Training a new generation

The Apprenticeship Academy has introduced a Pre-Apprenticeship Programme aimed at preparing young people for an apprenticeship in construction and working on a construction site. The programme is designed to provide the basic skills and knowledge required to move into an apprenticeship in construction and hit the ground running.

During the three-week programme, students will undertake:

  • A CSCS test giving them a green card if they pass
  • A CITB One-Day Health and Safety course
  • Training on general construction, manual handling, asbestos awareness and service detection (CAT & Genny)
  • Basic practical training in bricklaying, concreting, drainage and levelling


Students from the most recent intake said this about their experience on the programme:

Callum – “My family are all in construction and it’s all I have wanted to do since I was younger. I’m enjoying this programme far more than college.”

William – “Andy (the tutor) takes the time to explain the theory behind what we are doing so I feel like I have been learning lots. I’ve really enjoyed bricklaying and going onto a large construction site.”

Kier Living Central has recruited 10 students from the Pre-Apprenticeship Programme onto their own apprenticeship programme. Abdul Mozzamdar is Kier’s Apprenticeships Manager and had this to say: “The robust Pre-Apprenticeship Programme is a good method of recruitment and selection for us as an organisation as we are confident that the candidates we interview are work-ready. So far we have recruited ten students to work on sites across Birmingham and Wolverhampton. We are particularly impressed with the groundworks provision as this is a qualification which most colleges and training providers avoid due to resourcing and space constraints. The team at McDermotts are friendly, approachable and have a wealth of knowledge of the industry.”

If you would like to find out more about the Pre-Apprenticeship Programme, email Andy Moule at