10 January 2019

Creating a Route into Construction – A Degree Apprenticeship System

Inspiring Construction is a joint campaign between Build UK and CITB, launched in September 2017, to inspire the next generation to choose a career in construction.

Build UK is delighted to announce that CITB has awarded funding to develop and launch a portal for students to apply for degree apprenticeships through, an extension of this campaign.

During a talk, given by Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol when launching Inspiring Construction, one of the schoolchildren expressed he was interested in a quantity surveying degree apprenticeship and Build UK set about trying to match him with an employer.

The process that then started was a frustrating and lengthy one for student Charlie and Build UK saw first-hand how this could be putting off potential applicants from progressing and completing the Apprenticeship application forms. Charlie’s experience gave Build UK the idea that the industry needs a gateway for students to apply for apprenticeships through, as well as a Clearing House model. It is so easy for students to apply to go to university in one central place, and to help solve the industry skills shortage, the industry needs to make it easier to access the full pool of individuals who are interested in pursuing construction careers.

Build UK has had initial discussions with UCAS about how we could work with them to create this portal. A Member Task Group will be set up to help develop the product and Build UK looks forward to developing a system that works for the entire industry.

We are looking for industry input on this project and would like to encourage you to complete this survey to help us create a system fit for purpose.

This project supports the Construction Leadership Council’s skills plan to attract the next generation, creating a Route into Construction for a diverse and talented workforce.