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Who We Are

Shared Apprenticeships is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise specialising in the construction industry. We employ, mentor, and support local apprentices, typically aged 16-25, on paid work placements with main contractors and their supply chain in the South-West region.

We add value for contractors by delivering social impact with qualitative outcomes and innovation measures plus a conveyor belt of future recruits through a highly flexible and easy-to-use service. We also manage four social media pages and engage with local school careers activities.

Our entry-level apprentices work in Trade, Site Management, and Technical roles (Design / Civil Engineering / Quantity Surveying) and study with local colleges and specialist training providers.

History

Shared Apprenticeships launched in 2015 as the South West Shared Apprenticeship Company Limited, contracted to deliver the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) shared apprenticeship scheme in south-west England, as we still do today.  See Our Locations.

By delivering the CITB shared service, we can offer part-funded, flexible contract periods to help the industry support apprentices where a contractor is unable to offer work for the full duration of the apprenticeship.  It has also enabled us to create additional careers in construction and commit to apprenticeship completions for our apprentices.

Next generation

To help address the future skills shortage in the industry, most of our apprentices are aged 16-25-years.

We therefore provide a dedicated Mentor for support and guidance who has Enhanced DBS, Prevent training, Safeguarding and Mental Health First Aid qualifications. And we employ a Level 3-qualified Designated Safeguarding Lead for additional support where needed.

We also have established links with local schools and colleges to support with careers activities, and to help raise aspirations and awareness of local apprenticeship opportunities.

Vision

Our vision is to ensure widening participation in the construction industry with entry-level career paths for local apprentices.

Mission

Our mission is to work collaboratively with key stakeholders to create careers in construction and:

Values

  • Apprentice first
  • Add value
  • Think local
  • Make a difference
  • Quality experience