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A construction apprenticeship is a clear route into the construction industry, with many roles available. Usually 18 – 24 months long, you get to experience all that life is like with hands-on experience and a qualification at the end. Here is what’s involved in a construction apprenticeship.

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On-the-job learning

This involves tasks and training delivered by a professional within the surroundings you’ll be learning in. It will be a lot like taking up a job full-time, and will legally be employed by the company while you’re learning as well.

Your employer will run you through a full induction, as well as further support on where to go for extra help and guidance.

The most practical experience you will have will be in the field, where you will shadow other workers, get involved in some of the smaller tasks and work your way up to pick up other jobs.

The more you’re able to learn on the job, the better it is for your own general experience and ability to practice.

Online learning

Usually one day a week, you will sit down and take part in an academic study to go towards your apprenticeship qualification. Keep in mind that this is just as important as the work you do on construction sites and other areas of the role.

You will also have the opportunity to learn online. You could be following classes and join support groups online to help you all work to the best of your abilities.

Your time will be effectively split between your employer and the training provider in order to give you a recognisable qualification at the end.

Workplace reviews

A workplace review is to see how both you and your employer are getting on. There may be a few areas to iron out, for example, or you are struggling in particular areas that have been picked up by your employer.

This isn’t to scare apprentices, it’s to ensure that you are getting the most out of the course and experience as your employer is. And it will also help you identify what areas you can improve on in the future.

Job-specific skill development

Something you won’t get in a university degree or a college qualification is the chance to have real-life, hands-on experience. It comes back to what you really know and how it can improve your skills.

That goes beyond what is learnt in the classroom, which is why jobs in construction and similar areas are due to previous apprentices working in the field.

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