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Apprenticeship way into the Industry

In a nutshell, Apprenticeships are a way to build up work skills, train towards a qualification and get knowledge of the industry. They allow you to learn and earn an income at the same time.

You may not know this but a lot of people currently working within the industry came in through Apprenticeships!

Who is it for?

Literally anyone aged 16 and over. Whether you’re starting your career, want a change or you're upskilling in your current job. You can have a previous qualification like a degree and still start an apprenticeship!

How long does it last?

Apprenticeships take between one and six years to complete, depending on the level you pick! As a Construction apprentice, you’ll be employed full time:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeships typically last between one year and 18 months. It is split between 80% work and 20% study.

  • Advanced Apprenticeships are usually studied over two years.

  • Higher Apprenticeships can take up to five years to complete.

  • Degree Apprenticeships take three-to-six years to complete.

What’s included in an Apprenticeship?

Your time will be split between practical working and academic learning towards a qualification. As an apprentice you’ll:

  • Learn and train for a specific job.

  • Get hands-on experience in a real job.

  • Study for at least 20% of your working hours - usually at a college, university or with a training provider. 

  • Complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship.

How do I get onto a Apprenticeship?

First you’ll need to pick the course you want to do!. There are 100's of diverse, rewarding construction apprenticeships to choose from. You could be behind a drawing board, developing project management skills, training as a craftsperson and more. 

Choosing the best apprenticeship for you will depend on your level of education, work experience and the kind of job you want to pursue within Construction. If you’re someone wanting to change careers and already have previous qualifications or transferable skills, this will help you start at an intermediate or higher level apprenticeship straight away! 

Apprenticeships are available at:

  • Intermediate level 2 - equivalent to GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C). To apply for this level  you'll just need to be over 16 years old and no longer in full-time education.

  • Advanced level 3 -  equivalent to A Levels grades, Level 3 Diploma or International Baccalaureate. To apply for this level you'll likely be asked for at least three GCSE grades (9-4) or an intermediate apprenticeship qualification.

  • Higher level 4 & 5  - equivalent to a university Foundation degree, HNC or first year of bachelor's degree. To apply you’ll need at least five GCSE grades (9-4) and some Level 3 qualifications such as AS-levels, a BTEC National or a Level 3 NVQ. Your Level 3 subjects should be relevant!

  • Degree level 6 & 7  -  equivalent to a university Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. To apply you’ll need at least five GCSE grades (9-4) and three A-levels in a specified grade range or a higher apprenticeship qualification. It's also likely you'll be required to have prior work experience.

 If you don’t live in England, check out apprenticeship options in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.

What happens once I complete my Apprenticeship? 

Once complete you’ll be awarded an industry-specific qualification! Your employer may just offer you a full-time job (on their wage structure) or you could discuss the possibility of progressing onto a higher level apprenticeship with them!


Of course if the company you completed your first apprenticeship with is unable to provide you with the correct work experience for a higher level qualification, you can look elsewhere to continue your training or to gain further experience.

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