In order to join the Traditional Craft Apprenticeship Programme you should have:
Level 2 or equivalent in an appropriate skill
5 Years’ experience working in the sector
Proof of substantial knowledge and experience in traditional construction crafts
PLEASE NOTE: You must also be employed in a suitable capacity for more than 16 hours per week. (Placements may be available with national employers).
All potential apprentices will be interviewed.
16-18 year olds will be fully funded via the Skills Funding Agency
19-24 year olds will usually have to secure up to 50% of the funding to cover their contribution (Full funding may be available subject to eligibility)
Over 24 year olds in most cases will not be funded
The Government strategy is to seek financial support from employers in the development of their own staff through national accredited training programmes.
Incentives are available but change frequently. Two current ones we know about are;
Employer Incentive for 16-24 year olds - includes a one off payment of £1500
Wage Incentive for 18-24 year olds - includes two rates of wage available depending on number of hours worked
If an employer is CITB registered then there are grants that can be claimed for employed apprentices following construction-related apprenticeship programmes of two years or more, details are here: CITB Apprenticeship Grants.
In addition there are opportunities to access Career Development Loans to cover costs.