For most businesses people are your most important asset – they look after your customers, they bring in new business and they are the face of your business.

Our Take One service, launched in 2013, is our business service encouraging you to take advantage of the links and introductions we can make for you to the range of recruitment and training businesses in Merton who can help you take on a new member of your team, either as an apprentice, work experience, paid intern or volunteer.



Take One has…

  • Engaged over 300 Merton businesses through presentations and discussions about Apprenticeships, securing a commitment to finding out more
  • Provided over 130 businesses with capacity building and one to one support to engage in Apprenticeships
  • Secured 150 new Apprenticeship opportunities for Merton
  • Ran promotional campaigns, events and workshops to promote benefits of Apprenticeships to Merton businesses
  • Developed a national, on line training resource through a toolkit for apprenticeship providers  – recognising the success and good practice of Take One

South London Partnership

The South London Partnership is a sub-regional collaboration of five London boroughs: Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton.

Working together and with partners in and beyond our area, SLP champions and seeks to build on the many strengths of South London.

They are ambitious for our future – for the opportunities it can offer people and businesses and for the contribution we can make to London and the whole of the UK.

Building on many years of collaborative working, SLP focuses on issues where working together can add value to what individual boroughs could achieve on their own.

Securing the skills to support residents into sustainable employment and to support the growth aspirations of existing and future businesses in South London is a key priority for SLP

Take a look here at the South London Partnerships website which includes the new “Skills for South Londoners” Strategy here

Position: Public Health Apprentice – Ref: 5263
Borough: Merton
Grade: ME4, ME5
Area: Morden
Location: Merton Civic Centre
Salary Range: £15,000 – £19,999
Number of hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term

Please click here to view and apply for this opportunity.

Position: Solicitor Apprentice (2 posts) – Ref: 5273
Borough: Merton
Grade: ME14, ME5, ME10, ME8
Area: Morden
Location: Other
Salary Range: £25,000 – £29,999, £40,000 – £44,999, £30,000 – £34,999, £15,000 – £19,999
Number of hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Apprenticeship

Please click here to view and apply for this opportunity.

For help and more information from Merton Chamber about possible Apprenticehip opportunities in the borough please contact us on 020 8944 5501 or

For help and more information from Merton Chamber about possible job opportunities in the borough please contact us on 020 8944 5501 or

For help and more information from Merton Chamber about possible volunteering opportunities in the borough please contact us on 020 8944 5501 or

“Lorraine McReight has been a full-time, self-employed therapist since 1995, and was saddened by the number of competent therapists she had met over the years who had been unable to make a living from their passion in hypnotherapy. So, she decided to set up a small business, London Hypnotherapy, running interactive classes with therapists who wanted to become full-time, successful practitioners. Her practice soon grew and expanded, which was great. However, Lorraine found herself swamped with all the admin involved, and it soon became clear that she needed some administrative support.

This is where Merton Chamber’s Take One’s Service came in. Lorraine approached Linda King, the Take One Manager, at a Chamber networking event, and they talked about how she could go about recruiting someone. Linda helped with advertising the job description, and put forward a suitable candidate called Abby Robb who had the right skillset and matched the job description. Lorraine interviewed Abby and decided to appoint her for 10 hours a week in the first instance. Lorraine says ‘it is likely the hours will increase as the business grows’.”

Lorraine McReight

London Hypnotherapy Academy

“I spoke to Linda at the Chamber and she gave me advice about taking on an apprentice. I was interested at the time in taking on a young person and offering them the opportunity to gain experience within the recruitment industry. Rhian has been with us since July 2015, and she’s grown a huge amount and has recently won the Capital Training Group Apprentice of the Year. She has been a great addition to the business, providing a different viewpoint and a fresh approach to tasks. She has grasped the recruitment process and has made several placements contributing to our annual turnover. I would recommend that any business, regardless of their size or turnover, should seriously consider the benefit and reward that taking on an apprentice can provide.” Julie Rose

Rhodium Consulting

Inspired to Take One?

 In the first instance, call our business advisers on 020 8944 5501

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