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Apprenticeships are a highly valued entry route into construction and are open to anyone aged 16 and over.
They offer a chance to work on-the-job with experienced staff, and combine practical and academic learning.
As a construction apprentice, you’ll be employed full time. You’ll avoid student debt and earn a wage whilst gaining industry-specific qualifications. 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.
There are so many great reasons to do a construction apprenticeship! From helping others in your community, to saving money, making friends for life, or travelling the world, we’ve listed some of the biggest benefits, to help you decide whether an apprenticeship could be for you.
1. You can learn while you work
An apprenticeship is a job with training and while you won't be earning big bucks straight away, you'll get a wage, learn new skills, and gain recognised qualifications.
2. You won't rack up huge debts
Many university graduates have large student loan debts which take years to pay off. An apprenticeship is free no matter what age you are.
3. Gain hands-on experience
During an apprenticeship you'll get practical experience. You'll see the job done first-hand - and then be able to have a go yourself.
4. Learn important life skills
Learn time-keeping, decision-making, how to meet deadlines, and even the importance of a good night's sleep! All will boost your confidence.
There are different types of construction apprenticeships available. You can enter at a level which is right for you, depending on your existing experience, qualifications and your choice of job role.
|Type of apprenticeship||Level||Equivalent qualification|
|Intermediate||2||5 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–C)|
|Advanced||3||2 A-levels, a Level 3 Diploma or International Baccalaureate|
|Higher||4, 5, 6, 7||Foundation degree and above|
|Degree||6, 7||Bachelor’s or Master’s degree|
Each type of apprenticeship will have different entry requirements and individual vacancies will state these. Employers will also take into consideration previous work experience and your enthusiasm for the role.
Course lengths vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and your employer. Once you have completed an apprenticeship, you can move on to the next level to progress and open up further career options.
It's a good question! There are benefits to completing a degree or an apprenticeship. Employers hold those from both routes in high regard.
Construction-related university courses often focus on theoretical study, but many include practical experience in the form of a year in industry. If you complete a higher or degree level apprenticeship, your qualification will be equivalent to an undergraduate or masters degree, but you will have gained much more hands-on experience.
Once you have completed your construction apprenticeship, you will be awarded an industry-specific qualification.
Your employer may 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, you may choose to look elsewhere for work and gain experience with another employer.
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 may need to look elsewhere to continue your training.