If you know that construction is what you want to do, but you're not 100% sure how yet, we have two apprenticeship routes to help you get ahead faster.
You can learn about each path by clicking on the headings below. Whichever you choose, get ready for an unbelievable introduction to the trade, combining on-site experience locally with further learning at training centres or college.
Rest assured, you'll need to be someone who's keen to make the most of the opportunity ahead of you. That means some early starts, working in all weathers and using some of your spare time to study if you really want to get on.
If you're ready for a career in supervision and management from the outset, rather than a specific trade, this could be the path for you. It's an NVQ2 Apprenticeship lasting two years, after which you'll be given the opportunity to move on to the NVQ3 Advanced Apprenticeship.
In the first place, there's a technical certificate and health and safety test to pass. Plus you'll need to demonstrate your confident communication skills and numeracy on site. You'll build a portfolio of your work as you go (taking photos, writing up notes, keeping time sheets and so on) to log your progress.
At the end of it all, it may be that you can continue your studies to full degree level. However far you go, you'll need to be positive, ambitious, eager to learn and willing to travel.
This programme could take anywhere between nine months and four years to complete, depending on which trade you specialise in. In every case, you'll learn a lot along the way. And if you show a particular talent for site supervision or management, we may even put you forward for the Kier Foundation degree at the end of it.
Along with a passion for the job, you'll have to satisfy some basics. It would be useful – though not essential – to have at least a GCSE (or equivalent) grade C in Maths and English. Beyond that you'll need to be proactive, committed, enthusiastic and practical. And of course, you'll have a real ambition to succeed.
We're also happy to talk to any programme-led apprentices who've completed their studies, intermediate construction award or diploma.
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