Apprenticeships - Construction

Going to university and pursuing a degree is not the only option available to bright students. With the significant cost of a degree combined with its potential devaluation, you may want at least to consider your options. There are a number of firms offering very attractive School Leaver Programmes. These are well paid and you may find run parallel to many graduate schemes. They have the attraction of being less competitive at A level entry, therefore gaining you entry into an organisation that you may struggle to secure as a graduate, when the competition is fiercer. You will also be debt free. These schemes are becoming increasingly popular with employers.

Schemes include:

Communications Engineering: Argiva higher Apprenticeships

arqivaArgiva offers a Higher apprenticeship in Communications Engineering. They are a communications infrastructure and media services company leading the provision of network solutions and services in the digital world. You’ll experience the full breadth of business operations, working alongside the engineering and technical teams to support delivery of products and services.

This is a 3 year programme and you’ll spend 14 weeks a year on block release studying for a Foundation Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering at a partner college in Birmingham. You’ll need to be flexible, and the 24/7 services mean this is no 9-5 business, so you’ll need to be prepared to travel extensively and stay away from home regularly to work on projects and assignments right across the business.

To apply you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

  • a minimum of two A levels (nonspecific subjects) at grade C or above
  • GCSE's, including Maths or a science, at C or above
  • a full, valid UK driving licence

Locations: Brookmans Park (Hertfordshire), Caradon Hill (Liskeard), Chalfont St Peter, Durris (Aberdeen), Feltham, Winchester


Construction & Engineering: Balfour Beatty Higher Apprenticeship

bbBalfour Beatty is a global company who fund, design, deliver, operate and maintain infrastructure efficiently and safely. Theyoffer Higher Apprenticeships to A Level students which aredesigned to offer you a structured work based training programme, whilst continuing your studies to obtain higher qualification such as a NVQ Level 4-6, an HNC level 6 diploma.  You may be given the opportunity to continue your studies to obtain Foundation Degree or even an Honours Degree. The programme last between 3-6 years. During the scheme you will attend college or University on a day or block release basis.

Successful candidates at the end of the scheme can expect to work as a: 

  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Designer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Facilities Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Power Engineer
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Railway Engineer

Generally you will require at least two A ‘Levels at grade A* to C, with five GCSEs (or equivalent) in English, Maths and a Science.

Construction: Arcadis Apprenticeships

arcadisArcadis provide design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services.  They offer apprenticeships in project management, quantity surveying and building surveying. The schemes are all RICS accredited. Applications via the National Apprenticeship Serice website. A Levels are required for the project management schemes. 

Construction: Barratt Apprenticeships

barrattBarratt is one of the largest house builders in the UK. They offer a number of Apprenticeships, within the Barrett Academy. These include:

Trade Apprenticeship Programme. Aimed at developing bricklayers, electricians, carpenters and plumbers. Mixing college study with practical training over 2 years, this will give you S/NVQ qualifications and a valuable trade. At the end, you might continue for a further year to undertake an advanced apprenticeship qualification, you might work for Barrett permanently or join one of their sub-contractors, or progress to other programmes within the Academy. The programme begins in September each year.

Advanced Technical & Commercial Programme. The commercial prpgramme involves Quantity Surveying, Estimating and Architecture and the technical concentrates on Engineering, Buying and Design. 

You’ll join on a 2-year apprenticeship programme. As well as gaining practical knowledge, you will be combining on-the-job experience with further study via day or block release at a local college, working towards an NVQ or SVQ Level 3 and a BTEC in a Contracting Operations Pathway to gain your Advanced Apprenticeship Framework through the CITB; the Sector Skills Council for Construction.Here, you'll be given the training, encouragement and support to become a professional in disciplines such as surveying, buying, design and technical. 


Construction: Galliford Try Foundation Degree

gallifordtryGalliford Try. They are a housebuilding and construction group who offer a range of study opportunities for school and college leavers. You should have good qualifications, ideally six GCSE at grade B or above and/or A Level results totalling a minimum of 240 points or Scottish equivalent. You should enjoy working as part of a team and have a keen desire to develop a career in the construction industry. A good attitude and strong work ethic are also essential qualities.

