What do I need?
It would be helpful to have Standard Grades in Maths and English, technology subjects or a Skills for Work Construction Crafts qualification so that you can do the necessary calculations, measurements and theory.
However, there are a number of ways for you to enter an apprenticeship programme. You could progress on to one from any of these routes:
- Standard Grades, Intermediate 1 or 2, Highers or Advanced Highers achieved in school or college
- Women and Work Sector Pathways initiative (W&WSPI)
- Skills for Work Construction Crafts courses
- National Progression Award (prevocational or pre-apprenticeship courses) at college
- Employability Fund
- projects like Youthbuild which support young people's journey to work
You'll also need a suitable level of physical fitness to do some jobs as they involve moving and handling resources and placing and fixing materials.
Don't worry if you have a disability though as there are apprenticeships that may still suit you.
Am I eligible for funding?
If you already have some knowledge, qualifications or experience you won't have to repeat the same things again, but we will need to check your eligibility for government funding.
You will need to contact CITB if you do have prior learning, such as having started or completed another construction SVQ/NVQ.
Once you have applied you will also be assessed.
How will my application be assessed?
You will be assessed once you are ready to begin your apprenticeship.
This assessment is not about making it difficult to get on to an apprenticeship, but about seeing what you can do in case you need extra support or guidance. It will help CITB see what qualifications and experience you have so your programme can be tailored to meet your needs.
Some apprenticeships also need you to be comfortable with working at height and outside in all weather conditions. You may also need to travel to sites and stay in lodgings whilst working away.
Once you have become an apprentice you will continue to be assessed to see how suitable you are to move onto an Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3).