Apprenticeships


What are the different options available?
Click here to see the different routes and options available.
- Traditional
- Displaced
- Pathway Led


What are the different levels of commitment I need to make?
Click here to view the many options available for you to make your commitment to the next generation of our industry.

What makes up a Framework for an Apprentice and how do I know I am recruiting the right candidate to enable me to claim my CSkills grants?
Click here and this will explain the process in more detail, but for further advice and guidance contact Sam Farmery.

Is there a simple step-by-step guide to recruiting an Apprentice?
Click here and it will help you to understand the process on one page.

How can I progress my career in construction after I have completed my apprenticeship?
Click here to see the progression routes available.

How can I find out the range of career options available, what the job entails and what skills and qualifications are needed?
Click here to give you an idea of all the jobs available, plus the skills and qualifications needed.

How do I register to become a ConstructionSkills Apprentice?
Click here to register all your details


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Click the links below to view the apprentice processes.




Apprenticeships what are they?

An apprentice will train towards a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)/ Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in their chosen occupation. These are nationally recognised, competence based qualifications that prove standards of work expected in industry have been met.

Training is undertaken both at college/training centre and on site. There are two parts to gaining an NVQ/SVQ: college training and assessment and work-based evidence gained on site. Use the dropdown menu for more information on apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships are designed by business for business. Sector Skills Councils composed of business representatives from the relevant sector or industry decide on the course content within their own sector. And because they genuinely understand your business, the training will be relevant.

This means Apprenticeships offer your business relevant, recognised qualifications because they have been developed by people who genuinely understand what you do.

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What are the business benefits?

For an apprentice, an Apprenticeship isn't just a job; it's the first step towards a long-term career. Your business could be one of thousands across Britain that have benefited so far from training an apprentice.

For more information on how Apprenticeships can work for you, call 08000 150 400 for your free employer's pack.

  • Improved productivity - Apprenticeships equip young people with the skills and knowledge to do the job better. And because they are motivated they work harder and more effectively for your business.
  • Motivated people - Apprentices are motivated people who are keen to learn. By offering Apprenticeships you will find it easier to recruit and retain able young people.
  • Relevant training - Apprenticeships are designed by businesses in your sector to meet the needs of your business. This means the training is always relevant and it is tailored to the needs of your sector by people who genuinely understand what you do.
  • Avoid skills shortages - Apprenticeships allow you to invest in your business's future. By taking on an apprentice you can acquire specialist skills for your business that allow you to keep abreast of new technology.

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What is the process for getting an apprentice through the CSkills?

Through the Construction Apprenticeship Scheme (CAS), we can help you recruit the right people by screening potential apprentices and administering a formal apprenticeship agreement between you and your apprentice.

To take on an apprentice through the ConstructionSkills Managing Agency, you must be registered and in-scope to ConstructionSkills and have obtained:

  • A Health and Safety check
  • Employer and Public Liability Insurance
  • Upon registering the apprentice to CAS or SBATC, a college place will be arranged.

As an employer you also have certain responsibilities for your apprentice. To get the best from them, you should agree an Individual Training Plan and:

  • Allow time for Learning so the apprentice can attend off-the-job training
  • Provide opportunities for craft-related work experience to develop their skills (they need proof of this to meet the NVQ requirements)
  • Meet minimum recommended pay rates for all apprentices
  • Encourage the apprentice to undertake further studies

You will be required to carry out a company induction at the start of employment. Details of what must be included will be discussed with you by your ConstructionSkills Apprenticeship Officer.

Contact details of Apprenticeship Officers can be obtained by contacting Sam Farmery.

You must also appoint a least one Work Based Recorder to support and guide your apprentice with evidence gathering and to verify that standards have been met.

Companies must also comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Apprentices must be given a comprehensive health and safety induction.

Apprenticeship registration with the SBATC provides both the employer and the individual with a formal contract, using a Deed of Apprenticeship. This covers things such as employment, structured training in the chosen occupation and a specified period of apprenticeship.

Employers, apprentices and parents/guardians all sign the formal Deed committing to each other for the period of training.

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