If you’re interested in employing an apprentice in a construction-related trade in Greater Manchester and the North West, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you already have someone in mind for the role, or need to recruit, DMR provides an all-in-one service including recruitment, training, assessment and help applying for grants.

Our Commitments to You and Your Company

Get in Touch

Discuss the apprenticeship with a member of our team. We’ll ask you a few questions about your company, the type of apprentice you’re looking to recruit and their job description.


We may already have some suitable candidates on our books. If not, we’ll promote the vacancy via our website, social media channels and online job boards.

 Interviews and Trials

We’ll filter applications for suitable candidates, pre-screen them over the phone and interview them face-to-face as well. Once we’ve created a quality shortlist, we’ll put them forward for employer interviews and work trials.

Preparation & Enrolment

Once you’ve selected the right candidate, we’ll prepare both you and the candidate for the apprenticeship, and enrol them on their qualification. We’ll handle funding and advise you on grants you may be entitled to claim.

Ongoing Support & Feedback

Our role doesn’t end until the apprenticeship is successfully completed. Our assessors will provide you with regular feedback and provide ongoing support for the apprentice.

How it works

We promise to:

Listen carefully to your requirements and expectation.

Make you aware of any costs up front.

Identify any training grants that you may be eligible for.

Handle all apprenticeship paperwork and red tape.

Work efficiently to avoid unnecessary delays.

Provide you with regular feedback on the progress of your apprentice.


We delivery apprenticeships in most construction craft trades including joinery, groundwork, brickwork, plastering, painting & decorating and maintenance. To find out if we can deliver an apprenticeship for you, call us on 01942 673047 or complete the contact form below.

We’ll get to work searching for the ideal apprentice for your firm as soon as you’ve given us the green light and provided us with a few basic details. We may have some suitable candidates on our books already but even if we have to promote the vacancy, we’ll aim to have a shortlist ready for you within two or three weeks.

Yes, an apprentice will go to college to complete their diploma (the majority of our apprentices come to our training academy in Leigh). Most apprentices attend college one day per week

You’re obliged to employ your apprentice for at least 30 hours a week and meet minimum wage laws. The current apprenticeship rate is £3.50 per hour for 16-18 year olds and those aged 19+ on the first year of their apprentice. All other apprentices must be paid the national minimum wage.

Apprenticeship timescales depend on a variety of factors such as the trade and the progress of the learner. Generally speaking, a construction apprenticeship takes between 18 months and two years to complete.

Apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds are usually fully funded and there is no cost to the employer other than the apprentice’s salary. For apprentices aged 19-24 you may be expected to make a contribution to the costs of training although you can often recoup more than this in training grants. DMR will always make you aware up front of any costs.

You could start by offering a young person work experience through a traineeship. This is a great way to trial a young person and assesses their suitability and attitude, without the committing to a full apprenticeship. To find out more, call us on 01942 673047 or send us a message on the contact form below.

Why hire an apprentice?

With apprenticeship numbers at record levels, and 87% of employers satisfied with the programme, now is the perfect time to get involved. Apprenticeships bring many benefits to your company – we’ve listed six of the best.

Increased Productivity

76% of employers say that apprentices increase workplace productivity.

Improved Quality

75% of employers say that apprentices improved the quality of their services or products.

Address Skills Shortages

Apprenticeships are designed to help you fill skills gaps.

Inspire a Loyal and Motivated Workforce

Reduce staff turnover and keep your best employees at your company for longer.

Attract Talent and New Ideas

Apprentices bring enthusiasm and a fresh perspective.

Positive PR

Let the world know you’re an apprentice-friendly employer investing in the future.

All statistics sourced from:

What some of our employers are saying about apprenticeships

Contact Form

Find Out More about Hiring a Construction Apprentice.
Call us today 01942 673047 or send us a message and a member of our team will get back to you.
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