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Construction Apprenticeships

Looking for a Construction apprenticeship in Kent? Earn while you learn at MidKent College. 

Lay the foundations for a great career as a painter, builder or decorator. Innovation and creativity make the construction industry an interesting and quick-moving place in which to work. You could become a skilled tradesperson managing projects and improve the living and working services in the UK.

At MidKent College, there are several different Construction apprenticeships to choose from depending on your interests and career goals.

Bricklaying apprenticeships

Bricklayers learn a range of skills on the job, which include restoration projects, masonry and decorative stonework. You’ll need to enjoy practical work, be able to work at heights and have good hand-eye coordination.

Carpentry and Joinery apprenticeships

Carpenters and joiners are often involved with a range of building projects or technical builds. They need to have a great eye for detail and could work in the workshop or out on-site with a range of machinery to create things such as windows and staircases or be involved with industrial architecture and design.

Painting and Decorating apprenticeships

Painters and decorators often put the final finishing touches on jobs, bringing building and interiors to life. An apprenticeship can teach you a range of decorative techniques such as crackling, sponging or cast metals, meaning you can channel your creative flair onto whatever project you’re working on.

The possibilities after completing a Construction apprenticeship are endless! You can apply your skills to a range of varied and interesting projects, and move onto project management if you wish to.

What will I learn?

A Construction apprenticeship will equip you with all of the practical, communication and teamwork skills that you need to become a carpenter, bricklayer, painter, surveyor or bench joiner. You’ll be earning a wage, as well as increasing your theoretical and practical knowledge.

Not only will you learn the specific practical skills for your chosen construction trade, but you’ll also learn English and maths at a level to suit you. After all, all tradespeople need to measure accurately, calculate and order stock and contact customers!

As a Construction apprentice you’ll also learn the necessary health and safety requirements, as well as how to measure and calculate the equipment or materials you need.

How will I be assessed?

Your dedicated training officer will assess most of your learning in your workplace. You’ll also study English and maths at a level that is appropriate to you.

What will I get from a Construction apprenticeship?

  • A nationally recognised AAT qualification
  • GCSEs in English and maths (dependent on previous level of qualification)
  • Relevant and applicable industry experience
  • Once fully qualified, construction site supervisors can earn on average £28,000-40,000 per year.*

How much do apprentices earn?

Employers must provide their apprentices with a contract of employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week, which should include your attendance at College. The National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage is £3.70 per hour, but this can be increased at the discretion of your employer. Click here to find out more about the National Minimum Wage.

What careers are available?

  • Stonemason
  • Bricklayer
  • Site foreman
  • Carpenter/joiner
  • Restoration specialist
  • Project manager.

Why choose MidKent College?

An apprenticeship with MidKent College will equip you with all of the skills you need to become a qualified construction trades professional. Our apprenticeship advisers can also help you to find an apprenticeship vacancy with a local employer – check out the latest vacancies available now.

We work with trusted local employers to ensure that what you learn on your apprenticeships is relevant, up-to-date and accurate.

Find out more

Apply for local vacancies here.

How much do construction professionals get paid?

Bricklayers and painters and decorator can expect to earn on average £15,000-£30,000 per year, with carpenters earning similar at £16,000-£40,000 per year.**

Is there demand for construction professionals?

Yes definitely! Nationally, the amount of new homes, government incentives and construction projects is booming. Qualified and experienced construction workers will always be in demand. You could take your studying further and complete a higher level of apprenticeship or a Foundation Degree with the College to specialise your skills further.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

Choose the level of Construction apprenticeship that is most appropriate to you from the selection of programmes above. A level 2 apprenticeship is approximately equivalent to GCSE, level 3 to A level and level 4 to degree level. Select “Apply online”, registered your email address and then complete the required details.

You’ll need to meet set entry requirements, and we’ll invite you in for an interview, and possibly an assessment, depending on the level. But it’s nothing to worry about! We welcome applicants from those who already have an employer willing to sponsor them, as well as helping those looking for employment. 

We also offer construction study programmes. Click on the link to find out more. 

Contact us

Need helping finding an employer or applying for an apprenticeship? Contact our apprenticeship advisers today by email or by phoning 01634 383322.

Not sure if an apprenticeship is for you? Contact our careers team today.


*https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/construction-site-supervisor

** https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/