PRESS RELEASE: Apprenticeships with a difference

We're on track to welcome 400 new apprentices in 2018

We had an intake of over 30 new apprentices every month in 2017. That's more than 400 apprentices joining us every year since we launched our apprenticeship programme in 2013, and we're on track to continue to recruit the same number of apprentices again this year. 

Our apprenticeship has attracted a diverse range of applicants over the past five years, drawing in people of all ages and from all walks of life. From classical musicians to plumbers and policemen, Funeralcare is often the chosen career for those wanting a new and rewarding challenge. We've even seen a husband and wife join as apprentices.

In 2016, we celebrated our 1500th apprentice and in 2017 we hit the 2000th landmark. Our 1500th apprentice was 68-year-old Robert Brown from Canterbury who took up the role after a 30 year career in the police force, his most recent role being Detective Sergeant.

Commenting on his role Robert said: “I can honestly say there is no other job I’d rather be doing. After a 30 year stint with the police, I did wonder how I would find working in funerals, but I love it. I only wish I’d done it sooner.”

The apprenticeship programme is designed to provide those embarking on a career in funerals with high quality, industry focussed and nationally recognised qualifications.

Karen Seth, Director of HR – Funeral & Life Planning at Co-op added: “Working within the funeral industry can be an extremely rewarding and satisfying career. Five years since launch, we’re still attracting such a strong pool of applicants and we’re confident we’ll continue to do so. 

“Our intention has always been to provide people from all walks of life with the opportunity to develop a worthwhile career in funerals. Providing they possess compassion, empathy, excellent service and organisational skills, we can teach everything else on the job.”

We deliver the apprenticeship in partnership with Learndirect and remain the only UK national Funeral Director to offer an apprenticeship in Funeral Operations and Services, following its launch in 2013 incorporating a QCF Level 2 and a QCF Level 3 in Funeral Operations and Services (formerly known as NVQ).

Further information about our apprenticeships is available here.

For further information contact

Sarah Pyatt

Press Officer

Lauren Pogson

Senior PR Manager