Construction Apprenticeships Building Opportunities

Building Services is a division of the Place Directorate within Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and is responsible for repairing and maintaining the Council’s social housing stock.  As a construction apprentice with Building Services you could be working in people’s homes or in empty properties preparing them for letting.

What does the programme entail?

The apprentice will follow the national framework for Apprenticeships which will include:

  • Main trade standard to level 2: brickwork, plastering, carpentry, roofing with the potential to progress to level 3 for electrical and plumbing qualifications
  • Key Skills Application of Number and Communication
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

In addition in some cases we offer:

  • A second trade standard to level 2 (or gas if the main trade is plumbing, or Wiring Regulations and Test and Inspection if the main trade is electrical)

Additional employer requirements training to include mandatory training such as:

  • Health and Safety related training
  • Infection Control
  • Moving and Handling
Programme Structure
The programme length is variable up to a four or five year period (dependent on trade qualifications agreed and qualifications already achieved which can be accredited to the apprenticeship framework). All apprentices will be employed within Building Services for 37 hours a week. Apprentices will be released from the workplace to attend college usually one day per week, although from time to time they may attend extra days or for block weeks.
Entry Requirements

All apprentices will be expected to show a genuine interest in construction and trade skills and have commitment and motivation to achieve the national apprenticeship framework within the given timescale. Apprentices will be assessed as part of the recruitment and shortlisting process to ensure they are operating at level 2 in both Communication and Application of Number key skills.

What you can expect from Building Services

You will be employed for 37 hours working over five days per week. Your apprenticeship contract will include paid holiday entitlement and will lay out the terms and conditions. Apprentices are allocated a supervisor and mentor within the workplace who will give support needed whilst in the workplace. Apprentices will likely work with different mentors over the duration of their apprenticeship as this allows for a wider learning experience. In addition placements may well be arranged with other council teams or contractors to give further experiential opportunities and to support the evidence requirements of the qualifications. All personal protective clothing will be provided as necessary to undertake the construction work required.

Ongoing Support

Apprentices receive regular reviews, three in their first year and two per year thereafter. This is where the apprentice, their current mentor, their supervisor and the Apprentice Program Manager from the Learning and Development team meet to discuss progress and to put in place any actions to support the apprentice in their development or line of study. The Apprentice Program Manager maintains regular contact with the college or qualification provider. Close working relationships are fostered to enable practical experience and competence to back up the trade theory and for assessors to carry out workplace observations as required.

Completion of Apprenticeship

Once the Apprenticeship contract is completed, apprentices will have a trade standard and have had valid work experience enabling them to seek employment in their given professional area. Construction apprentices will be advised of any suitable vacancies within Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) so that they may apply. Apprentices are also provided with training to support them in applying for jobs and interview skills.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Please check out WMJobs.co.uk and the National Apprenticeship Service website, for current Construction Apprenticeship vacancies. Generally if Construction Apprenticeships vacancies are available they will be advertised in February/March/April. Shortlisting and interviews will be placed over the following months and successful applicants will start their Apprenticeships in September. 

Construction Apprenticeships Building Opportunities

Building Services is a division of the Place Directorate within Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and is responsible for repairing and maintaining the Council’s social housing stock.  As a construction apprentice with Building Services you could be working in people’s homes or in empty properties preparing them for letting.

What does the programme entail?

The apprentice will follow the national framework for Apprenticeships which will include:

  • Main trade standard to level 2: brickwork, plastering, carpentry, roofing with the potential to progress to level 3 for electrical and plumbing qualifications
  • Key Skills Application of Number and Communication
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

In addition in some cases we offer:

  • A second trade standard to level 2 (or gas if the main trade is plumbing, or Wiring Regulations and Test and Inspection if the main trade is electrical)

Additional employer requirements training to include mandatory training such as:

  • Health and Safety related training
  • Infection Control
  • Moving and Handling
Programme Structure
The programme length is variable up to a four or five year period (dependent on trade qualifications agreed and qualifications already achieved which can be accredited to the apprenticeship framework). All apprentices will be employed within Building Services for 37 hours a week. Apprentices will be released from the workplace to attend college usually one day per week, although from time to time they may attend extra days or for block weeks.
Entry Requirements

All apprentices will be expected to show a genuine interest in construction and trade skills and have commitment and motivation to achieve the national apprenticeship framework within the given timescale. Apprentices will be assessed as part of the recruitment and shortlisting process to ensure they are operating at level 2 in both Communication and Application of Number key skills.

