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Small business guide to construction apprenticeships

Types of construction apprenticeships

There are four types of construction apprenticeships, from intermediate and advanced to higher and degree level.

When it comes to roles available, apprenticeships can include:

  • quantity surveyor

  • architect

  • bricklayer

  • carpenters

  • dryliner

  • groundworker

  • joiner

Read more about National Apprenticeship Week and Scottish apprenticeships.

Are there grants for hiring an apprentice?

You may be able to apply for a grant for hiring an apprentice if you’re registered with the CITB.

Grants available include:

  • £2,500 a year for attendance and £3,000 a year for achievement

  • additional £2,000 for drylining apprentices

Apprenticeship Levy reform?

The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced to help fund new apprenticeship schemes and grow the workforce.

However, industry groups, training providers, and organisations have been calling for a reform of the apprenticeship levy and that it’s not as effective as it should be. This comes as research from City & Guilds finds that employers have spent only 55.5 per cent of their levy funding in the last five years, on average.

Only businesses with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy – so it’s not likely to affect small businesses. You can use the government website to find out if you have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy and check the criteria.

Access government funding

If you don’t pay the Apprenticeship Levy, you’ll instead pay five per cent towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice. The government pays for the remaining 95 per cent, directly to the training provider.

You might be able to get an additional £1,000 to pay for other costs when your apprentice is in the workplace if they are:

  • 16 to 18 years old

  • 19 to 25 years old with an education, health, and care plan

  • 19 to 25 years old and they used to be in care

Find out more about funding for apprenticeships.

What are the benefits of employing an apprentice?

Alongside the financial advantages, there are many reasons why hiring an apprentice could be a positive step for your small business.

Benefits include:

  • you can teach people on the job – helping apprentices to develop skills unique to your small business

  • apprentices are often highly motivated with an appetite to learn and one eye on gaining long-term employment

  • you can give back to young people and the local community – this increases your chances of having a loyal and dedicated workforce

For more information, read our general guide to hiring an apprentice.

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