The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme allows apprentices to complete a full apprenticeship programme by working with a number of different employers, to gain the skill sets they require to become qualified.
It has been set up to help employers who want to support the development of skills while working on regional contracts, but are not in a position to offer a full term apprenticeship, and who wish to support training the future workforce.
The Scheme is being rolled out by CITB following successful pilots in Lancashire, Merseyside and Wales.
Ten schemes are being developed, which will see 500 extra apprentices joining the UK’s construction industry workforce every year.
How does it work?
Getting involved in the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme allows employers to dip in and out of apprentice training. The Scheme allows you to take on an apprentice, for as short a duration as three months, with no commitment to the apprentice at the end.
Once the apprentice has finished working with an employer they are found another placement, and upon framework completion, they will be assisted in sourcing permanent employment within their chosen trade.
Benefits of the Shared Apprenticeship Scheme
The Scheme allows employers to enjoy all the benefits of an apprentice, without any long-term risk or long-term cost to their business.
An apprentice who completes the full three-year apprenticeship will pick up an NVQ Level 3 in their chosen trade. Currently, around 90% of apprentices who complete the three years have secured full time employment in their chosen trade.
Find out more about the scheme at CITB.