What you can expect from Building Services

You will be employed for 37 hours working over five days per week. Your apprenticeship contract will include paid holiday entitlement and will lay out the terms and conditions. Apprentices are allocated a supervisor and mentor within the workplace who will give support needed whilst in the workplace. Apprentices will likely work with different mentors over the duration of their apprenticeship as this allows for a wider learning experience. In addition placements may well be arranged with other council teams or contractors to give further experiential opportunities and to support the evidence requirements of the qualifications. All personal protective clothing will be provided as necessary to undertake the construction work required.

Ongoing Support

Apprentices receive regular reviews, three in their first year and two per year thereafter. This is where the apprentice, their current mentor, their supervisor and the Apprentice Program Manager from the Learning and Development team meet to discuss progress and to put in place any actions to support the apprentice in their development or line of study. The Apprentice Program Manager maintains regular contact with the college or qualification provider. Close working relationships are fostered to enable practical experience and competence to back up the trade theory and for assessors to carry out workplace observations as required.

Completion of Apprenticeship

Once the Apprenticeship contract is completed, apprentices will have a trade standard and have had valid work experience enabling them to seek employment in their given professional area. Construction apprentices will be advised of any suitable vacancies within Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) so that they may apply. Apprentices are also provided with training to support them in applying for jobs and interview skills.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Please check out WMJobs.co.uk and the National Apprenticeship Service website, for current Construction Apprenticeship vacancies. Generally if Construction Apprenticeships vacancies are available they will be advertised in February/March/April. Shortlisting and interviews will be placed over the following months and successful applicants will start their Apprenticeships in September. 

What do our current construction apprentices say?

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‘I am really happy with how my apprenticeship is going, definitely made the right choice. I feel confident in what I have achieved so far in my first trade and I make a difference to the team I am working with. I am looking forward to starting on my second trade.’

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‘Only a few more months and I will have done my five years and qualified in two trades: one to level 3; one to level 2, where has that time gone? I wanted to learn everything I could not just what I needed for my standard and I have, I can confidently do brickwork, plastering, tiling, carpentry and plumbing. If you are willing to work hard then it is all there for you with lots of support.’

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‘I am thoroughly enjoying my apprenticeship, you do need to be committed as it is a long process over five years and hard work in qualifying in two trades. It is very rewarding though knowing that you have achieved so much and are trade skilled. I have been supported well by my colleagues, mentors and supervisor and the placements on new build sites with contractors have been very beneficial, really widening my experience.’

What our past apprentices say who are now employed in building Services:

‘I learned so much during my five years as an apprentice with Building Services and am really chuffed and proud that I have now got a permanent job with them. There was no typical week, but during my time I have been placed with several mentors and learned different things from them all, I have had placements with different teams and on new build sites with contractors – throughout I have been fully supported by my supervisor and Apprentice Program Manager to give me the experience I needed so I could complete my standard. In addition there has been a lot of other training, such as ‘working at height’, manual handling’, regular toolbox talks which have all helped to develop me and give me confidence. I am really pleased that I chose the apprenticeship route with Building Services.’

What our Apprentice Program Manager say:

‘What a rewarding aspect of my job. I meet with applicants during the recruitment process and support them throughout their apprenticeship – from induction on day one right through to arranging job application and interview skills training as they are due to complete their apprenticeship contract. The apprentices contact me if ever they wish to check something and I advise and guide as required, some need this more than others. I meet with them all formally at least twice every year for their ongoing reviews and more frequently as required. I ensure they have all the training and experience they need to be successful in their apprenticeship. To see how these young people develop over the five years in to confident, skilled and qualified professionals with potential for a good future ahead of them is fantastic.’