Construction Apprenticeship: Student Guide

If you’ve ever watched a show like Grand Designs, you’ll know how much work goes into creating a single house. From the architect’s first scribblings to the final lick of paint on the cupboard doors, countless skilled tasks are required.

Now imagine the work that goes into making and maintaining every building in the country, from ancient castles to 21st-century skyscrapers, and you have some idea of the size and scope of the Construction, Planning and Built Environment sector.

An Apprenticeship in this sector could teach you one of the many trades that make our buildings work – from electrical engineering and plumbing to maintaining heating systems and gas networks. Or you might get involved on the planning side – looking at the environmental and social impact of new developments, for example.

Skilled staff are always in demand in this sector, and many job opportunities are set to be created over the next few years. Hundreds of thousands of new homes need to be built, the 2012 Olympics are fast approaching, and millions of existing buildings need to be made more energy-efficient to reduce carbon emissions.

Practical skills are important in this sector, and many roles require physical work. But there’s a demand for creative talents too in jobs like stone masonry, carpentry or even making the sets for plays and films. Being organised and self-motivated can help you get ahead, too – about a third of the people who work in the sector run their own business.

The Apprenticeship Framework

There are three main strands to an Apprenticeship, known as the Framework: a competence-based element, a technical element and a skills element.

The construction industry has had for many years a traditional Apprenticeship programme covering the craft occupations. This framework will help to attract, retain and develop talent into a range of craft occupations at Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) in construction building and provide progression to supervisory and management level in order to provide the industry with a well trained productive workforce.

Craft occupations for painting and decorating, bricklaying, craft masonry, carpentry, joinery, shopfitting, maintenance and woodmachining are carried out in either workshops or construction sites and within domestic or commercial premises.

Intermediate Apprenticeship: The Apprentice will achieve one of the pathways below and an additional two key skills in Application of Number and Communication. There is also a requirement for each Apprentice to complete a further two years at college on the associated pathway dependant of Apprenticeship route.

Pathways on offer: Painting & Decorating, Plumbing & Heating, Carpentry, Bricklaying, Maintenance and Electrical.

Advanced Apprenticeships: On successful completion of a Level 2 Apprenticeship there may be options to progress towards a Level 3 scheme. This is dependent on the range within the employment opportunity and the ability of the Apprentice demonstrated in previous years.

Pathways on offer include:Plumbing and Carpentry.

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Have you considered coming to college full-time if you can’t find an Apprenticeship vacancy? You can start on many of our courses on a full-time basis, then if an Apprenticeship becomes available you can transfer across. Everything you’ll have learnt at college will be valuable to you at work. To discuss your full-time course options call 01902 836000.

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