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Future Recruits

Shared Apprenticeships is a not-for-profit VCSE / Social Enterprise employing young people, typically aged 16-25 as apprentices in the Construction industry and wider Built Environment. We are very proud of the quality of our apprentices that progress into the industry on completion. Contact Us for details and read our Testimonials here.

HR benefits of providing a host placement

  • Alongside usual recruits – an entry-level path alongside the annual apprentice recruitment drive.
  • Not on the company HR headcount – as the employer, we form part of the host company supply chain.
  • Flexible criteria – able to include those who fall just outside the annual apprentice recruitment criteria.
  • ED&I – we mentor and support those otherwise in a minority. Read more here.
  • Variety of roles – our apprentices are in trade, office, digital, data and technical roles. Read more here.
  • Helping to address the skills shortage – supporting additional new entrants into the workforce.
  • Staff retention – supervising a young apprentice can increase the loyalty of the host company workforce.

HR recruitment benefits

  • No obligation – there is no commitment to employ any apprentice on completion.
  • No Finder’s Fee – we do not charge recruitment fees on completion of the apprenticeship.
  • Understand the company culture – having been on work placement with the host contractor.
  • Hit the ground running – having already completed an apprenticeship and had workplace experience.

Quality candidates

  • Qualified – our apprentices have completed the full apprenticeship and not abandoned after HNC.
  • CSCS cards – eligible for a CSCS card upgrade on completion. Read more here.
  • Trained – several health & safety courses at the outset plus others during the apprenticeship.
  • Workplace experience – typically 2-3 years’ workplace experience with one or more host contractors.
  • Strong CVs – including a variety of workplace experience and the apprenticeship qualification.
  • Professional bodies – we encourage relevant membership. Read more here.
  • Post Nominal Letters – many of our apprentices are eligible for professional letters after their name.
  • Adaptable – experience of adapting to change of host company and/or work placement location.
  • Resilient – having overcome any number of issues during their apprenticeship and committed to completion.

Benefitted from mentoring – Read more here.

  • Maintaining mental health – in regular contact and providing coping strategies if ever needed.
  • Life skills – focusing on listening skills, verbal communication, eye contact, and confidence.
  • Workplace skills – focusing on attendance, punctuality, response to instructions, professionalism in the workplace, IT skills, written communication and presentation skills.
  • Professional development – encouraging professional memberships and engagement.
  • Acknowledging achievements – nominating apprentices for Apprentice of the Month and external awards.
  • PR opportunities – working with our apprentices to raise awareness of careers in construction.
  • College Assessors – helping ensure that our apprentices are progressing as expected.
  • Professional and Trade bodies – seeking opportunities for additional training and benefits.
  • Committed to completions – we have worked with our apprentices to see them through to completion.