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Apprentice FAQs

Apprentice – Frequently Asked Questions

What is an apprenticeship?

Who are JBT looking for?

What do JBT Offer?

I am not 18 yet so can JBT help me?

How long is an apprenticeship?

Do I get wages?

Do I get my fares paid?

I do not have any tools, what should I do?

Is construction open to women?

What is it like working in construction?

What is it like working on a construction site?

 

Construction – Apprentice – Frequently Asked Questions

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice, you will:-

  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Gain job-specific skills
  • Earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • Get time for study related to your role.

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Who are JBT looking for?

We are looking for:-

  • Existing or past college students on construction courses
  • Be 18 + years of age
  • Be CSCS tested

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What do JBT Offer?

  • Construction Apprenticeship
  • Waged site placement
  • College placement
  • Paid college day release
  • Tools & PPE
  • Excellent support & mentoring

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I am not 18 yet so can JBT help me?

JBT are happy to offer advice and guidance, so feel free to send in an Expression of Interest Form and call us Contact.

Once on our database of candidates, JBT wait for you to get to the level required for site placement.

We will keep in touch and you can do the same.

We publish events we are attending so you can come and meet us face to face.

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Am I too old for an apprenticeship?

Our programmes are for people 18+ years of age so, as long as you fit the criteria, you are eligible.

Please note that we do not just do apprenticeships, if you have the experience but lack the qualification, JBT can help.

Please feel free to send in an Expression of Interest Form and call us Contact.

We publish events we are attending so you can come and meet us face to face.

Apprentice age breakdown

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How long is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship lasts for a minimum of a year

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Do I get wages?

Yes, while you gain your site placement experience you will receive a wage above the national living wage.

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Do I get my fares paid?

You will receive fares assistance; you pay the first 2 pounds per day, we subsidise the remainder.

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I do not have any tools, what should I do?

Yes, you will be equipped with a full set of hand tools required for your trade. In addition, you will get PPE (Personal Protection Equipment); safety boots, hardhat, Hi-Viz, etc.

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Is construction open to women?

Definitely, although currently a small percentage of a 12% (Dec 16), with only about 1% on the tools, women are being actively encouraged to enter the industry.

JBT are doing slightly better than the national average with 4% (Mar 17) of women on the tools.

As well as the regular trades, such as bricklaying, electricians, we look for women who want to work in site management roles. The opportunities are there.

Have a look at Rebecca and Supanja’s case studies.

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What is it like working in construction?

Despite the stereotypical, wolf-whistling, colourful banter and bottom-crack showing view that has prevailed, unjustly so, in past years, the construction industry is a professional, inclusive, and innovative industry.

We cannot think of another industry where you can build a great career and, from early on. Many of the owners of large building companies started as apprentices. Our very own Joe Brennan, who started as a carpentry apprentice, was running his own building business by 23. Whether your ambitions are to climb the ladder of success or have a decent, steady livelihood, remember that you will have the provable skills that you acquire, for life.

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What is it like working on a construction site?

For those of you taking on a trade apprenticeship, yes, it can be hard. Working outside on physically demanding work, may seem daunting. JBT vet the clients’ sites to make sure that they have good facilities, health & safety provisions, and overall management. The strong support you will receive from JBT will ensure that you thrive.

So yes, it will be hard work, but with great benefits to you by the end.

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