Calico’s Shared Apprenticeship Service - Constructing the Future
Constructing the Future (CtF) was first established in 2010 in partnership with CITB to run the Shared Apprenticeship Service across the North West region. It was established to help address the skills shortage within the construction sector by linking together construction projects across the region in order to create high quality, sustainable apprenticeships. CtF is operational across Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and Greater Manchester.
Constructing the Future is a part of The Calico Group, which consists of innovative charities and businesses working together to make social profit, rather than financial profit, the driving force behind their wide range of high quality services.
“The CtF shared apprentice scheme is ideal in its flexibility. It allows the apprentice to be placed with a mix of host contractors, providing a mix of training on different projects during the training. This allows the apprentice to build a broad base of skills and experience during the training. CtF has proven very useful in helping us to find the best solution to suit our needs, to find the best teams to deliver labour on shorter duration schemes, or in more remote areas. The process is user friendly - officers answer our recruitment brief by finding the appropriate apprentice according to our skills and demographic requirements”
Paul Woby, Regional Trainee Coordinator, Lovell
“We got involved in the shared apprenticeship programme because of its flexibility. If we get a busy period we can take a trainee on, but we aren’t financially committed for the normal length of an apprenticeship which is about three years. This lack of risk means we’re more likely to employ more apprentices in the future.
“We get invoiced for each apprentice by CtF rather than having to pay them through our payroll so we have less administration.
“We’re giving people a chance to get a position in the building industry when they might have otherwise struggled to find work.”
Gerard McEvoy, Director of Penny Lane Builders Ltd
For further information on CtF, please contact:
Rachel Donovan CTF Careers Service Manager