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We are proud to have apprentices and former apprentices working in a wide range of areas here at the Press, in Communications, Customer Services, Finance, HR, Marketing, Publishing, Project Management, Sales and Technology. In joining us, you will broaden your skills whilst gaining first-hand experience of the publishing industry.
An apprenticeship can be a great alternative to university. Our apprentices are highly valued for bringing unique skills, and a fresh, innovative approach. You'll be working alongside colleagues and a recognised training provider, and will get the time and support you need to unlock your full potential. You will earn while you learn, and be part of a wider cohort of apprentices, benefiting from training opportunities together.
You are enthusiastic and passionate. You know that it is important to have a flexible attitude and be open to change. You care about attention to detail and you understand that your decisions matter. You are a good team player and you are happy to work independently.
You can relate to our six behaviours, which play a fundamental part in the culture here at Cambridge University Press: collaborative, decisive, empowering, innovative, responsible, responsive. You'll find more information about our behaviours here.
What to expect
When are roles advertised?
Roles are usually advertised in May, with applications due in June and interviews in July.
Where are apprenticeships based?
Apprenticeship opportunities are based in Cambridge.
How does the application process work?
Applications are made online, followed by an open morning and an interview. The open morning is a chance to find out more about Cambridge University Press before candidates arrive for their interview the same week.
When do apprenticeships begin?
Most of our apprenticeship roles start in September.
Are there any entry requirements?
Candidates are usually educated to A Level or equivalent.
How long does an apprenticeship take to complete?
Apprenticeships typically take around 18 to 20 months, depending on the apprenticeship.
What qualifications do apprentices gain?
The new Government apprenticeship standards are nationally recognised. Some of our apprenticeships work towards the Business Administrator Level 3 standard and some work towards the new Publishing Assistant apprenticeship Level 3 standard.
Individuals can expect to have ongoing discussions with their line manager, about future career goals and their potential within the organisation.
What happens at the end of an apprenticeship?
Our apprentices are guaranteed a job on completion of the apprenticeship.
What are apprentices paid?
The starting salary for an entry level apprenticeship is about £14,300. This rises mid-way through the apprenticeship based on performance, and again on completion of the apprenticeship, to about £18,900.
What are the benefits of working at Cambridge University Press?
A great central location, our office is only a ten minute walk from the train station and guided busway. Benefits include flexible working, 28 days annual leave, free on-site gym and sports facilities, subsidised restaurant and café and season ticket travel loans.
Meet our Apprentices
'I get to meet people from across the business and I feel part of the bigger picture.'
'It's not your average office job – one minute I'm organising a volunteering team, the next I’m speaking to large groups of school children.'
'I believe this is one of the best companies to go into to learn new skills and gain an understanding of the industry.'
'I really enjoy being involved in projects with people across so many different departments.'
'Hands-on training gives you a chance to put your skills into practice, and you can also gain more confidence in a working environment.'