Construction Building (England)

Framework status: Current (latest) issue

Framework details

Framework ID: FR04452
Issue number: 31
Issued: 02 September 2019

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Contact name: Neil Hartis MBE
Telephone number: 07736 796461
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Summary of the purpose of the framework

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) – Statement on Apprenticeship Quality

1. An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. This broader mix differentiates the Apprenticeship experience from training delivered to meet narrowly focused job needs.

2. On completion of the Apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

CITB-ConstructionSkills Apprenticeship Definition as defined by the Construction Industry

An apprenticeship in construction is a form of vocational training whereby the apprentice follows a ConstructionSkills' approved framework to develop skills and knowledge and who would then demonstrate and evidence their application in a construction environment. In order to complete a Construction Apprenticeship the apprentice must have been employed during the apprenticeship, have evidenced competence in the specified range of vocational skills and have an employed status at the time of completion.

The core participants involved in a Construction Apprenticeship are:
• Employer – the primary provider of learning in the workplace, and supports the apprentice through mentoring, learning and payment of wages
• Apprentice – contributes to the productivity of the employer and undertakes the requisite learning
• Training provider – provides off-site tuition and administrative support to both the employer and apprentice. (Training providers can include colleges, training centres, manufacturers, suppliers and some employers.)
• Government – provides a financial contribution to the training costs of the apprenticeship
• Managing agent – sets up and monitors the apprenticeship and obtains and distributes the government funding. The managing agent can also be the training provider or the employer. (Apprentices can choose not to have a managing agent.)

Construction building craft occupations have a traditional role in supplying a qualified workforce to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The vast majority of companies in the sector are small, with over 97% employing fewer than 25 people. Only 1% of sector businesses employ more than 60 people, although these firms carry out a disproportionate share of the work by value.

Over one-third (38%) of the construction workforce in England is self-employed. Self-employment is particularly high in the main craft trades where it averages around 60% of the workforce, and is also highly concentrated in some regions. Regional analysis shows proportions of self-employment above 40% in London, the East and South East, as well as the West Midlands.

There are 1,817,049 employees in construction in England, and by the year 2015, a further 38,630 new recruits will be needed to fill the posts of those that retire or leave the industry. The following is the annual recruitment for the period 2011 to 2015.

• Bricklayers 1,930
• Wood Trades and Interior Fit outs 5,180
• Painters and Decorators 3,030
• Maintenance sector will also see growth but no figures are available
• Construction professionals and technical staff 1,000

The priorities for the sector for 2010 to 2014 are to:

• improve productivity
• attract, retain and develop talent
• increase diversity
• improve supervisory, management and leadership skills
• collaborate with employers and stakeholders.

An apprenticeship in construction follows a pattern of vocational training to meet the requirements of a ConstructionSkills' approved framework. This enables apprentices to develop skills and knowledge which they can then demonstrate and evidence in a real construction environment.

The Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) apprenticeships in craft occupations have been meeting the needs of employers since the mid 1990’s.

This apprenticeship has been developed to help meet the skills priorities of the industry and for England by:

• continuing to provide qualifications required by employers to help their business grow
• providing a flexible entry route to attract applicants from under-represented groups
• including literacy, numeracy, problem solving and employability skills to develop the confidence of apprentices to take with them throughout their working life
• meeting the requirements of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE).

This framework includes the following occupations at Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) in Construction Building.

Intermediate (Level 2)

• Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting (painter, Industrial painter)
• Maintenance Operations
• Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying and Craft Masonry)
• Wood Occupations (Site Carpentry, Bench Joinery Last day for Registrations 31 Dec 18)
• Woodmachining

Advanced (Level 3)

• Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying)
• Wood Occupations (Site Carpentry, Bench Joinery Last day for Registrations 31 Dec 18)
• Decorative Finishing (Painting and Decorating)

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