Overview of apprenticeship
An Advanced 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 Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as: developing and maintaining working relationships, preparing and processing invitations to tender, preparing programmes and schedules of work, operating project information systems, and operating health, safety and welfare systems in construction. Learners can specialise in several different areas of Construction Contracting Operations.
This qualification covers the following areas:
- Design co-ordination
- Site technical support
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 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?
As well as ensuring full competence within Construction Contracting Operations, this apprenticeship provides a foundation for potential progression into a structured career path, such as building, civil engineering, and specialist occupations. There is also opportunity for progression through a higher apprenticeship, or Construction Site Supervision at QCF level 4. They can also progress to SQA's Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations.
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.
Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading). Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification, but may very according to the pathway chosen.
Apprentices without English and Maths at Level 2 must achieve these prior completion of their apprenticeship.
On completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship the learner will achieve the following:
- Level 3 NVQ in Construction Contracting Operations.
- Any required Functional Skills in English or Maths.
- 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.
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 £9000. 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% (£450).
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?
Applicants - You can apply using the button at the top of this page, where you will then be booked in for a 1:1 with an apprenticeship advisor.
You can apply for our apprenticeship vacancies via: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
Employers - Please contact us to speak with a member of the Apprenticeship Team and organise a face to face visit.
Days & times
Please contact us for dates and further information