Apprenticeship timeline


Apprenticeships advertised

To give you the best chance of success, we've put together helpful hints and tips that if you follow should give you a better chance of being successful at each stage of our recruitment process. Have a look at our guidance notes.

Guidance notes 6 March

Apprentice hints and tips

Video - hints and tips from an apprentice

Apprenticeship advert closes

If you send your application in late, we won't accept it!

3 April

Application shortlisting

At this stage of the process we're reviewing all the applications we receive. Because we receive hundreds every year, if you make careless spelling mistakes or don't answer the questions to the best of your ability, it's likely this is as far as you will get!


Assessment days

If you make it through our shortlisting process, congratulations! You should receive an invitation to one of the assessment days being hosted on the dates shown. The day will include practical examination, a test and interview to ensure that we employ the most suitable candidates. The assessment process will last a full day. See the guidance notes for hints and tips.

Provisional Assessment day dates

Gas - 9 May

Electrical - 12 May

Joinery - 19 May

Plumbing - 15 June


Apprentice induction

In your first week of your apprenticeship you will be invited to a five day apprentice induction. This will provide you with all the information and tools you need to kick-start your apprenticeship.

Apprentices on their induction day, showing off their new toolkits 7 August

Outward bound

On the week commencing 21/08/16 you will attend a five day residential programme. This programme is designed to improve your communication and team-working skills in preparation for your apprenticeship and is essential to your success!

21 August

Level 3 qualification

At the end of your apprenticeship you will receive a Level 3 qualification in your chosen trade. This is an advanced qualification equivalent to an A-Level.


A full-time contract?

At the end of your apprenticeship you will be required to attend an assessment day to determine if you've secured full-time employment. Remember – the time you've spent with us so far has been working towards this point.


Advancing your career

Many of our former apprentices have gone on to work in more senior roles within the organisation (advancing into Officer and Team Leader positions).

Tom Storey – case study.

More information

Find more information on our main apprenticeships page.

Apprenticeships page