An apprenticeship is the smart choice.
DMR Construction Apprenticeships
What is an Apprenticeship?
Quite simply, an apprenticeship is the chance to ‘earn while you learn’.
Unlike school or university where you’re stuck in a classroom or lecture theatre, an apprenticeship combines paid work with learning. You’ll get a mix of on-the-job and workshop training with a bit of classroom learning thrown in for good measure.
At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll have that all-important qualification, just like your mates who went to college or uni (except you’ll be a step ahead of them thanks to your job and the work experience you’ve gained).
Why do a Construction Apprenticeship?
Doing a construction apprenticeship comes with many benefits. In case you still need winning over, we’ve listed some of the some main perks.
A Career Worth Getting Excited About
Construction is dynamic sector one of the largest and most important industries in the UK (and the world). There are thousands of jobs and career paths to choose from, with unlimited opportunities. The only thing to hold you back is your level of ambition.
Money and Holidays
On an apprenticeship you’ll be on a PAYE contract, meaning you’ll receive all the benefits of a regular company employee such as a weekly wage straight into your bank account and at least 20 days paid holiday a year.
Skills and Experience
Construction is a highly skilled industry where experience counts for a lot. Don’t be fooled into thinking apprentices are limited to making tea and sweeping up. You’ll receive job training while gaining real world work experience.
A Recognised Qualification
When you finish your construction apprenticeship, you’ll have a trade-specific lifetime qualification that is recognised across the UK and many parts of the world.
Support and Guidance
The road to becoming fully competent in your chosen construction trade is a long one and you won’t be expected to pick it up overnight. During your apprenticeship, your employer, tutors and NVQ assessor will make sure you’re brimming with confidence through ongoing support and guidance.
Only you can decide if construction is the right career choice for you. However, there are several things to consider when making up your mind. Construction work is physically demanding so you’ll need to be comfortable being on your feet all day, working outdoors and lifting heavy objects. Team work is vital in the construction industry too and being a team player definitely helps. If staying at school or going to college doesn’t appeal to you; if you’re ready to start earning money, and if you like the idea of ‘working with your hands’, a construction apprenticeship could be ideal.
If you’re unsure about which area of construction you want to go into, you could apply for one of our pre-apprenticeship courses. These courses are designed to give you a taste of several different construction trades and provide you with the tools to move into an apprenticeship later.
Yes, you’ll be paid weekly and will receive at least the minimum wage rate for an apprentice link to https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide/pay-and-conditions along with at least 20 days paid holiday per year. Your employer may choose to pay you a higher rate, or give you a pay rise during your apprenticeship.
You’ll gain a trade-specific (e.g plastering, joinery, bricklaying) diploma which you’ll take in college, and an NVQ which you’ll complete onsite while you work. You’ll also gain qualifications in functional skills (Maths, English and ICT).
You’ll attend college to do your diploma and functional skills qualifications. Most apprentices go to college on a day-release basis – this means they go to college for one day in every week for the duration of their apprenticeship (while going to work on the other days). You may be given the option to attend college on block-release where you’ll go to college full time for several months so you can complete the diploma part of your apprenticeship faster.
A level 2 construction apprenticeship usually takes between 18 months and two years, depending on your trade and the speed of your progress.
Your employer may give you the option to progress to a level 3 advanced apprenticeship. Alternatively, you may to choose to continue working full time after you complete your apprenticeship so you can build up your level of experience. The construction industry offers a wealth of careers options if you aspire to become a site supervisor or site manager and there are qualifications you can take for both of these roles. Many construction apprentices go on to own and manage their own construction firms too.
Consider doing a pre-apprenticeship construction course (link to pre-apprenticeship secondary page) to gain experience and build your confidence.