Could you be a future Electrician, Customer Services Manager or even one of our Directors? There are so many diverse and rewarding jobs within housing and an apprenticeship is a fantastic route to start your career and to join our fabulous team here at Community Gateway, transforming lives and revitalising our communities across Preston.

If you are interested in an apprenticeship with us, then read more below about what our current and previous apprentices have to say about their experience.


I chose to do a Business Admin Apprenticeship because it covers a lotNiamh of different areas including general admin tasks, social media, digital marketing and overall business processes. 

It is a really good programme, especially when you are first starting out in the world of work.

This apprenticeship helped me gain confidence and has taught me many new skills, such as graphic design.

I have now gained a full time position at Community Gateway as a Digital Communications & Marketing Assistant.


The best bit about being an apprentice waClaytons I was able to learn a trade as well as earn at the same time. This meant I was able to enjoy myself outside of work as I could afford to.  

This apprenticeship has given me the skills which I can now have a career from and the qualifications which I can take anywhere.

I am now running my own investment program on kitchen and bathroom upgrades.

Community Gateway is a great place to do your apprenticeship as you have lots of support from management and the team you work with. 


In my opinion, the best thing about being an apprsamentice was the constant opportunity for learning. 

I really enjoyed being placed with different people, learning the job and the way things are along with growing as a person at the same time.

The main thing I learnt on the job was the knowledge of carpentry/maintenance along with learning how other trades operate. I found it interesting to learn how your trade can work alongside another trades. I also made a lot of friends and met many new people. My confidence as a person has grown massively, not just in my ability, but overall, too.

My apprenticeship led to me having a really good job and has given me a big advantage for the future being fully qualified as a Multi Skilled Technician (Joinery).

I would highly recommend an apprenticeship at CGA, it has provided me with skills for life and a knowledge for construction along with a really good job at the end of it.

Apprenticeships FAQs

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is where you are employed and undertake a qualification in a subject that interests you. You will learn and develop skills and knowledge in your chosen career whilst on the job, helping you to grow in confidence, all whilst earning an income.

Here at Community Gateway, you will be supported from your induction right through your apprenticeship. You will be given support from your team, your manager, our Learning and Development team; in addition to the support given to you through your professional qualification.

By the end of your apprenticeship, you will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to progress in your chosen career

What apprenticeships are on offer at Community Gateway?

We offer a variety of apprenticeship opportunities in our customer facing and back office teams including trades such as electrical, plastering, plumbing and joinery, IT, human resources, business administration and housing.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

An apprenticeship at Community Gateway normally lasts between two and three years, depending on the area you choose and the route you apply for.

What will I earn?

Here at Community Gateway, we reward our apprentices for the great job they do so we pay all our apprentices the National Minimum wage for their age.   We will fully fund your qualification, meaning you don’t have to worry about course fees or student loans.

In addition, apprentices will also have access to the great range of benefits we offer all our employees.

Am I eligible for an apprenticeship?

If you are over sixteen then there is nothing stopping you – there is no upper age limit. What we do look for are people who are motivated, talented and want to learn.

How do I apply?

We advertise all of our apprenticeships on our current vacancies page. Details of how to apply will be in the advert. If there are not any current apprenticeships you can register to receive a message when we open up our apprenticeships by clicking the Register for Job Alerts button.