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The sublime to the ridiculous – unusual apprenticeships you never knew existed.


Fancy something a little different? “There is often a misconception about the range of apprenticeships, the roles available and careers they can lead to,” Sue Richardson, managing director of Hygiene Sue,  “While there are tons of good apprenticeships in traditional industries, it’s not all about high-vis vests, hardhats, and hospitality – there are possibilities including roles in film and TV, tech, engineering and more.”


In fact here at Hygiene Sue we now are taking on Apprenticeships for Funeral Directors and Funeral team members.  A Funeral Director has overall responsibility for the client by arranging, conducting and managing the funeral. The funeral director will act as a role model, mentor and coach to the team, liaising with a wide range of organisations and services on behalf of the client to deliver the funeral.

The other apprenticeship we offer  is Funeral team member. Here you would be the first point of contact for the business so must create a good first impression, build good client relationships and make a positive difference to their clients at a challenging, emotional time. A Funeral team member will specialise in one of two roles. A Funeral Arranger – Supports the funeral director by arranging funerals and pre-payment plans, handling customer enquiries, sales and after care either on or off site. Administration and payment reconciliation is a part of this job role. A Funeral Operative – Plays an active role in assisting the funeral director on funerals, cleaning and driving a variety of vehicles, bringing the deceased into care, preparing the deceased and coffins and supporting client visits. Operatives will participate in an out-of-hours service.

So you see, as Sue said, its not all hard hats and Hi viz  below are just a few more of the more unusual apprenticeships on offer.

Automotive clay modeller
Today’s cars are designed with the use of sophisticated computer technology, but when it comes to a model of the finished product they turn to old-fashioned clay. Modellers transform the design drawings into quarter or full-size 3D models.

Blacksmiths can make horseshoes but, by law, only registered farriers and their apprentices or qualified veterinary surgeons are allowed to fit them. It’s an ancient craft unlikely to be taken over by technology.

Radio plugger
You might think that hit singles get to the top on pure merit. Think again. Behind the scenes is an army of radio “pluggers” employed by artists and labels to lobby radio stations and get on their playlists. It can be a lucrative career, but not one for the fainthearted.

Glass blower
An apprenticeship with a master glassblower is the best way to learn this traditional craft which is still in demand today. It’s not all puff though. You will need a good eye for design and a grasp of the industry and the market.

Stable hand
If you love riding, then this is a way to make your passion your career. You train to manage the yard, which means responsibility for the overall welfare of horses. But you will also deal with trainers and vets, so you’ve got to like people as well.

Computer games tester
A dream job for gamers, but it could be a test of your patience. Testers need to check different levels, detect and find the cause of faults, compare games with others on the market and even check the spelling.

You’ve heard of dairy farming and pig farming but what about bee farming? The UK produces only 14% of the honey it consumes compared with the European average of 60%. Bee farmers are taking on apprentices to help them improve crop yields, so this could be a growth area post-Brexit.

Diamond mounter
Once you’ve mastered the skills of jewellery making, you can take a leap into the luxury market through an advanced level apprenticeship in diamond mounting. You will be handling valuable stones and, one day, you might be able to afford them.

Trainee spy
Get an insight into the hidden world of national security and help keep the country safe. Learn to code break, build electronic equipment and run telephone interceptions.

If any of the above has whet your appetite and for all your apprenticeship needs Sue on 01892 524957 or email theteam@hygienesue.co.uk




  • Existing employees aged between 16 and 80 years of age are entitled to receive an apprenticeship. (subject to government eligibility)


  • Government provide 90% of apprenticeship costs                                                                                                           (average apprenticeship costs £3000-£5000)


  • Upskill existing workforce as company grows


  • No need for employees to leave workplace                                                                                                                       (saving time and costs incurred by going to a college or attending specialist courses)


  • Training will be carried out ‘on premises’ by qualified assessors


Hygiene Sue specialises in Apprenticeships in Hospitality, Customer Service & Business Admin and works with a broad range of companies with expertise in many other areas of government funded apprenticeships. 



Contact the team at Hygiene Sue on: 01892 524957