been designed to give you the best possible career start, by learning both on and off the job, you will work towards a work-based qualification whilst building experience, knowledge and skills. You will also earn while you learn and enjoy the benefits offered by the university such as 41 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and closure days), student union discounts and more. Find out more about UCL's staff benefits

Preparing for your interview at UCL:

Interviews can be a little daunting but remember it’s all about finding out if you have potential, a desire and are willing to learn. Here are some tips:

  1.  Find out about UCL and the department you are applying to join.
  2. Ask yourself why you are interested in the apprenticeship programme and what you hope to gain from the apprenticeship at UCL?
  3. Communication, team working and self-motivation are important skills we are looking for, prepare by thinking about when you have displayed these skills.
  4. What are your strengths? Have some examples ready to share.
  5. Have a go at some practice interviews with a teacher, parent or friend.

More information can be found at: National Careers Service

Telephone interviews, ability tests and assessment centres

It is very likely that if you are applying to join our early career apprenticeship programmes you will first have a discussion on the phone with one of our approved training providers. If you are successful you will be asked to attend an assessment centre or you may have to undertake some online ability tests. Successful candidates will then be invited to interview. 

Assessment centres: these are half-day events organised by our Approved Training Providers and will consist of group discussion, simulations and one-to-one interviews.

Ability Tests: These are usually 15-20 minute online tests to assess your reasoning, verbal and numerical skills