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Apprentices represent the future, both for individual companies and for the construction industry as a whole.

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that are available in three different levels, from GCSE equivalent up to degree level.

They’re open to new and existing employees and enable employers to train their workforce to meet the current and future skills needs of their business; There is no better way to bring in the skills that help secure new contracts for your business.

We are one of the largest providers of apprenticeships in the West Midlands – we have more than 1,500 apprentices training with us.


Apprenticeship Standards

Groundworkers are the first trade onto a construction and civil engineering site and they work closely with supervisors and engineers in interpreting design specifications to prepare the site ready for the structural building works to take place.

Cost: No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition, find out more

  • Cost No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.
  • Duration: Typically 18 months plus end point assessment
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Scaffolding offers an exciting, physically demanding and financially rewarding career path for those who wish to enter into the industry. Qualifying as a Scaffolder provides opportunities to work in many different sectors including Construction, Infrastructure, Nuclear, Oil and Gas, Rail, and Events across the UK and internationally. The primary role of a Scaffolder is to provide access solutions or structural support which allows other trades to carry out their roles safely whilst working at height. Upon completion of this apprenticeship, the operative will have achieved the established trade competency for the scaffolding industry which will enable them to erect, alter and dismantle a wide range of scaffolding structures as covered by this training and assessment. Scaffolding is a safety critical trade and each individual working in the sector must be aware of their responsibility to themselves, those they are working with, the end user of the scaffold and also others who they may come into contact with whilst carrying other their role e.g. other trades, clients, members of the public.

  • Cost No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.
  • Duration: Typically 24 months plus EPA
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This occupation involves installing a range of roofing materials and products, at height. It includes interpreting drawings, measuring and calculating the required amount of materials. Roofing work can involve anything from repairing a single tile or slate on a domestic property, to re-roofing public buildings such as schools, working on new build housing projects, or installing the roof on large commercial buildings.

Cost: No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition, find out more here.

  • Cost No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.
  • Duration: Typically 18 – 24 months
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A Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative will undertake reactive and planned rural and urban roads maintenance and repair. They will work outside in all weathers and may be required to work at all times of the day and night at various locations.

They work as part of a team carrying out the repairs and individually, when preparing the area for repair. Skilled Operatives must also be able to interpret and work to drawings and specifications when carrying out repairs to the highway.

This work, using hand or power tools, could include repairs to potholes, replacement and reinstatement of pavements and kerbs, installing street ironworks and laying new surfaces, to ensure roads and pathways are suitable for driving of vehicles or pedestrians to walk safely on.

They also use equipment to locate buried water, gas or sewer lines, and once identified excavate by hand around the line to stop any damage and disruption to services. The Skilled Operative will prepare, set up and work within Temporary Traffic Management on rural and urban roads, which allows for the movement and flow of traffic and pedestrian restrictions.

  • Cost No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.
  • Duration: Typically 18 months plus EPA
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The occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. This is a core and options apprenticeship, with two pathways:

Pathway 1: A Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and fixing building components, from the initial erection of a new building, through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities.

Pathway 2: An Architectural Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop producing timber based building components and other architectural products, such as doors, windows, units and staircases, which are then transported to construction sites to be installed by site carpenters.

  • Cost No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.
  • Duration: Typically 24 months plus EPA
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Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments. Electricians might work in both indoor and outdoor settings. Electrical equipment and systems may include switchboards, motors, cables, fuses, thermal relays, fault current protection switches, heating, lighting, air conditioning and metering equipment as well as crime and fire alarm systems and renewable energy technologies. They are able to work on their own proficiently and work without immediate supervision in the most efficient and economical manner.

They may contribute to the design of electrical systems. They are able to set out jobs from drawings and specifications and requisition the necessary installation materials.

Electrical safety is an important area of Electricians’ work. On completion of their work the electrical systems must be safe to use. They must adhere to safe working practices without endangering themselves or others.

Installation Electricians work on the installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of low voltage (less than 1000v) electrical and electronic devices and appliances.

Maintenance Electricians work on the maintenance of electrical and electronic installations including automated production systems. Duties include the supervision of the equipment, its maintenance and necessary repairs.

