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Who We Are

VCSE / Social Enterprise

Shared Apprenticeships is a not-for-profit VCSE / Social Enterprise.

We employ, mentor and support young people from the local area as apprentices, typically aged 16-25.

Our apprentices gain vital workplace experience and quality CVs on industry placements in the Construction industry and wider Built Environment and study at college or with a specialist training provider.

We also add value by delivering social impact and sustainability with qualitative outcomes and innovation measures.

Specialist Apprentice Agency

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

This has enabled us to offer flexible contract periods to companies who cannot provide work for the full duration of an apprenticeship whilst ensuring that our apprentices can continue their apprenticeship course despite changes in the workplace.

In 2022, we were also authorised by the Department for Education as a Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency.

This has enabled us to create additional careers in construction and commit to more apprenticeship completions for our apprentices.

And across England, we collaborate with the five other not-for-profit shared apprenticeship services, uniting collectively as the Built Environment Shared Apprenticeship Services (BESAS).  This gives us a national voice with key stakeholders and an easy-to-use referral service for host contractors who require apprentices in multiple regions.

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Our Vision

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

Our Mission

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

  • deliver social impact and environmental benefits as a not-for-profit VCSE / Social Enterprise;
  • support our apprentices through to completion and onward progression as potential future recruits for the industry;
  • be adaptable and able to deliver flexible options;
  • ensure we offer a quality experience and easy-to-use service.

Our Values

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