Shared Apprenticeships South West has been set up by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to meet growing demand for a more flexible approach to apprenticeships.
Recruiting apprentices across the South West of England into various roles within the industry, the shared apprenticeship model reflects the needs of an ever growing construction sector. We support apprentices from day one, providing placements with a number of host employers, booking Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) tests and equipping apprentices with a basic tool kit.
Shared Apprenticeships (SA) also arranges college placements which will be a maximum of 2 days per week depending on trade to gain a full Level 2 or 3 apprenticeship qualification.
With regular reviews to ensure our apprentices are well looked after and getting the right support, the SA also offers help and guidance with finding full time employment along the way – and we have had a few success stories already!
Each apprentice is directly employed by SA, so employers also benefit from having apprentices on site without any HR or payroll implications.
Shared Apprenticeships operates across Dorset, Devon and Bristol and is expanding across the region.
The Shared Apprenticeships Team
Meet the team who will support you through your journey with Shared Apprenticeships South West:
Emma Norton – Programme Manager
Emma is responsible for the smooth running of the programme. Looking at how the scheme can grow and develop to meet the needs of the young people wanting to get on to the career ladder, she also supports organisations wishing to participate in the training of the next generation of construction workers.
Emma has worked in a variety of industries and organisations, starting out as a management accountant and then moving in to training and development. Emma is passionate about developing young people’s potential and helping them grow into their chosen career.
Phone: 07718 338874
Julia Coulton – Apprentice Mentor
Julia is our Apprentice Mentor for Bristol and the surrounding area. Always at the end of the phone, email or text to deal with any issues of concerns, Julia makes regular visits to our apprentices on site or at college to review their progress and discuss future plans. Julia works in partnership with our host contractors to help them deliver their apprenticeship commitments and to develop future placement opportunities.
Julia has an economic & skills development background and has worked across a range of industries, she also continues to work voluntarily within family support. Having studied a vocational qualification herself, Julia is a true advocate of apprenticeships and firmly believes in the value of mentor support throughout the programme.
Phone: 07718 338879
Prigette Smolka – Apprentice Mentor and Administrator
Prigette is our Apprentice Mentor/Administrator working across Dorset as well as covering Exeter and Plymouth. Working closely with our apprentices Prigette is always at the end of the phone, email or text to deal with any issues or queries regarding, payroll, HR, work placements or any other issues.
Prigette also makes regular visits to our apprentices on site or at college to review their progress and discuss their future. In addition, Prigette works with our host contractors to help them deliver their apprenticeship commitments and to develop future placement opportunities.
Prigette’s background has been working within the corporate and social sector and she is excited about using her skills, drive and determination gained in both sectors to provide a mentoring/ business support service that will enable SWSA apprentices to thrive, grow and develop their careers within the construction industry.
Phone: 07753 616430
The Shared Apprenticeships South West Board
Meet our Board
The Shared Apprenticeships South West Board is made up of organisations from the construction industry, educational establishments, local councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Roger Ball, Director
Environment and Regeneration Services
Ian Bassett, Head of People
Adele Dawson, Assistant Principal
Jon Daines, Area Director – Poole
Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Ltd
Graham Kingdon, Construction Director
BAM Construction – Western
Emma Hewitt, Building Plymouth Skills Co-ordinator