  • Cost No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.
  • Duration: Typically 42-48 months plus EPA
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Painters and Decorators operate in domestic and commercial properties and undertake the decoration and protection of buildings. Properties include houses, schools, offices, hospitals factories and construction sites. Working internally or externally they work individually and/or as part of a team applying water-borne and/or solvent-borne paint coatings and wallcoverings.

They have good knowledge of paint coatings and wallcoverings and understand and comply with statutory, safety and environmental requirements. They are responsible for their own work achieving a high quality finish at the appropriate pace. They are good problem solvers and communicators and are able to interact effectively with colleagues, clients and associated trades.

  • Cost No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.
  • Duration: Typically 36 months plus EPA
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Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians plan, select, install, service, commission and maintain all aspects of plumbing and heating systems. Plumbing and domestic heating technicians can find themselves working inside or outside a property. Customer service skills and being tidy and respectful are important qualities as they can often find themselves working in customers’ homes as well as on building sites.

As a competent Plumbing and Heating Technician, the installation of plumbing and heating systems includes accurate measuring, marking, cutting, bending and jointing metallic and non-metallic pipework. Appliances and equipment can include gas, oil and solid fuel boilers as well as pumps, heat emitters, bathroom furniture or controls as part of a cold water, hot water, and central heating or above ground drainage and rainwater systems.

Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians are at the forefront of installing new and exciting environmental technologies like heat pumps, solar thermal systems, biomass boilers and water recycling systems. It is important for a plumbing and heating technician to be able to work independently or as a team and use their knowledge and skills to ensure that both the system and appliances are appropriately selected and correctly installed, often without any supervision, and done so in a safe, efficient and economical manner to minimise waste.

  • Cost No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.
  • Duration: Typically 46 months plus EPA
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The primary role of a Property Maintenance Operative is to optimise property condition and quality and to ensure the building is kept in a safe working condition.

Property Maintenance Operatives need to maintain a high level of quality, providing maximum satisfaction to customers, clients, guests and team. They will understand the mechanism of buildings including electrical, plumbing, plant, safety systems and equipment. They will provide first and immediate response to fault finding, whilst maximising quality and ensuring cost effectiveness. They will ensure prevention of major damage that could result in extensive costs and minimise reactive intervention.

  • Cost No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.
  • Duration: Typically 24 months plus EPA
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The construction sector is the driving force behind the UK economy, employing three million people and contributing 6.4% of GDP. Not only that, the construction industry is central to delivering the homes, schools, hospitals, energy and transport infrastructure our society demands. A career in the construction industry is like no other. Plastering is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector and refurbishment sectors. The Government has a target to build significantly more new homes over the coming years and therefore the demand for plasterers has never been higher.

The occupation covered by this apprenticeship standard is for a Plasterer that will specialise in either Solid or Fibrous plaster work after undertaking the core learning.

All plasterers can work on their own or as part of a small team. They work on small-scale domestic jobs, repairs and restoration and on big commercial developments such as schools or hospitals.

Plasterers will often complete dry lining projects during their career. Although a person may specialise solely in dry lining, a plasterer must have the knowledge of dry lining in addition to their knowledge and skills to plaster.

Whilst some plasterers are directly employed by companies specialising in plastering, there are a lot who are self-employed and are sub contracted by companies to work on new or existing buildings.

  • Cost No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.
  • Duration: Typically 36 months plus EPA
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The construction sector is the driving force behind the UK economy, employing three million people and contributing 6.4% of GDP.

Not only that, the construction industry is central to delivering the homes, schools, hospitals, energy and transport infrastructure our society demands. A career in the construction industry is like no other. Bricklaying is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector. The Government has a target to build significantly more new homes over the coming years and therefore the demand for bricklayers has never been higher.

Bricklayers lay bricks, blocks and other types of building components in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures eg chimney stacks. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects. The range of sites and projects that bricklayers will work on include large commercial developments, new builds in housing, alterations, extensions and restorations. A bricklayer may work one-on-one or on larger jobs where their bricklaying group (gang) may work on a particular section of a building alongside other bricklaying gangs as well as other trades.

  • Cost No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.
  • Duration: Typically 24 months plus EPA
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Business Support Apprenticeships

Business administrators have a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied in all sectors. This includes small and large businesses alike; from the public sector, private sector and charitable sector. The role may involve working independently or as part of a team and will involve developing, implementing, maintaining and improving administrative services. Business administrators develop key skills and behaviours to support their own progression towards management responsibilities.

