Apprentices

The construction industry is currently facing a skills gap of both trade and professional construction workers and consequently there are a lot of opportunities available for construction apprentices.

The interest in the Worcestershire Construction Apprentice Academy continues to grow, and since its establishment in 2014, we now have 16 apprentices who have successfully applied with their employer to receive funding and trade vouchers to support their skills and learning. 

Every school year and in partnership with the Heart of Worcestershire College, we look to support additional apprenticeships throughout Worcestershire. If you are interested, please visit the Applying page.
 

BENEFITS

Apprenticeships provide opportunities for you to:

  • Gain practical experience in a real-life environment
  • Train with current industry professionals
  • Undertake work experience which can be fundamental to applying for future positions
  • Hold a real, valid qualification
  • Network with industry professionals

TYPES OF QUALIFICATION

There are three types of apprenticeship levels in England:

  • Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher – lead to NVQ Level 4 and above or a Foundation Degree

An apprenticeship qualification can lead onto a job and a long-term career or further qualifications.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

The National Minimum Wage for an Apprentice aged under 19 is £3.30 per hour, if you are aged 19 or over the National Minimum Wage is £3.30 per hour for the first year of their Apprenticeship then after 12 months of employment your salary migrates to the National Minimum Wage for your age.

Apprentices supported by the WCAA will also receive an additional trade voucher of up to £250 to help them purchase tools and equipment for their training.

More information can be found at www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates.

DO I QUALIFY?

To be eligible for funding from the Worcestershire Construction Apprentice Academy, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged between 16-24;
  • Undertaking your apprenticeship training with the Heart of Worcestershire College;
  • Undertaking an apprenticeship within bricklaying, carpentry or painting and decorating;
  • Be located within Worcestershire, as must your employer.

Need to know more? Speak to one of our advisers at the Heart of Worcestershire College who can offer clear and friendly advice on how to apply for an apprenticeship.