Plym History Centre 14 2000x550 - FAQs


What is a host employer?

Shared Apprenticeships employs apprentices and they are hosted by a construction organisation – known as host contractors – these organisations support apprentices on site, giving them hands on experience of the industry. Shared Apprenticeships is responsible for payroll, annual leave, insurance, any other HR functions and college.

How do we host an apprentice?

You should contact the scheme directly and let them know of your requirements – in particular which trade, location of placement, duration of placement and any special requirements. From a lead time perspective as much notice as possible is appreciated.

How long can we host an apprentice for?

Placements must be for a minimum of 13 weeks. Normally they are around six months. They can also be for the full length of the apprenticeship.

Which trades does Shared Apprenticeships support?

Shared Apprenticeships supports a wide range of traditional and non-traditional trades at Level 2 (2yrs) and Level 3 (1yr), these include but are not limited to carpentry, bricklaying, painting and decorating, dry-lining, groundworks, roofing & scaffolding.

Shared Apprenticeships cannot currently support plumbing and electrical.

We also support Level 3 Technical Apprenticeships for trainee site managers, quantity surveyors, estimators and planners.  For further information on this apprenticeship please contact John McColl:- or phone: 07808 699375.

What is my commitment as the host contractor?

A host contract sets out the roles and responsibilities, an example copy of which is available on request.  You must ensure that the apprentice is inducted on to the site along with the relevant health and safety induction. Copies of insurance policies, risk assessments and method statements must be sent to Shared Apprenticeships within the first week of the apprentice starting on site. The apprentice must be occupied in roles that enable them to gain experience in their chosen trade and collect the relevant evidence for their qualification. The apprentice must be supervised at all times.

How often do the apprentices attend college?

College attendance will depend on the course and the college delivering the course. For example, apprentices in trades such as carpentry, bricklaying, painting and decorating tend to study one or two days per week. For other trades, for example roofing, it is likely to be block release where the apprentice will be away at college for a number of weeks at a time. You will still be invoiced when an apprentice attends college.

How is the apprentice paid?

The apprentice is paid by Shared Apprenticeships. Each week the apprentice must submit a timesheet to Shared Apprenticeships that has been authorised by their supervisor. The apprentice is paid every 4 weeks.

How am I invoiced for the apprentice?

You will be invoiced on a 4 weekly basis with payment terms of 14 days. For trade apprentices you will be charged when the apprentice is on site or at college. You will not be charged if the apprentice is on annual leave or off sick.  For technical apprentices you will be charged when the apprentice is on site, at college or on annual leave.  You will not be charged if the apprentice is off sick.

Will the apprentice be site ready?

The apprentice will come to you on day one with proof that they have passed their CSCS test or their CSCS card, PPE, in the form of hard hat, hi-vis vest, gloves, eye protection and boots and a basic tool kit (as required). They will have completed an induction with Shared Apprenticeships and CITB.

If you are interested and would like to discuss further how you can support a young person in their career in the Construction Industry please contact John McColl: or phone: 07808 699375.