Once you've applied for an apprenticeship you'll be assessed and
given the opportunity to talk to CITB-ConstructionSkills staff
about different parts of the industry to see what's suitable for
What is the Skills Learning Exercise (SLE)?
As part of the CITB-ConstructionSkills apprenticeship selection
process, you will be invited to complete a Skills Learning
Exercise. This gives you the chance to show you are capable
of completing your chosen apprenticeship.
The exercise consists of questions that are relevant to
construction and are based upon building plans. They will
assess your spatial awareness and numeracy. You will need to
pass the exercise to be accepted as an apprentice. If you
don't pass, you are allowed one re-sit - in any one year.
In order to prepare for the exercise there is a practice
test booklet that you can download. The booklet
- show you the sort of things you will need to learn to complete
- give examples of the types questions you will have to
- gives hints on how to tackle the exercise
If you have learning difficulties, and have a current Statement
of Special Educational Needs or Additional Learning Needs, we can
provide support during the exercise.
You will have to provide CITB-ConstructionSkills with the
relevant documentary evidence in order to receive the support you
Key Skills/Essential Skills
Key skills (or Essential skills) are an important part of the
apprenticeship framework. If you want to improve
your reading, writing or maths, there will be plenty of help
There are also lots of ways to improve your
computer skills - whether you are a complete
beginner, or you want to build on what you know already.
Make sure you have done everything to stand out from the crowd,
provide all the information for your application and prepare well
Take a look at the information
provided for applicants.