The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme has been set up to help employers who want to support the development of skills while working on regional contracts, but are not in a position to offer a full term apprenticeship, and who wish to support training the future workforce.
Ten schemes are being developed, which will see 500 extra apprentices joining the UK’s construction industry workforce every year.
How does it work?
Getting involved in the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme allows employers to dip in and out of apprentice training. The scheme allows you to take on an apprentice, for as short a duration as three months, with no commitment to the apprentice at the end.
Once the apprentice has finished working with an employer they are found another placement, and upon framework completion, they will be assisted in sourcing permanent employment within their chosen trade.
Benefits of the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme
The scheme allows employers to enjoy all the benefits of an apprentice, without any long-term risk or long-term cost to their business.
An apprentice who completes the full three-year apprenticeship will pick up an NVQ Level 3 in their chosen trade. Currently, around 90% of apprentices who complete the three years have secured full time employment in their chosen trade.
“It helps with our involvement and commitment to training, especially for young people. It fitted our organisation because it allowed us to have a group of people working on different trades, for different members of our supply chain.”
Construction Director, Conlon Construction
"It gives young people a great opportunity to get a foot on the ladder of working.”
Construction Director, Bluetree Civils and Construction
"The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme has been a brilliant opportunity for me… It’s giving me fantastic skills so that I can build a career for myself.”
Apprentice Painter & Decorator, Calico Interiors
“This opportunity has helped me build a career for the future. Ideally, I either want to start my own company or go into site management.”
Apprentice Joiner, Calico Repairs
Find your nearest Shared Apprenticeship Scheme
Wales - Y Prentis
Y Prentis is a shared apprenticeship programme, sponsored by CITB and the Welsh Government, that employs apprentices on behalf of the industry and rotates them through hosted placements within construction companies.
It was set up in October 2012 and is owned by Melin Homes and CMC² and run by employment experts So Savi.