Finding an apprenticeship in any industry can seem like a daunting task. But with this said the effort put into finding a placement certainly pays off in the end. If you’re looking to become an apprentice in the construction industry, you need to check out the Construction Apprentice Scheme, otherwise known as the CAS because there are a lot advantages offered by doing so. Below is a quick guide to construction industry apprenticeships in the UK and how many benefits are to be had from getting involved.
What is the Construction Apprenticeship Scheme?
CAS has been set up as a registration scheme which offers you and other individuals a “formal” apprenticeship in the construction industry as well as in other related occupations. The scheme was set up to focus on school leavers who want to enter into the construction industry. However, people of all ages can register and it covers the whole of England and Wales.
Over the years, the Construction Apprenticeship Scheme has gained much respect with industry players because it provides protection as well as commitment to apprenticeship programmes. This offers many young people the opportunity of getting started in a career of their choice. The scheme also offers advantages in getting some financial support through specific Grant Schemes set in place for that purpose.
Who Runs the Scheme?
The scheme is actually owned by the construction industry itself. However, it is run and administered by the Construction Industry Training Board, also known as the CITB. It boasts the support of the unions as well as other key industry federations. This goes a long way in showing commitment to training and then to keeping newcomers working in the construction industry.
Why Sign Up to CAS?
There are some real advantages for both employers and apprentices to the scheme partly because the formal contract uses a Deed. This document – the Deed – covers the basics like employment, any structured training that leads to NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) together with the framework involved in any of the chosen relevant occupations within the construction industry. The time awarded this type of training is normally a minimum of two years for newcomers entering into the industry.
Because everyone both employers and apprentices, sign up to a formal agreement for the period of training involved, it’s a win-win situation for all concerned. The bonus being both parties know exactly where they stand at any given moment for the duration of the apprenticeship.
What about Responsibilities?
When it comes to responsibilities, on the employers’ side, they have to adhere and uphold all rules set out by the CAS scheme. On top of this, employers have to provide the correct supervision as well as training for all apprentices working with them. This has to be carried out in a safe manner in whatever area of the industry the apprentice is working. Employers also undertake to let apprentices attend any off-the-job training courses should they want or need to.
On the part of apprentices, their responsibilities include upholding and adhering to the rules set out in the scheme and to always endeavour to get the necessary skills under their belts in their chosen areas of the industry. Apprentices also undertake to adhere to all safety advice they are given and to follow all safety procedures at all times during their apprenticeships. They would also undertake to attend any formal off-the-job courses to reinforce training as well as experience in their field of chosen work.
The construction industry needs more people to work within the many areas it covers. As such there are new construction apprenticeship schemes out there which makes finding a placement within a company that much easier. Because the schemes have rules set in place that protect both employers and apprentices, there is a lot to be said for registering with them. The advantages are many and at the end of the day, serious apprentices can take the two years to get their NVQ whilst working within the industry under the right conditions.