They offer funding for day release studies to gain qualifications such as National Certificates/Diplomas, Higher National Certificates/Diplomas, Foundation Degrees and full degrees. 

Study will be undertaken on a part-time basis. Your time will be split between academic and theoretical study at college/university and practical experience on site or in an office. The costs of the course will be met by the company and full support will be offered for both studies and skills development.

You will follow a competency based, role relevant structured training framework. This ensures that you acquire sound knowledge and understanding for your specific role. In addition, experiential secondments provide a broad understanding of the functions of other departments within the business unit and are an essential part of your development. 

Construction: Gleeds UK

gleedslogoGleeds are International Management and Construction Consultants. They provide cost and project management, building surveying and advisory services. They have 16 offices in the UK and 53 globally. Gleeds offers job opportunities to school and college leavers. They enable you to have the best of both worlds - studying and working, while earning at the same time. They will sponsor your higher education via one of their day-release programmes.

Who can apply?
They are looking for people who:
- Have achieved, or anticipate, good GCSE and/or A Level results ideally including Maths and English.
- Is predicted to attain 270 or more UCAS points
- Is interested in pursuing a career in the built environment
- Is keen to undertake further study

You can apply online or in writing. 

Construction: Laing O'Rouke School Leaver Programme

laingLaing O'Rourke is a privately owned, internationally focussed engineering enterprise. They operate an integrated business model comprising the full range of engineering, construction and asset management services. They run a school leaver scheme aimed at bright, passionate school-leavers seeking careers in engineering, construction, commercial management or information technology.  This five-year programme combines academic learning with on-the-job training. You will complete an accredited degree while working as a Laing O’Rourke employee. During this time, you will be mentored by experienced employees, who will support your personal and professional growth using career planning toolkits and tailored development plans.

Entry Requirememts

To be eligible you will need to have gained (or be on track to achieve) 240 UCAS points  - so three A Levels at Grade C or above (or equivalent), plus at least five Bs at GCSE-level. Ideally you will have completed your education no more than two years before applying.

In the UK, applications open in the autumn and close in the spring – with the programme commencing the following September. The assessment and selection process begins in January, so we recommend you apply early to be considered.

Construction: Persimmon Trainees

persimmonPersimmon is a large house builder. f you have A-levels, or a college qualification, a role as a Trainee Designer or Trainee Quantity Surveyor offers an excellent opportunity for you to commence your career in construction. As a Designer you will assist with the preparation of layouts and planning applications. Some experience of CAD is desirable, but above all you should have a genuine desire to learn and succeed in a very rewarding role.  Quantity Surveyors play an important part in the process and ensure costs are kept under control. If you have some relevant work experience, all the better, but if you have left school or college or are perhaps already studying towards an ONC or HNC, you are equally suited to one of our varied roles. You will work in the office, visit site, as well as liaising with all our internal departments and our numerous suppliers and contractors.

There are also trade apprenticeships for those interested in brick laying and joinery. 

Construction: Skanska Trainees

skanskaSkanska is one of the worlds leading construction groups with expertise in construction, development of residential and commercial projects and public-private partnerships. They carry out all aspects of the project from financing, through design and construction, facilties management, operation and maintenance. They offer two school leaver programmes: Apprenticeships and Traniees. 

The Apprenticeship Programme has a range of positions, including mechanical and electrical engineering and facilities managment. You are given the opportunity to gain a recognised vocational qualification at college while working at Skanska. When you are qualified, you will have a structured career path. 

The Trainee Programme allows you to work and study part time at college or univerisity financed by Skanska. 

Construction: Taylor Wimpey Management Trainees and Apprenticeships

taylor-wimpeyTaylor Wimpey build and sell over 10,000 homes each year. They offer 3 programmes for school leavers:

  1. Site Managment Apprenticeship: This is a 3 year programme where you will spend time working in different departments, gaining an in-dpeth knowledge of site management. The departments range from Technical (Engineers/ Architects), Commercial (Quantity Surveyors/ Buyers) to Land & Planning as well as Sales, Finance and Customer Service. You will gain an insight into how all these departments work and fit together, in order to become a future Assistant Site Managers. You need a minimum of 2 A Levels preferably grade A-C to apply and be hard working and enthusiastic. 
  2. Mangement Trainee Programme: Successful applicants for the Management Trainee Programme are usually school or college leavers who wish to gain professional qualifications while working full time. You will start by gaining a general appreciation of the business, and complete day release studies to equip you to become a qualified professional. Typical roles that Management Trainees are appointed into include Quantity Surveyor, Buyer, Marketing Assistant, and Finance Assistant.
  3. Trade Apprenticeship: Trade apprenticeships last between 3 and 4 years and typically include bricklaying, carpentry and joinery. 

