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 How to recruit an Apprentice




Included in the new frameworks:

• Construction technology

• Materials Science

• Measurement

• Technical drawing

• Tools and techniques


Along with all the craft training elements expected to develop skills in construction and maintenance, conservation and repair and understanding of traditional and historic buildings.



Our Masonry route will include construction; repair and maintenance and conservation of masonry; brickwork and earth/clay buildings.


Our Wood Occupations route will include green timber framing; repair and maintenance of timber structures and elements; manufacture of joinery products; repair and restoration of joinery products; conservation of joinery products.




In order to deliver a suitable depth of knowledge, we have prepared a programme to be delivered over 17 months.


Year 1

Will embrace the majority of the underpinning knowledge training, along with certain elements of NVQ assessment. We will also deliver the prerequisite functional skills and employer rights  and responsibilities qualifications where appropriate. These will all be delivered in our training centre in Bedale, North Yorkshire over 5 days per month in the first 12 months. This will be via block release from your work placement.

This will achieve the Traditional Craft Advanced Diploma at Level 3.


Year 2

Will be delivered as a combination of onsite support and assessment along with one week per month in centre.

This is to enable us to properly assess competence within a live working environment.

We will offer mentoring and coaching as appropriate throughout the

process and work closely with the employer, to ensure that all elements of the qualification can be covered.

This will conclude in the assessment of the NVQ L3 Diploma, leading to the Gold CSCS card in Heritage Skills.



 Duration of Apprenticeships

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:






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.

 Financial Support for Employers

 CITB Apprenticeship Grants

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What are the costs & funding applicable when hiring an Apprentice?


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We can now offer you the opportunity to be one of the first companies in the UK to recruit and support a Traditional Craft Apprentice.

Heritage Craft Alliance Ltd along with NOCN and Construction Skills, have developed a completely new range of qualifications suitable for new entrants to the traditional and historic building sector. These new apprenticeship frameworks are specifically designed to prepare craftspeople to work on older and historic buildings.

These Level 3 apprenticeships cover all masonry and wood occupations.

Apprenticeships are available to candidates aged 16 and above but there are different levels of costs & funding applicable depending on the age of the candidate as follows:

  • Candidates aged 16-18 are fully funded – at Intermediate or Advanced Level

  • Candidates aged 19+ are partially funded and the fee depends on the framework being followed by the Apprentice.


Candidates who hold qualifications at Level 4 or above i.e graduates are not eligible for funding so a fee for the qualification would be charged and the amount of this depends on which framework is been followed.


As a guide HCA's Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship programme is currently valued at £9700 (as per SFA rates at 2015-2016). A typical employer contribution for a 19-24 year old amounts to £2700 per learner but can vary depending on individual circumstances.


The details of our Apprenticeship Framework on the awarding body site can be found HERE


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