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About apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a programme designed to train and qualify individuals to become skilled in, and knowledgeable about their chosen profession. Training for a career in the engineering construction industry is organised through the ECITB. If you wish to be a part of engineering construction, an ECITB Apprenticeship is the ideal path to take and is recognised by employers working across this multi-billion pound industry.

The work is exciting, well-paid and well-respected, and no two days are ever the same. As an ECITB apprentice you’ll be paid while you develop the necessary skills, processes and techniques with an approved training provider and learn the associated theory at college. After this initial period, commonly referred to as the ‘off-the-job training’ period, you’ll progress to work on real projects with your employer. 

The benefits of apprenticeships

An apprenticeship offers you your first step into industry. It is a practical alternative to university and a fast route into a career with good prospects. It can also be a good route to progress onto degree study at a later stage.

Read what real apprentices say about their experience

What qualifications do I need to start an ECITB Apprenticeship?

Ideally you will have 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Maths, a Science or a Technical subject for a Craft Apprenticeship, or 3 GCSEs at grade B or above in English, Maths, a Science or a Technical subject for a Technician Apprenticeship.

In Scotland, you need 3 National 5s at grade 3 or above in English, Maths and a Science or Technical subject.

How does an ECITB Apprenticeship work?

Apprenticeships last for three years. The first year (18 months for Technician Apprentices) is spent in a Training Centre, getting to grips with the basic skills in your chosen area. You will learn about your role and the industry, and gain plenty of practical hands-on work experience.

Your second and third years are spent with your sponsor company (which is registered with the ECITB). You will get involved in real life projects, put your skills into action and make a start on your career. You will follow an ECITB Apprenticeship Programme and your training will be supervised by your personal mentor throughout.

What qualifications will you achieve?

Once you have successfully completed the training and assessment you will be awarded an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate, a Safety Passport, and Vocational Qualifications.