Construction: Thomas & Adamson School Leavers

thomas-adamsonThomas & Adamson are an international construction and property consultancy. They have UK offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester and a number of overseas offices in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
They offer School leavers with the necessary academic qualifications the option of attending university either on a part-time or full-time basis. The part-time route offers the opportunity to work in an office environment and gain experience in conjunction with day-release attendance at university.



Construction: Wates Group Higher & Degree Apprenticeships

wates logoWates Group is a family-owned construction services company who offer a number of Apprenticeship programmes for school leavers, who are interested in a career in construction. They offer both Higher and degree apprenticeships, to those student with 8 GCSE's (A-C) and 3 A Levels (A-C) or HNC in a construction related subject. 

Their apprenticeships include support with professional development, on the job experience, behavioural and technical development on a structured pathway. The programme is industry recognised and designed to provide you with the experience to support you towards becoming a surveyor, building services manager or site manager.

They offer 5 different programes which include:

  • Planning: Construction planning is fundamental to the management and execution of all construction projects. It involves mapping logistics, plant materials and resources to ensure projects are delivered smoothly.The Trainee Planner programme is carefully designed to develop your understanding of the key elements of construction including design, engineering, production, health and safety, building services, estimating and commercial.
  • Estimating: Estimators hold a pivotal role within preconstruction and are responsible for estimating the costs of a building project.In this role, you will experience all the elements of building from design, construction, supply chain, materials, product  specifications, cost planning, engineering and planning. 
  • Building Services: Building Services manage the complex systems that bring a  building to  life. Managing the living  and working environment on a project can range from controlling the temperature, lighting, data, fire systems and much more, to designing and planning the installation of these services. The Building Services Engineering Apprenticeship  is an important step towards becoming a Building Services professional. You will be expected to engage in on-the-job training in key elements of construction, including mechanical and electrical engineering, design, planning, health and safety, operations and commercial .
  • Commercial: The commercial  team within Wates  is  largely  responsible for the contractual  and financial management of a project. A combination of law, business and finance skills will be used to manage relationships with key stakeholders including clients and their representatives, designers, subcontractors and suppliers. You will be expected to engage in on the job training in key elements of construction, including  estimating, cost planning, health and safety, contracts, surveying and production.
  • Production: The Production Apprentice programme is an important step towards becoming a Site Manager. You will be expected to engage in on-the-job training in key elements of construction, including for example design, engineering, planning, health and safety, building services and commercial. You will spend your time onsite at the centre of some of the biggest projects within either Construction, Wates Residential, Living Space or Smartspace.

All the programmes combine technical, behavioural and professional development with on the job experience on diverse projects across the country. They are all 2-3 years in length.

Wates head office is in Surrey and they also have multiple offices all round the country. They have opportunities in Wates Construction, SES Engineering, Wates Living SpaceWates Smartspace and Wates Residential. 

Salary for all apprenticeships are over £20,000


Construction: Wilmott Dixon Management Trainee Programme

Willmott DixonWillmott Dixon  is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned capital works, regeneration and support service companies.

They recruit, on average, 30-40 trainees annually within a variety of construction disciplines, including Site Management, Quantity Surveying, Estimating, Buying, Design & Build and Business Development. We also have trainees within the support functions of Finance, IT and Human Resources.

You require A Levels to apply and the training scheme takes 4-5 years. 

Currently as part of the programme, alongside a structured training programme, trainees attend a residential training course provided by Construction Skills (formerly the Construction Industry Training Board) where you experience “hands-on” trade skills such as bricklaying, joinery and painting. This allows you to gain a broader understanding of all aspects of construction work.

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