Apprenticeships in Wales

As the main industry-led training body for Construction in the UK, we are here to serve the industry

An apprentice

We are the largest provider of Construction Apprenticeships in Wales and are looking at recruiting over 1000 apprentices matched to employers in 2013.

We work very closely with our college partners and all apprentices would be expected to attend either their local training provider, our own National Construction College or their appointed off-the-job teaching and training facility.

With framework success rates of over 75%, we are one of the top performing construction providers in Wales and have a reputation for quality among employers and colleges alike.

We were extremely pleased with our Estyn inspection result of 2011 (PDF, 150 KB) which rated us a ‘Good Provider,’ displaying elements of excellence.

Meet real Welsh apprentices

In 2012, we interviewed five trainees and employers across Wales to highlight the positive aspects of apprenticeships from apprentice and employers’ points of view. The result was the Building Talent across Wales DVD.

Lloyd Gav Apprenticeship Video

You can view more case studies from our Building Talent Across Wales DVD through the main CITB YouTube account

We offer grants to our employers who take on apprentices which assist with the costs of supporting an employed apprentice.

For more information on CITB apprenticeships and to apply to become an apprentice, please take a look at our bConstructive .

A view from Wales

Donna Rosser - trainee quantity surveyor with Lloyd and Gravel Ltd 

‘Lloyd and Gravel have supported me by giving me the experience I need to relate what I have learnt in college to practical day to day use in the company. This has given me confidence in what I am doing.’ 

Endaf Jones – Apprentice with Williams Homes, Bala 

‘I enjoy a lot of things about my apprenticeship; going to college and working in the company. I enjoy the work that I do and working with other people.’ 

Nick Cope - Project Manager, Leadbitter 

‘Apprentices are our future tradespeople. Most people on site will have been an apprentice at some time. We rely on apprentices to be the future of our industry - that’s why we train them.’ 

Andrew Phillips - Managing Director, Carreg Construction 

‘Bringing new people into the industry is critical if we are to ensure a future as an industry. Whilst we have apprentices in traditional trades, there are a number of opportunities, such as quantity surveying, available.’

Apprentice /Employer FAQs: 

  • What will I learn? Discover more on the content of courses offered and the different elements involved in each programme.
  • What support do I get? Learn about the assistance that is available to you throughout the duration of your course, from financial support to resources and practical guidance.

CITB Managing Agency Apprenticeship Awards 2013

2013 will be the first time CITB will run the prestigious Apprentice of the Year award for individuals and employers who have excelled in contributing to the development of the CITB Managing Agency Apprenticeships programme.

CITB Managing Agency Apprenticeship Awards will showcase and celebrate the achievements of those who have exceeded expectations and shown a dynamic approach to training, demonstrated initiative and enterprise, innovation and creativity and shown an understanding and commitment to the improvement of skills development for the UK economy.

We will be looking for exceptional interventions or support the company demonstrated towards the success and wellbeing of their apprentices and whether the company employs any apprentices from diverse groups or those with any physical or learning difficulties?

The CITB Managing Agency Apprenticeship Awards will recognise the achievement of individuals and employers. The Awards are free to enter and applications opened on 8 April 2013. The closing date for receipt of completed applications was at 12 noon on 5 July 2013.

Applications will only be open to In Scope companies who have an apprentice employed with a CAS or equivalent agreement in place.

We will be looking to crown a National Winner for each category:

  • Apprentice of the Year - This category will showcase the dedication and commitment of those individual candidates who have chosen the Apprenticeship route to enable them to further their career prospects.
  • Outstanding Apprentice Achievement of the Year - This category will showcase the dedication and commitment of those individual candidates that have overcome significant personal barriers  during  their chosen Apprenticeship route to enable them to further their career prospects.
  • Employer of the Year - This award recognises and celebrates those In Scope employers commitment to developing their workforce through Apprenticeships and supporting their employees during their training. We will be looking for exceptional interventions or support the company has demonstrated towards the success and wellbeing of their apprentices and whether the company employs any apprentices from diverse groups or those with any physical or learning difficulties.

In the latter part of July winners will be chosen following a regional (England, Scotland & Wales) heat. The Apprentice of the year will have a winner and two runner ups in England, Scotland & Wales.

All of these winners will be invited to an Awards Ceremony, which will be held at the Indigo2 Arena in London on 6 November 

Get further detail and information

We have a team of apprenticeship officers across Wales who will be happy to help you to gain an apprenticeship.

Find out more

  • Search our grants information pages for guidance on your possible entitlement
  • Estyn Report 2011 (PDF, 150 KB) See the detailed results and report on Estyn’s 2011 visit to CITB Wales.

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