Construction Skills Solutions offer an innovative and flexible apprenticeship programme for 16+ in carpentry, bricklaying, tiling, painting & decorating and general construction. As we are not restricted to an academic year and offer a roll-on, roll-off programme, apprentices can start their training with us at any time; a big plus for employers and trainees alike.

Want to be an apprentice?

Earn, learn and work at the same time

We have excellent, purpose built training facilities at two locations in Lincolnshire.

An apprenticeship allows you to earn, learn and work at the same time. Traditionally started after you’ve completed
your GCSEs, an apprenticeship enables you to work with an employer to learn the trade of your choice.

You’ll be learning on the job and sometimes you’ll be learning in a workshop or college environment, but unlike the traditional college route, Construction Skills Solutions mould the training you need to fit you and your employer.

Also, you can join us at any time throughout the year and not just September or January.

Key facts
Currently we are running apprenticeships in:
  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry & joinery
  • Painting & decorating
  • Wall & floor tiling
  • General construction operations
To enrol on an apprenticeship course you need to be employed. If you haven’t yet got a job, don’t worry, we might be able to match you with an employer.

Your employer must pay you a wage while you’re an apprentice

A level 2 apprenticeship could be completed in as little as 18 months and a maximum of 2 years

A level 3 apprenticeship usually takes a further year

If you’re aged between 16-18 you will not have to pay for any of your training; a contribution will be expected for 19+ apprentices, but this is spread out throughout the year so is manageable for any employer. 

Want to take on an apprentice?
As nearly one in five workers are set to retire in the next 5-10 years, the UK construction industry faces a skills “time bomb”. CITB has launched a stark warning: if the industry fails to recruit new workers now, by 2023 there will be nearly half a million jobs with no one to fill them.
To add to this, a cross parliamentary report urges the sector to do more to recruit young people. Entitled No more lost generations - creating construction jobs for young people, it states quite clearly the following:
  • One million NEETs aged 16-24.
  • 182,000 construction jobs to be filled by the end of 2018
  • Yet just 7,280 completed a construction apprenticeship last year
We have to do better
The recommendations are clear. It is of absolute paramount importance to engage young people in construction for their sake and that of the industry.

Yes – it really is worth it! Here’s some reasons why.
  • 80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
  • 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices.
  • The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is currently £3.50 per hour. Many employers prefer to pay more however, and research shows that the average salary is approx £170 per week.
  • Currently, employers who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice only pay their salary. The Government will fund all their training.
  • 88% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
  • 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.
And there’s the financial incentives. CITB registered companies can receive up to £10,250 over three years for taking on an apprentice. There are currently also other incentives for employing an apprentice.

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