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Libraries, archives, records and information management services apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the libraries, archives, records and information management services sector.

This apprenticeship covers roles in libraries, archives and information services - all of which exist to give people the information they want to find.

Training opportunities

Working in a library you could be:

  • organising a storytelling session for children
  • helping people learn to use a computer
  • working with someone to trace their family tree
  • cataloguing and indexing books

As an archivists you’ll take care of collections of historical items and documents in companies and communities, working with all types of materials, from books and maps to film and electronic files.

Increasingly, the best companies are those which make the best use of knowledge and information, with specialist staff ensuring that the right information is easily available to colleagues and customers. Information services work can involve:

  • writing reports for staff
  • managing intranets
  • website content
  • running workshops for staff on adopting best practice
  • helping people find the right information

This apprenticeship is a good base for moving on to further education, as career progression in this field often requires a degree.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of apprenticeship.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You can train in roles like:

  • information assistant
  • library assistant
  • archive assistant
  • records assistant
  • search room assistant
  • learning support assistant
  • productions assistant

Advanced level apprenticeship

You can train in roles like:

  • archive co-ordinator
  • records co-ordinator
  • senior library assistant
  • information services co-ordinator
  • library services supervisor

Apply for a libraries, archives, records and information management services apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education