Apprentices combine working and learning; earning a wage as they gain the expertise and knowledge your business needs.
And if your apprentice is following a civil engineering or built environment programme, ICE can support you both.
Our team will train your apprentice’s mentor and, where possible, visit the workplace to make sure your apprentice is on track to complete their programme.
What’s more, our experienced staff can put your apprentice on the road to an ICE professional qualification, which brings a host of benefits for you both.
Our professional qualifications show that your employees have the skills and knowledge they need to contribute to your success. They also express your commitment to learning, development and maintaining the highest industry standards.
Apprentices can also join ICE as soon as they start their apprenticeship.
How is an apprenticeship run?
Apprenticeships run from two years (equivalent to Highers in Scotland and two A-levels in the rest of the UK) up to four or five years (for degree-level apprenticeships), depending on where in the UK the programme is run.
Broadly speaking, apprentices spend around 80% of the time working and 20% learning in the ‘classroom’, which could take place:
- At a workplace
- At a college or university
- Through self-guided study or research
After taking on an apprentice, you must both sign an agreement. This formalises:
- How long you’ll employ the apprentice for
- The training you’ll give them
- Their working conditions
- The qualifications they’re working towards
You’ll also need to sign a contract with your apprentice and the training provider.
As an employer, you also provide your apprentices with a workplace mentor. This person should always be available to support their learning and development needs and address their concerns. For this reason, you need to allow for regular contact between the apprentice and their mentor.
ICE’s expert team can provide guidance and training for apprentices and their workplace mentors.
We’ll also work with you to help them throughout their journey. This includes helping apprentices prepare for their End Point Assessment (only applicable in England) and their professional qualification with ICE.
As mentors play such a crucial role in an apprentice’s development, we’ll also work with them to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to perform their role effectively.
The team can provide support and guidance for apprentices and mentors over the phone or, if required, in their workplace.
We also have a range of resources to help apprentices and mentors. This includes mentor training, online webinars, workshops and guidance documents. Staff are also available to give talks in colleges, universities and the workplace.
While the information above is broadly applicable to apprenticeships throughout the UK, some details will differ depending on where you live.
More information for each region is detailed below.