Apprentice frequently asked questions

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Frequently asked questions

Most of our Apprenticeships start in the September of each year (with some starting in October). Employers in the construction trade are aware of this system and typically start recruitment from early in the year all the way up to September. It is important to apply to us as soon as possible (our applications open on 1st December each year), so that you don’t miss out on a great opportunity.

Once an employer has been found (whether by us or by the potential apprentice) we can swing into action and arrange your college/training placement start working with you straight away to get your construction career of to an amazing start.

  • Carpentry and Joinery last around 30 months, but can be extended to a Level 3 qualification with an extra year.
  • Plastering, Bricklaying and Painting and Decoration last between 2-3 years
  • Gas Engineering including plumbing takes around 3 years to complete
  • Electrical is around 4 and a half years

Apprenticeships are funded by the government – there is no cost to you. You will be getting paid to learn!

On Site Bristol offers its additional support at no extra cost and this includes 1-2-1 assistance from a trade specific training officer as well as a basic set of tools and protective gear at the start of the apprenticeship.

No, On Site Bristol will arrange the course for you and will even meet you there on your first day!

We do not guarantee that we will find you an employer. However, we will put you forward for any apprenticeship vacancies that come through to us from our network of employers and we will help you prepare for any potential interview or work trial. HOWEVER, we do not have enough vacancies for all our applicants, so it is important that start your own job search.  See finding employment for some great tips and advice!

The vast majority of our apprentices stay in their chosen trade, and usually with the current employer. On Site Bristol is still there for you and we are happy to give you advice on further career opportunities.

In most cases though you will finish your apprenticeship as a fully qualified craft trade professional. Some learners go on to become self-employed or start their own businesses. Many of our employers were themselves apprentices with On Site Bristol many years ago!

We always recommend having a Plan B! Sadly, there are usually more applicants than there are vacancies, so we always recommend you apply to a college or other training providers just in case!

You can always apply to us again next year (or the year after!)