City & Guilds and Indentured Apprenticeships

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city guilds apprentishipsWhat is an Indentured Apprenticeship?

• The Indenture system is hundreds of years old and is traditionally a binding agreement between the apprentice and their master.

• In modern terms the agreement is usually between the apprentice and a recognised construction-training organisation, council or board.

• A specific time period will be stipulated for the apprenticeship that must be adhered to by all parties.

• An Indentured Apprenticeship will involve fixed training that follows a stringent routine.

• In construction, the indenture system is essentially an apprenticeship scheme that has been regulated, administered and/or provided by an official construction organisation such as the National Joint Council for the Building Industry (NJCBI), the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) or the CITB.

• At the end of the Apprenticeship the Apprentice will receive official papers and a certificate detailing their completion of the Indentured Apprenticeship.

• Many Indentured Apprenticeships will incorporate City and Guild Craft and Advanced Craft Certificates into their scheme; these certificates will be issued upon completion of the apprenticeship.

What is the difference between an Indentured Apprenticeship and an Employers Apprenticeship?

• An Employer Apprenticeship is an agreement between the Employer and the Apprentice; it is not typically administered by an official construction organisation.

• Employers Apprenticeships are more common than an Indentured Apprenticeships because they have more flexibility for both the employer and the Apprentice.

• Usually the Employer Apprenticeship training is not as rigid as the Indenture Apprenticeship Training.

• Upon completion of the Employer Apprenticeship the Apprentice will receive a Final Certificate from their Employer.

• Some Employer Apprenticeships will incorporate City and Guild Craft Certificates into their scheme; these certificates should also be received upon completion of the apprenticeship.

What about Traineeships?

• Traineeships are sometimes offered in occupations that have not been traditionally classified or associated with construction trades.

• There are traineeships in construction related occupations such as steel fixing or plant operating.

• Traineeships usually lead to some sort of certification or recognition of the particular occupational skills learnt by the trainee.

• Traineeships aren’t as popular in the UK as Apprenticeship Schemes and they are generally shorter in duration than an Apprenticeship.

What are City and Guild Qualifications?

City and Guild provide vocational qualifications that candidates can pursue through job-related training.

In construction there are a number of Awards, Certificates and Diplomas available for different trades and construction related occupations.

Do I need to undertake a City and Guild certificate during my Apprenticeship?

Not all Apprenticeships include a City and Guild Certificate; some Apprenticeships will include an NVQ or another vocational qualification instead.

For certain trades and crafts there aren’t full NVQ courses available, so in this case an apprentice may undertake several different Construction NVQ units or a City and Guild Certificate.

advanced craft certificateIn addition, if you are doing an Indentured Apprenticeship or you are an Apprentice who wants to achieve an advanced level in your trade you may take a City and Guilds of London Institute Advanced Craft Certificate.

What CSCS card am I eligible for with an Indentured Apprenticeship?

• The Gold Skilled Worker CSCS card

What CSCS card am I eligible for with an Apprenticeship and City and Guild Certificate?

  • The Blue Skilled Worker CSCS Card
    OR
  • The Gold Skilled Worker CSCS Card