Everything you need to know about becoming a construction apprentice

Entry requirements for an apprenticeship - England

Find out what you need to do to apply for a CITB-ConstructionSkills apprenticeship and what funding is available.

Generally, there are no set entry requirements for a Construction Building, Civil Engineering or Specialist Apprenticeship, but there may be specific requirements for Plant Maintenance and Construction Technical, Supervisory and Management Apprenticeships. 

Are you considering applying for an apprenticeship in Wales or Scotland?

What do you need?

It would be helpful to have Standard Grades in Maths and English, technology subjects or a Skills for Work Construction Crafts qualification so that you can do the necessary calculations, measurements and theory.

However, there are a number of ways for you to enter an apprenticeship programme. You could progress on to one from any of these routes: 

  • GCSEs achieved in school or college
  • Experience Construction Initiative
  • Pathways to Construction
  • Young Apprenticeship Scheme in Construction (14-16)
  • Construction and Built Environment Diploma (14-19)
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Key Skills in Application of Number and Communication
  • Foundation Learning Tier (a craft occupation at Level 1)
  • Women and Work Sector Pathways initiative (W&WSPI)
  • Construction Youth Trust which supports young people's journey to work
  • Skills for Work Construction Crafts courses
  • National Progression Award (prevocational or pre-apprenticeship courses) at college
  • Get Ready for Work or Training for Work programmes
  • Projects like Youthbuild which support young people's journey to work.

You'll also need to have a suitable level of physical fitness to do some jobs as they involve moving and handling resources, placing and fixing materials.

Don't worry if you have a disability though as there are apprenticeships that may still suit you.

Am I eligible for funding?