A look back at the success of our Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship Programme!

Over 130 students received 1-1 long-term mentoring and personalised careers guidance! Supported by over 200 volunteers from 24 employers! 

Our CITB-funded Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship Programme, supported by Kier, has reached its end. However, the pilot programme has proven to be such an invaluable resource to students, parents and teachers that we have established the programme as a permanent fixture in our rostra of World-of-Work programmes!

Over the two-year programme, the Trust has engaged with 2,012 students with three main aims: to increase the awareness and appeal of the apprenticeship route amongst young people, parents and teachers, to level the playing field for young people facing the biggest barriers to employment by giving practical 1-1 application support, and to work with employers to connect them with diverse young talent.

“The programme supports both the learners and myself to develop an understanding and remain current with the application process.” - Teacher

Higher Level and Degree apprenticeships are a great alternative to traditional university routes into a career for young people that want to ‘earn and learn’, gaining practical experience of the workplace alongside academic study. However, many young people, and their parents and teachers, have negative misperceptions of apprenticeships and don’t perceive them as a viable next step in achieving their career goals.

Our Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship programme supports young people along the entire apprenticeship journey, from raising awareness of the huge range of roles available in the construction sector, to helping facilitate applications and giving practical employer-led support to students.

Our Apprenticeships Masterclasses, designed for students, parents and teachers, tackle common misconceptions about apprenticeships and include live Q&A’s with real-life apprentices and industry recruitment experts. We are so thankful to the industry partners that hosted and co-facilitated these events, including Tideway, ISG and Mulitplex, giving attendees a genuine insight into construction careers.

“When working with you face to face, over the phone and via email you can really see how passionate and dedicated Construction Youth Trust are to help you reach your goals.” - Student

Across the programme, 131 students were supported through personalised 1-1 mentoring, receiving advice and guidance on the application process. Support included CV writing, application reviews, interview skills and weekly updates about opportunities within the industry.

A major component of the programme has been our employer-led Mock Assessment centres which give young people a chance to hone their employability skills ready for real-life apprenticeship applications and gain structured, constructive career guidance from experts in the construction and built environment field.

“What was great about the mock assessment centres was that the industry leading employers hosted the sessions, so they were able to offer great advice on how to improve and do better next time. Having such detailed feedback meant that I would not make the same mistake twice!” – Student

By providing support at each stage of the application process, the Trust has been able to level the playing field for students facing the greatest barriers to higher level apprenticeships and construction careers. The chance to meet professionals and practice employability and soft skills has proved a vital tool, giving our young people an edge in their applications.

One young man impressed so much during a Mock Assessment Centre, he was invited to BAM Nuttall’s own Assessment Centre, and he has successfully been offered a Level 4 Civil Engineering Apprenticeship! (Read more about Muaaz’s story here.)

“Construction Youth Trust go above and beyond to show what it’s really like to work in the industry and not just how it is described in a textbook. The amount of employers that students have access to and opportunity to develop their employability skills is something very special!” – Industry volunteer

We can’t wait to work with our next cohort of students in September!