Government celebrates milestone and launches nine new construction apprenticeship courses


The government has reached its target of starting two million apprenticeships during this Parliament.

Business secretary Vince Cable met the two millionth apprentice - Paige McConville, aged 16, in Oxford - who has begun an advanced apprenticeship in engineering manufacture at high-tech engineering firm FMB Oxford.

Cable said: “This isn’t just about numbers. From space engineering, to TV production, to legal services, apprenticeships are the ticket to a great job and a route employers trust to access the skills they need.”

Cable also announced 22 new employer-designed apprenticeship courses, including nine in construction (see below).

Several construction firms have signed up as ‘trailblazers’ to provide the courses, including contractor Costain.

Jayne Sloane, group training manager for contractor Costain, said: “The trailblazer apprenticeships give us the opportunity to ensure apprenticeships are fit for purpose and provide our industry with the skills needed for the future.”

List of new construction apprenticeship courses

Construction Assembly Technician

Construction Quantity Surveyor

Construction Design Manager

Construction Management

Building Service Engineer Site Manager

Civil Engineering Site Manager

Highway Electrical - Maintenance & Installation

Highways Maintenance Supervision

Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative