What is a construction apprenticeship?

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Apprenticeships are a form of education that combines practical ‘on the job’ training with studying in the classroom. Construction apprentices work for a company part time whilst also studying towards their qualifications. A construction apprentice also earns a salary for the duration of their scheme.  At the end of the course, they will have earned a nationally certified qualification and all the experience they need to succeed.

Apprenticeships for the construction industry are highly rewarding trades and routes into supervision and management. Construction and building apprenticeships will provide all the skills and knowledge needed to have a successful career.

How a construction apprenticeship works

Employers in the construction industry like apprenticeships because they help develop new employees with the skills, education and experience they need. Apprentices like them because they allow them to gain job-specific skills and a formal qualification whilst still earning a wage. There are many different forms of apprenticeship, but typically, they take o18-24 months to complete and involve studying one day per week, or through block release.

Once you start your apprenticeship, you will be taken through an induction programme which will guide you through your training and the contents of the programme, including the studying of any formal qualifications. We will also help and advise students throughout their apprenticeship. We will also help, guide and advise our apprentices, please do not hesitate to ask questions if there is anything you are unsure about.

All apprenticeships are different but they often include:

  • on-the-job coaching and learning
  • off-the-job learning
  • employer induction and training
  • online learning and support
  • workbooks
  • projects
  • mentoring and line management support
  • regular workplace reviews
  • specific training for individuals

Apprenticeship courses available from NHBC

Our apprenticeships enable you to earn a wage from day one, whilst getting the training you need to earn a recognised and respected qualification.

Our site supervisor apprentices study one day a week through our learning facilities, and our bricklaying apprentices will benefit through block release from our new, purpose-built Training Hub, enabling them to immerse themselves in a realistic working environment, including the chance to build substantial structures.

Construction Site Supervisor

This apprenticeship offers the perfect start for anyone embarking on a career in site management. Construction Site Supervisors will manage sub-contractors, ongoing operations, ensuring quality with a view to moving into management as they develop.

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We think this apprenticeship is a game changer! After an initial 5 week period of intensive hands-on training at one of our unique training hubs, apprentices will join your site health and safety savvy and with sufficient basic skills to be able to positively contribute on day one.

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