About Apprenticeship Frameworks in England

Apprenticeships in construction follow a pattern of vocational training to meet the requirements of a ConstructionSkills' approved framework

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For information on Trailblazers please look on the Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA) website, where you can find out how to develop standards and assessment plans and apprenticeships as well as see all the approved standards.

How CITB can support the development process

By invitation CITB is able to support employer development groups in the following:

  • Transition of existing Apprenticeships to meet the new Apprenticeship Standards criteria
  • Development of new Apprenticeships (no current provision)

By invitation, CITB can support employers through the development process. For further information on developing Apprenticeship Standards and how CITB can support this process please contact us by emailing standards.qualifications 

Sector Plan Report

The Sector Plan (PDF, 506KB) shows all Trailblazer Apprenticeship activity across Construction and the Built Environment.

The first section shows a summary of the report plus a table of apprenticeships that are ready for delivery and their allocated funding bands.

The main part of the report highlights the current Construction Related Apprenticeships in Development.

The final section gives an indication of occupations which are in the early stages of preparing for Apprenticeship development activity.

If you have any questions about this report please contact us on standards.qualifications  or visit the Have your Say page.

CITB Apprenticeship definition as defined by the Construction Industry:

An apprenticeship in construction is a form of vocational training whereby the apprentice follows a ConstructionSkills' approved framework to develop skills and knowledge and who would then demonstrate and evidence their application in a construction environment.  In order to complete a Construction Apprenticeship the apprentice must have been employed during the apprenticeship, have evidenced competence in the specified range of vocational skills and have an employed status at the time of completion.


The core participants involved in a Construction Apprenticeship are:

  • Employer – the primary provider of learning in the workplace, and supports the apprentice through mentoring, learning and payment of wages
  • Apprentice – contributes to the productivity of the employer and undertakes the requisite learning
  • Training provider – provides off-site tuition and administrative support to both the employer and apprentice.  (Training providers can include colleges, training centres, manufacturers, suppliers and some employers.)
  • Government – provides a financial contribution to the training costs of the apprenticeship
  • Managing agent – sets up and monitors the apprenticeship and obtains and distributes the government funding.  The managing agent can also be the training provider or the employer. (Apprentices can choose not to have a managing agent.)

Apprenticeship framework for - Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) and Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 and above) in:

  • Construction Building
  • Construction Civil Engineering
  • Construction Specialist
  • Construction Technical and Professional

The Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) apprenticeships have been meeting the needs of employers since the mid 1990’s. The introduction of the Technical and Professional Apprenticeship (Level 3 and above) will encourage recruitment from a more diverse pool of talent and improve technical, management and leadership skills.

The apprenticeships at Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) and Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 and above) have been developed to help meet the skills priorities of the industry and for England by:

  • continuing to provide qualifications required by employers to help their business grow
  • providing a flexible entry route to attract applicants from under-represented groups
  • including literacy, numeracy, problem solving and employability skills to develop the confidence of apprentices to take with them throughout their working life
  • meeting the requirements of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE).

Component parts of the framework also include:

Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

To meet the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) an apprentice must achieve the standards of attainment set out in the Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) national outcomes.

Downloads of the ConstructionSkills' Training Specifications for the delivery of ERR and a Certificate template are available for use by clicking on the links below. The new Apprenticeship Completion Certificate Claims form is to be used when requesting completion certificates for Apprenticeships at Intermediate and Advanced Levels.

Transferable Skills as published in the Apprenticeship Framework online (AFO) for:

  • Functional Skills in English, Math’s and Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills as published in the AFO

Apprenticeship Framework Online (AFO)

Please remember the deadline for qualifications going into the AFO.

Directions for Apprenticeship Issuing Authorities on behalf of the Secretary of State.

After 31 August 2014 an English Issuing Authority:

a  must not issue any new English Apprenticeship framework; 

b  must not amend any English Apprenticeship framework to create a new pathway;  

c  may amend an issued English Apprenticeship framework or pathway where there is a compelling reason to do so.

Copy of the process for apprencticeship framework online applications  (PDF, 146 KB)

If you have any queries regarding the process for apprenticeship framework online applications then please email standards.qualifications@citb.co.uk

For information on Apprenticeship Frameworks that meet the national standards for England and Wales Apprenticeship Framework Online

If you have any queries regarding Apprenticeship Completion Certifications for ACE please telephone the  Helpline: 08448 752274 option 2 or email at frameworksCB@citb.co.uk

Apprenticeship completion certificates

Apprenticeship Completion Certificates Form Request England – for use with the Apprenticeship Certification England (ACE) system only. 

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