Parents' guide

Supporting your child through the apprenticeship process.

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Finding the right option

All parents and guardians want the best for their child and there is often pressure for them to continue with their education at sixth-form college or university. However, that route is just not right for many young people. Thankfully there are several other options that can create a pathway to a rewarding and well-paid career.

If your child is interested in a career in construction, an apprenticeship could be the perfect route to success. Apprenticeships are a popular alternative to college and uni, offering the chance to get a qualification and relevant work experience, whilst earning a wage and there are no tuition fees or loans to worry about.

What qualifications does my child need to do an apprenticeship?

NHBC’s house-building apprenticeships are available to anyone aged 16 and over and living in the UK. So…whether you’ve just taken your GCSEs, you’re still studying, or you’ve already been in the world of work for a while, an apprenticeship could be the perfect next step for you.

Types of apprenticeships

There are various levels of apprenticeship to apply for depending on your child’s current skills and qualifications. Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

  • Apprenticeship Level 2: equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Apprenticeship Level 3: equivalent to two ‘A’ level passes
  • Higher Apprenticeship Levels 4, 5, and 6: Foundation degree and above

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

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Earn a salary

Earn a salary and paid holidays while they learn.

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Gain a qualification

Gain a valued qualification in their area of interest.

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Work alongside experts

Work alongside industry experts and experienced tutors.

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No student loan

No student loan or tuition fees to worry about.

How much will an apprenticeship cost?

Your child has no fees to pay for NHBC apprenticeships or Higher Level Apprenticeships training as this is all funded by the by ESFA (Education Skills Funding Agency) through the Industry Levy.

How much will my child get paid?

Your child’s employer will pay them in the same way they would any other member of the team. By law, all apprentices have to be paid the National Minimum Wage however some employers pay more than this and your child can negotiate their pay before they start.

Apprenticeship courses

Start your career in construction today with an apprenticeship in Bricklaying or Construction Site Supervision.

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What is a construction apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a form of education that combine practical on-the-job training with studying in the classroom.

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Who can apply for a construction apprenticeship?

NHBC’s house-building apprenticeships are available to anyone aged 16 and over and living in the UK.

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How to apply for a construction apprenticeship?

As well as offering training and a qualification, an apprenticeship is a real job, with a real wage, so an application should be approached in the same way as any other paid position.

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Is your child looking for a construction apprenticeship but not currently employed?

To be eligible for a construction apprenticeship you must be employed in a related job role. We work with Talentview Construction who can help match you with employers. Are you ready to kickstart your career into construction?

Questions and answers for parents