Our Apprentices enjoy a combination of practical, on-the-job learning and first-class teaching. You’ll spend one day in every five at college, where you’ll get the instruction you need to build and develop your skills. But you’ll start working on-site as soon as possible, putting your training into practice under the careful mentoring of an experienced tradesperson.

Your college fees and travel costs will be covered, and you’ll be paid every week for the work you do on-site. You’ll get twenty-one days’ paid leave a year, plus bank holidays. But best of all, you’ll get the chance to make new friends and start building your professional reputation among colleagues, customers and subcontractors.

What you can learn here

Your development

Our Apprentice Programmes are designed to build the practical abilities, academic development and interpersonal skills that will help you progress naturally. Starting with an introduction to the business and its values, you’ll learn about how successful people operate and how you can make best use of your skills and attributes. The programmes are broken down into three elements:

Construction skills development, consisting of health and safety training;

Craft skills development, the structured NVQ Level 2 qualification appropriate to your job role or discipline;

Ambassador duties, where you’ll act as an ambassador and represent Lovell at careers events.

Good learning isn’t about memorising facts for the sake of it; that’s why our programmes are interactive and teach you the skills you need to get your career off to a flying start.

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While not formally required, as we receive many more applications than we have places, Lovell expects apprentices to have achieved Grade A* to C in Maths and English at GCSE level. Attending a construction UTC would be an advantage.

Applicants need to be:

  • Serious
  • Committed
  • Have a passion for a career in construction
  • Able to show research into the chosen area of work
  • Aware of responsibilities of an apprentice and Lovell
  • Prepared for further study
  • Realistic about the amount of work that is required
  • Happy to work both as part of a team and as an individual
  • Able to use initiative

Apprenticeships can be demanding, but very rewarding. It’s not just a question of seeing what is out there and then selecting a career path. It helps if you are focused enough to know what you want to do before you apply.

If you’re the right person for an apprenticeship, being an apprentice can help you achieve your goals. It’s a great opportunity but may not be suitable for everyone.

The length of time taken will depend upon the ability of the individual apprentice. An apprenticeship will usually take from 12 to 24 months; the average time taken to complete the NVQ/SVQ qualification with Lovell is 17 months. There is also the potential to complete an advanced apprenticeship which is an additional 12 months. A large degree of commitment on your part is necessary to see an apprenticeship through.

Lovell apprentices will receive 21 days holiday per year (on top of bank holidays). Your individual entitlement will be detailed in your terms and conditions of employment and training agreement. Just like any other job, Lovell has rules about how far in advance holidays need to be booked and times that holiday can and cannot be taken.

You’ll get a package of qualifications when you finish your apprenticeship – a National/Scottish Vocational Qualification (NVQ/SVQ), a technical certificate such as an Intermediate Construction Award (ICA) or Advanced Construction Award, and key skills qualifications. Apprenticeships lead to either an NVQ/SVQ Level 2 or NVQ/SVQ Level 3.

There are five levels of NVQ:

Level 1 = 5 GCSEs at Grades D to G

Level 2 = 5 GCSEs at grades A to C

Level 3 = 2 A levels / 1 vocational A level

Level 4/5 = HNC, HND and degree level

Our Group Companies

Morgan Sindall Group

Morgan Sindall Group plc is a leading UK construction and regeneration group, operating in the public and commercial sectors, through five divisions of construction and infrastructure, fit out, affordable housing, urban regeneration and investments.

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