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Key Benefits

At Shared Apprenticeships, we offer four key benefits to contractors.

Social impact

  • Qualitative outcomes – delivering across all 5 Themes of the Social Value Model and National TOMs Framework, all 7 KPIs of the Client Based Approach and 9 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Read more here.
  • Not-for-profit Social Enterprise – supporting contractors by adding value to bids.
  • Economic impact – school activities; local employment for young people; creating careers in construction; committed to completions.
  • Wellbeing & Innovation – dedicated Mentor with Enhanced DBS, Prevent training, Safeguarding and Mental Health First Aid; academic supervision.
  • Environmental impact – e.g., fewer carbon emissions by enabling our apprentices to remain local.
  • Helping to address inequality – Pre-Apprenticeship option; focus on ED&I and experience of recruiting and supporting females into the industry.

Potential future recruits

  • Committed to completions – we aim to see our apprentices through to completion
  • Onward progression – we aim to see our apprentices into full-time employment and/or a higher/degree apprenticeship in the industry.
  • Widening participation – we create additional careers in construction, offer entry-level career paths, and employ a wide variety of apprentices.
  • No recruitment fees – our apprentices are free to apply to work directly for a contractor on completion of their apprenticeship at no extra cost.
  • Quality applicants
    • We are well connected with schools and colleges across the region.
    • Our apprentices are qualified, trained, and highly experienced in the workplace.
    • Our apprentices have also benefited from, on average, two years of support from a dedicated Mentor as well as academic supervision.

Flexible options

  • CITB shared apprenticeship service – we can offer flexible contract periods where a contractor is unable to offer work for the full apprenticeship.
  • Agile and adaptable – e.g., bespoke rates of apprentice pay and/or expenses.
  • Flexible start dates – we can usually arrange mid-year start dates with colleges and specialist providers.
  • Pre-Apprenticeships – paid Traineeships for those requiring additional academic supervision and qualifications prior to starting an apprenticeship.
  • Accelerated Apprenticeships – enabling many of our apprentices to complete in less time than published in the Apprenticeship Standards.

Easy-to-use service

  • Transparent pricing – secure a Shared Apprentice and potential future employee for arguably less than the rates for a labourer.
  • Recruitment* – advertising, shortlisting and interviewing local candidates (*we are the employer).
  • Onboarding – arranging health and safety training, CSCS cards (or equivalent), basic toolkit, and PPE.
  • College – experienced at sourcing training and funds for training costs, in using the DAS account, and negotiating flexible start dates.
  • HR management – handling all HR, insurance, PAYE and any flexible arrangements.
  • Safeguarding, guidance and mental health – Dedicated Mentor and Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Academic supervision – we work with colleges and specialist providers across the region to support our apprentices through to completion.
  • PR and Social Media – we manage four social media channels reaching key stakeholders across the region.
  • Careers activities – we help with mock interviews and careers fairs, raising aspirations and awareness of opportunities in the industry.
  • Quality service – e.g., named point of contact for all stakeholders.