Information for employers

Work experience is a great opportunity for potential construction workers to get a taste of the industry, and a simple and cost effective way for employers to find candidates.

With over 50 years’ experience in delivering apprenticeships, CITB is ideally placed to help both businesses and young people. 

A work experience placement can last from 2 to 6 weeks (depending on where you are based in the UK), giving the candidate time to pick up some skills and you the chance to see what they are made of.

Employers who take part in our work experience programme will receive:

  • a good source of available candidates
  • personal support from a CITB Apprenticeship Officer
  • up to £200 (for eligible employers) to support costs incurred for providing the work experience placement (such as for PPE, etc).

It is up to you if you want to offer an Apprenticeship once the placement has been completed.

There is no cost to you. Some companies do give the candidate a small amount to cover travel costs but this is entirely optional.

CITB staff will complete the majority of the paperwork, and on completion of the evaluation at the end of the placement, eligible employers will receive the £200 support fee automatically.

You should inform your insurance company that you are offering work experience to a young person. Although unpaid, they will be covered by your Employer's Liability Insurance like any member of staff.

A separate risk assessment is not required, as long as  your existing assessment already considers the specific factors for young people. Furthermore, there is no requirement to re-assess the risks each time you take on a new work experience student, provided the new student has no particular needs.

You should agree the duration of the placement with your candidate, but they should not work excessively long or unnecessarily unsocial hours. This means

  • no more than five days in any consecutive seven-day period
  • not more than a standard eight-hour day.

You must provide supervision for the work experience candidate at all times

You must provide a full health and safety induction at the start of the placement.

Ideally one of your company’s experienced tradespeople would be named as a supervisor, although this does not mean they cannot work alongside other staff.

You should inform your CITB Apprenticeship Officer if your candidate does not turn up, becomes unwell, or is involved in an accident or any disciplinary incident.

The free guide "Young People at Work" from Health and Safety Executive provides more detailed information and guidance. 

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