Apprenticeships are for companies and individuals of all ages who want to develop new skills in construction.

For construction companies, Apprenticeships are…

  • A good way to make sure skilled labour is available to meet demand.
  • Great for recruiting new staff or up skilling or retraining existing workers.
  • Supported by the Government so funding and grants are available to help with the cost of training.
  • Flexible, so training can be tailored around business needs.
  • A way to improve productivity and efficiency on site.

For Apprentices, Apprenticeships offer…

  • A great way to learn and gain valuable experience on construction sites.
  • A way to secure a job, learning new skills while earning a wage.
  • Training programmes that support to encourage achievement.
  • High quality and relevant training.
  • A proven way to progress and build a successful career in construction.

Apprenticeships are available in many construction jobs at three levels:
Intermediate, Advanced and Higher.

Apprenticeships teach the theory and practical skills needed so Apprentices can work on site, improve skills and build on experience.

There are 5 elements in an Apprenticeship:

  • Competence – The main aim of the Apprenticeship is to achieve an industry recognised qualification. In construction this is an NVQ.
  • Knowledge – This element teaches all the theory and practical skills of the trade.
  • Transferable Skills – Such as Functional Skills which help apply English and Maths skills in to you job and everyday life.
  • Employment Rights & Responsibilities Teaches you responsibilities and rights as employees.
  • Personal Listening & Thinking Skills Skills that are essential to life, learning and work.

Duration – The length of the Apprenticeship depends on the trade and existing experience. Apprenticeships are a minimum of 1 year up to 4 years.

Location – Apprenticeships are delivered through a mix of classroom based training and learning by working on construction sites. Generally, Apprentices attend training 1 day per week and work on site for the remaining 4 days, however this differs dependent upon the employers requirements.

Those who successfully complete qualifications within the Apprenticeship Framework will receive certificates from the chosen awarding organisation.

Those who achieve all qualifications within the Apprenticeship Framework will achieve a full Apprenticeship Framework Certificate.

Construction Contractors require Apprentices to hold a valid CSCS card. The most Appropriate card is the CSCS Apprentice (Red) Card. This can be obtained once Apprentices are registered on the Apprenticeship and a valid CITB Health, Safety and Environment test (within 2 years) is held. The CSCS Apprentice (Red) Card is valid for 4 years.