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Construction and Trade Apprenticeships at Gloucestershire College

The cornerstone of construction and trade training in Gloucestershire.

Introduction to construction and trade apprenticeship training with Gloucestershire College

Looking to recruit a construction or trade apprentice for your business? You’ve come to the right place. At Gloucestershire College, we are renowned for our quality apprenticeships in construction and trade, working with employers across Gloucestershire and the South West. We are proud of our heritage and our network of employer partners who trust us to train the future of their industry.

We have been delivering construction and trade apprenticeships for decades as the largest and leading provider in the county. Through developing the skills of plumbing apprentices, electrician apprentices, joinery and carpentry apprentices as well as construction and building services apprentices, Gloucestershire College can provide your business with all your training requirements, with the right support and mentoring for each and every apprentice.

Gloucestershire construction and trade apprentices can expect outstanding facilities across our campuses, mentoring from seasoned industry professionals, and personalised support throughout their apprenticeships.

Our apprentices are paving the way for the future of the construction industry in Gloucestershire and beyond. We are passionate about supporting the industry and encouraging young people to step into a construction or trade career, helping our economy to ‘Build Back Better’ and close the skills shortage. We take each of our apprentices’ learning, achievements and ambitions personally; helping them to reach their full potential within your organisation.

Here you can find out everything you need to know about construction and trade apprenticeships with Gloucestershire College as we cover the benefits of recruiting an apprentice for your business, apprenticeship funding and the next steps to take if you are ready to recruit an apprentice.

Open to both new and current staff

Already have an apprentice in mind? We can get them signed up. Our trade and construction apprenticeships are open to new and existing employees enabling employers to upskill their workforce and future-proof their business with current and new skills.

How to recruit a construction apprentice or trade apprentice for your business with Gloucestershire College

If you’ve been questioning how to recruit an apprentice, look no further than Gloucestershire College. Winner of the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year Award 2020, we help hundreds of employers take on new apprentices every year.

Recruiting an apprentice is very similar to recruiting an employee with a contract of employment and the same responsibilities and entitlements as your other members of staff.

Our dedicated Business Hub team support each of our employers to find the right fit for their company. With our free recruitment service, we can handle the whole process of recruiting an apprentice for you from advertising the vacancy to pre-screening and interviewing candidates, ready for you to make the final choice.

Our apprenticeship vacancies consistently attract a high calibre of outstanding, diverse candidates including both young and more mature individuals with previous experience, graduates, school leavers and career changers all enthusiastically looking to join a local business like yours.


 

Ready to bring new talent into your business? Contact our team today to recruit an apprentice.

Training delivery for our construction and trade Apprenticeships

When you recruit a construction or trade apprentice with Gloucestershire College, they will be with you on-site from day one. With day release to College every week, apprentices will apply their learning and develop their skills from the very start. We know the best way for apprentices to learn is through hands-on experience in the real working environment. 

Construction and trade apprenticeships programmes at Gloucestershire College

With our broad portfolio of specialist construction apprenticeships and trade apprenticeships, we can provide the right talent and training for your business. Explore our construction and trade apprenticeship programme fact sheets to learn more or if you are not sure which is right for you, simply get in touch with our Business Hub team to discuss your options.

Starting in September 2021 and January 2022

Bricklayer Apprenticeship Level 2

Building Services Engineering Installer Apprenticeship Level 2

Building Services Engineering Craftsperson Apprenticeship Level 3

Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship Level 2

Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship Level 3

Electrical Installation/Maintenance Apprenticeship Level 3

Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

Ground worker Apprenticeship Level 2

Property Maintenance Operative Apprenticeship Level 2

Surveying Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

Our facilities for trade and construction apprenticeships in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean

Our construction and trade facilities and workshops across our Cheltenham, Gloucester and Forest of Dean campuses provide apprentices with the optimal environment to train and learn, mentored by seasoned industry experts. If you take on a construction or trade apprentice they will thrive in our impressive facilities, honing their skills to bring into your workplace.

 

Support for you and your apprentice

We take the learning and development of each of our apprentices personally with dedicated support for our partner employers and learners.

Support for employers with trade and construction apprentices

At Gloucestershire College, we believe supporting our employers is just as important as supporting our apprentices. We work with start-up businesses through to industry giants, listening to their needs and requirements to deliver training and support that works for them.

From day one, our Business Hub team is on hand to answer any questions, to help you recruit new construction and trade apprentices and to ensure you get the right training for your business.

Whether you want to hire an apprentice for the first time or you’ve been recruiting apprentices with us for years, we work with our employers on a one-to-one basis providing the support that’s right for you.

Your Training Coordinator will be your point of contact at the college, keeping you updated on your apprentice’s progress and achievements with regular visits to your workplace.

Support for construction and trade apprentices

When you recruit a construction apprentice or a trade apprentice, they will benefit from being a part of our thriving Gloucestershire College community, vibrant campuses, vast facilities and all the pastoral care that comes with college life. We keep our class sizes small so apprentices can have as much one-to-one time with our expert lecturers and tutors as possible.

Tutors and training coordinators make regular visits to apprentices in their work environment and apply learning directly to their real-world roles. Should there be any challenges, concerns or questions, your Training Coordinator will be on hand to help.

Costs and funding to recruit a trade or construction apprentice

Apprenticeship incentive payments

If you recruit a trade apprentice or construction apprentice between now and 30 September 2021, you will receive £3,000 per apprentice regardless of their age. If they are aged between 16-18, you will receive an extra £1,000!

Incentives for apprentice recruitment have never been higher so if you’ve been questioning whether to take on an apprentice, now is the perfect time to do so.


 

Using the Apprentice Levy and government funding

If your company has less than 50 employees and you take on a 16-18-year-old, you are entitled to receive the apprenticeship training completely free of charge.

If you are not a levy payer (your wage bill is less than £3 million), you will contribute just 5% of the total cost of your trade or construction apprenticeship training, the government will pay the remaining 95%. 

If you pay the apprenticeship levy, as well as receiving the incentive payments from the government, we can support you to maximise your levy strategy and make the most of funding on offer. You can use your levy funds to bring in new talent to the business, or upskill employees through apprenticeships and help reduce skills gaps.   

Contact us about construction and trade apprenticeships

To recruit a trade apprentice or construction apprentice or to enquire about apprenticeship training for your current employees, get in touch with our team today by completing the contact form below. Our expert apprenticeship team can offer no obligation information and advice for your business.

Frequently asked questions from employers about recruiting construction and trade apprentices

  • How will apprenticeships benefit my business?

  • Who can do an apprenticeship?

  • What does it cost to recruit an apprentice?

  • How much should I pay a construction or trade apprentice?

  • How do I recruit an apprentice for my business?

  • When can I recruit an apprentice?

  • I need apprentices for accounting, business administration, HR or Marketing. Can you help with this too?

  • When will my apprentice be able to start working on site / on customer projects?

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Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

We are here to help

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.

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