Overview of apprenticeship
A Higher Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme. It allows you to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience while being paid to do so. Along with functional and personal skills that are needed for your immediate job and future career you will learn through a mix of project based learning in the workplace, formal off the job training, and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.
The role you will take on within this apprenticeship is Site Manager, or Site Supervisor. These roles are associated with the supervision of specialist contractors and workers on construction projects and are based on construction sites with occasional time in offices. The main duties and tasks of a Construction Site Supervisor may include: Supervision of specialist contractors, The control of health and safety standards on construction projects, Recording, control and reporting of progress on a construction project, The minimisation of the environmental impact of construction projects, Control of quality of works on a construction project, and Assisting commercial staff with the monitoring of costs on a construction project.
Delivery Plan and Assessment
Learners will attend West Suffolk College one day a week for taught sessions, excluding half terms and holidays. In total, learners have to spend 20% of their time on programme completing Off-The-Job training, this includes their day release, and any shadow shifts. Apprentices will be supported by 1:1 meetings in the workplace by their dedicated Programme Tutor. Additional learning resources and information will be made available online to ensure a fully blended learning experience.
Where will this course take me?
The Higher Apprenticeship in Construction Management at Level 4 will help to attract and provide progression for higher technicians, professionals and managers in a range of careers in construction and the built environment.
Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?
The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 per hour. However, the average wage for apprentices with WSC is £4.85 per hour. Your wage is decided by your employer and most will look to reward excellent progress and completion of your apprenticeship.
Due to the nature of this apprenticeship, you need to have prior attainment of GCSE Maths Grade C or above (new grading = 5). Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically a higher apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading) and a Level 3 qualification. Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience.
On completion of the apprenticeship, you will have achieved:
Level 4 HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment.
Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction and Building Services Management and Supervision (Sustainability).
- Skills for Success - This module is designed by West Suffolk College to ensure you have all the personal skills and behaviours to succeed in the workplace.
- Any required Functional Skills in English or Maths.
This course continues to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) and the course was developed to match the professional institute and employers requirements.
How is this funded?
Apprentices are not required to contribute financially towards Apprenticeship training.
If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of £3 million or more, you will pay into an apprenticeship levy. This levy is then used to pay for the full cost of the apprenticeship course which is £12000. This figure is divided by the duration of the Apprenticeship and you will make monthly payments from your account directly to us.
If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of under £3 million, the Government will fund 95% of the training fee meaning you will be required to contribute 5% (£600).
There are incentives available if you are a small employer (under 50) and if you train/recruit a 16-18 year old.
Try out our apprenticeship levy calculator here
I'm interested. What should I do now?
You apply for an Apprenticeship in the same way you would apply for a job: find an apprenticeship vacancy, send in your CV or complete an application. We can help you with applications and give you interview advice. Please view the following page on our website to see our latest Apprenticeship vacancies.
Apprenticeship Vacancies: https://www.wsc.ac.uk/find-a-course/apprenticeships/vacancies
Alternatively, you can look on the GOV.UK website to see what other Apprenticeships vacancies may be available: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
Employers - Please contact us to speak with a member of the Apprenticeship Team for more information and to organise a face to face visit.
Days & times
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