The responsibilities of the role are to support and engage with different parts of the organisation and interact with internal or external customers. With a focus on adding value, the role of business administrator contributes to the efficiency of an organisation, through support of functional areas, working across teams and resolving issues as requested. The flexibility and responsiveness required allow the apprentice to develop a wide range of skills.

The business administrator is expected to deliver their responsibilities efficiently and with integrity – showing a positive attitude. The role involves demonstrating strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and adopting a proactive approach to developing skills. The business administrator should also show initiative and be able to manage priorities and their own time, as well as demonstrating problem-solving and decision-making skills together with the potential for people management responsibilities, through mentoring or coaching others.

  • Cost There is no cost to the apprentice.
  • Duration: Typically 12-18 months plus EPA
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As the first point of contact for customers, an exceptional level of communication skills is required, as well as a sound understanding of the product or service – demonstrating an understanding of their influence in the overall customer experience.

Practitioners will become confident in dealing with customer orders and payments, customer complaints, after care, offering guidance and sales, as well as customer satisfaction measurement. This could be by phone, face-to-face, post, email, text or social media.

  • Cost No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.
  • Duration: Typically 12-15 months plus EPA
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A team leader/supervisor is a first line management role, with operational/project responsibilities or responsibility for managing a team to deliver a clearly defined outcome. They provide direction, instruction and guidance to ensure the achievement of set goals. Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, specific responsibilities will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same whatever the role.

Key responsibilities are likely to include supporting, managing and developing team members, managing projects, planning and monitoring workloads and resources, delivering operational plans, resolving problems, and building relationships internally and externally.

Roles/Occupations may include: Supervisor, Team Leader, Project Officer, Shift Supervisor, Foreperson, and Shift Manager.

  • Cost No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.
  • Duration: Typically 15-18 months plus EPA
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This apprenticeship is ideal for those currently working as or looking for work as a Manager, Head of Function or Area Manager.

Managers at this level play an integral role in developing and supporting organisational objectives through a wide range of functions such as: managing team dynamics, delegation and capability building, planning and managing projects and managing budgets.

Employer overview

Apprentices on this course will develop the following skills, knowledge and behaviours:

  • Leadership skills, including self-management, relationship building, negotiation and influencing skills
  • Communication and decision making skills
  • Information technology skills
  • Knowledge and project management skills
  • Coaching and mentoring skills
  • Skills to win and maintain customer loyalty
  • Change management skills such as the ability to manage the challenges of globalisation
  • Partnership working and the ability to implement innovative solutions to a range of problems.

Over the course of the programme, apprentices will work towards achievement of a Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management.

  • Cost There is no cost to the apprentice.
  • Duration: Typically 24 months plus EPA
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Degree Apprenticeships combine higher education study and work-based learning to enable apprentices to achieve a higher-level award (e.g. a Foundation, Bachelors or Masters qualification) all whilst continuing employment.

The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship course (CMDA) BA (Hons), in partnership with the prestigious University of Worcester, integrates expert knowledge with hands-on experience in the workplace, all whilst employees continue with paid employment.

This apprenticeship is ideal for managers or aspiring employees who have responsibility for people, projects or services within the private, public sector or third sector, with the expectation that they will offer added value to the organisation.

Employer overview

Degree Apprenticeships are ideal for employers looking to upskill existing talented staff with minimal disruption to the workplace. The CMDA course provides aspiring managers or those looking to enhance their expertise, the tools to develop crucial skills vital to the development of all businesses, including:

  • Logical and effective decision making
  • Interpreting and handling management data
  • Managing people, time, projects and resources
  • Strong team leadership

For groups of 15 or more delegates from one organisation, we can offer flexible delivery options.

  • Cost There is no cost to the apprentice
  • Duration: Typically 36 months plus EPA
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The Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship Standard, which is equivalent to completing an Accounting A-Level, prepares apprentices with the knowledge to be able to move forward into junior and entry-level accounting roles.

As an Assistant Accountant, apprentices will learn how to offer support within the day-to-day running of financial activities in an organisation. The role primarily includes data entry, double entry and advanced bookkeeping as well as basic costing principles and final accounts.

  • Cost No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition.
  • Duration: Typically 12-18 months plus EPA
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