Apprenticeships in

Construction

Brickwork, Carpentry and Joinery or Plastering

Working as an apprentice will give you the opportunity to build a solid foundation of technical knowledge and gain real life experience. You’ll combine on-the-job training with practical lessons at college, where our specialist staff will teach you in our fully equipped workshops.

This programme will help broaden your understanding of the whole construction industry, but you’ll still be encouraged to specialise in brickwork, carpentry, and joinery or plastering.

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Level 3 Apprenticeship

What will I study?

Bricklaying

  • Cavity walls
  • Block work
  • Concreting
  • Scaffolding
  • Setting out
  • Surveying and levelling

Carpentry and Joinery

  • Roofing
  • Stairs
  • Flooring
  • Door hanging
  • Power tools
  • Scaffolding

Plastering

  • Safe working practices in construction
  • Apply plaster materials to external surfaces
  • Fix dry lining and plasterboard products to interiors
  • Form sand and cement screeds
  • Produce plaster components
  • Position and secure fibrous plaster components
  • Apply plaster materials to internal surfaces
  • Apply plaster materials to produce complex external surfaces
  • Work placement and community and campus based products

All Construction apprentices will study Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 12 to 24 months depending on previous experience

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Preferably 3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths, or
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship in Construction

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • You can progress onto an ONC/OND in Built Environment
  • Continue to work within your chosen trade progressing towards site operative and supervisor levels

Career options

  • Self employed tradesperson
  • Supervisor or foreperson
  • Practical instructor
  • Technician
  • Technical sales
Level 2 Apprenticeship

What will I study?

Bricklaying

  • Cavity walls
  • Block work
  • Concreting
  • Scaffolding
  • Setting out
  • Surveying and levelling

Carpentry and Joinery

  • Roofing
  • Stairs
  • Flooring
  • Door hanging
  • Power tools
  • Scaffolding

Plastering

  • Safe working practices in construction
  • Apply plaster materials to external surfaces
  • Fix dry lining and plasterboard products to interiors
  • Form sand and cement screeds
  • Produce plaster components
  • Position and secure fibrous plaster components
  • Apply plaster materials to internal surfaces
  • Apply plaster materials to produce complex external surfaces
  • Work placement and community and campus based products

All Construction apprentices will study Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 18 to 24 months depending on previous experience, 1 day per week

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Preferably GCSEs at grade 2 or above including English and Maths

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • You can progress onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Construction

Career options

  • Self employed tradesperson
  • Supervisor or foreperson
  • Practical instructor
  • Technician
  • Technical sales
Additional qualifications

CSCS 

Training toward additional qualifications such as the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), which proves that you have the required training and qualifications for the work you are carrying out on-site. You won’t get a job with a recognised company without one. Training for this additional qualification is offered at no cost to our apprentices (the fee for the exam and card application will still apply).

You will also have the chance to work towards additional technical certificates.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

Apprenticeships are funded through government and employer contributions. If you are:

  • 16-18 working for a small business (<50) your training will be fully funded*
  • 19+ or working for a Medium size business (50+) an employer contribution may be required
  • Working for a large business or organisation (Payroll of £3m+) you training funded from your employers Digital Apprenticeship Service  Account

*small businesses who employ an apprentice between 16-18 may be eligible to receive a financial government incentive

 Transport

Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

How do I apply?

If you have an employer and you would like to apply for an apprenticeship you can apply now online. You can also view our live vacancies or complete an online enquiry form and a member of the apprenticeship team will contact you.

For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about becoming an apprentice or employing an apprentice by visiting our website.

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Student Profile
Lucy Melia

Ambition: Interior specialist

School: Sir William Stanier Community School, Crewe

Age: 19

A site joiner for Wulvern Housing, the largest housing association in South Cheshire, Lucy is regularly out on site helping to maintain property.

She enjoys the variety of her job, which can range from roofing and studding to hanging doors and fitting kitchens, and she also likes her day a week at college  learning new tricks of the trade.

Lucy gained a BTEC in Construction at school and followed this up with an apprenticeship with Cruden Construction before moving to Wulvern. She has worked her way up from Level 1 in Joinery at Reaseheath.

Lucy has always had good hand skills and has made the most of these at college by learning how to hang double doors and fit skirting, floor joists, stud partitions and kitchens. She’s also come to appreciate the use of maths because she has to measure her timber precisely.

“This is a good trade to be in” says Lucy, who plans to use her skills to travel the world. A lot of older tenants feel easier if they have a female working in the house. and there’s a lot more women coming into industry nowadays.”