Types of apprenticeships offered by CITB

CITB Apprenticeships offer the widest range of construction trades of any apprenticeship provider with regional offices located across England, Scotland and Wales

Traditional Apprenticeships

A Traditional Apprenticeship combines studying at college (or training provider) with experience on-site over a two to three year period (or four years in Scotland). This is the most common way to get qualified and is available across the UK.

As part of an apprenticeship, you would achieve an NVQ or SVQ qualification, which you can use to qualify for one of the industry card schemes – essential for getting on-site.

As an employer you may also be able to claim CITB Grant of up to £10,250 to support you through a three or four year apprenticeship.

For further information, take a look at our page on claiming available grants.

Higher Apprenticeships

A new Higher Apprenticeship (Level 5) framework has been developed for England.

The Higher Apprenticeship provides broad-based training and a structured career path for a range of technical, supervision and management roles. This will enable them to progress to higher level jobs using Further and Higher Education.

A Higher Apprenticeship can also develop the skills and knowledge required by construction managers at senior levels to be of a nationally consistent specification and standard.

Specialist Applied-skills Programmes (SAP)

SAPs are developed through partnerships with trade associations, federations and employers in specialist sectors.

These apprentice programmes contain all the ingredients for a fully validated apprentice programme leading to a Vocational Qualification (NVQ/SVQ).

These new entrant programmes are currently the only source of CITB grant recognised new entrant training for the sectors involved (until any trailblazer apprenticeships may become available).

New entrants must have a full-time contract of direct employment with a levy registered employer.  There are no upper age restriction, 16+ years; however, employer preference tends to be 18+ years.

Specialist Upskilling Programs

SUPs are designed for experienced practitioners looking to enhance their existing skills and gain qualifications; or for individuals with a construction background, moving into a related areas of construction.  

Upskill or cross-skill within a specialist occupation to achieve an NVQ or SVQ.
Bespoke training is developed by the sector, for the sector.  Short intensive training (5-14+ days off-the-job), means less lost time for the employer.  

Structured, relevant learning means skills can be put into practice quickly; helping to increase available skills and productivity for the employer.

Shared Apprenticeship Scheme (England and Wales only)

The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme (SAS) is a new approach to training and promises more opportunities for young people and businesses in construction.

Apprentices get a variety of on-site experience by working on high-profile projects for more than one employer, as well as completing a full Level 3 Apprenticeship.

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