Employing an apprentice can have benefits for the employer as well as the apprentice, and help you to develop a skilled workforce with relevant experience to your organisation and sector.

Apprentices often bring new and creative ideas to an organisation and can be more inclined to stay in employment should opportunities arise at the end of their apprenticeship, helping you to retain skilled workers.

Through the Worcestershire Construction Apprentice Academy, you could receive a financial grant which can be used towards paying your apprentice's salary, with your apprentice receiving trade vouchers to help purchase tools and equipment for personal use. 

To find out more visit our Applying page. 


An apprenticeship allows trainees to learn skills on the job, while earning a salary - providing them with real-life training and experience and a valid qualification.

An apprenticeship can take between 1-4 years to complete, and work through modules as dictated by their training provider (for example a local college), although many employers can also deliver relevant key skills and training bespoke to their organisation. Apprentices usually work at least 30 hours per week.

National apprenticeship qualifications are available at intermediate, advanced and higher (degree) levels, however the Worcestershire Construction Apprentice Academy (WCAA) will be mainly supporting those at intermediate and advanced levels.


The National Minimum Wage for an Apprentice aged under 19 is £3.30 per hour, if the apprentice is 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 the salary migrates to the National Minimum Wage for the relevant age group.

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

Financial support is available through the WCAA to help employers support their apprentice.


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

  • Be considered a micro-business (employing 10 or less staff);
  • Be located within Worcestershire;
  • Employing an apprentice training at the Heart of Worcestershire College;
  • Employing an apprentice within carpentry, bricklaying or painting and decorating occupations;
  • Submit an application and statement supporting your request for funding through the WCAA.

Please note, as an employer you are only entitled to one apprentice grant through the WCAA at any one time.

Your application will not automatically qualify you for funding.

Find out more about the financial support we are offering through the Worcestershire Construction Apprentice Academy