Construction Apprenticeships: Benefits

An apprenticeship in construction offers a great opportunity for learners to kick start their career in the construction industry, offering a wide variety of exciting career opportunities and progression routes. Meaning employers benefit from a new motivated member of staff who is willing to develop and grow within their business.

We continue to receive great feedback from employers and learners, proving construction apprenticeships can have a positive impact on both businesses and the careers of apprentices.


JN Bentley

“Apprenticeships work for JN Bentley because they’re enabling us to bring people into and up through the business.

They’re practical and hands-on and give our mentors chance to develop their skills too.”


BAM Nuttall

“BAM Nuttall have a good history of employing and supporting apprentices in their organisation. This has helped the company enormously in terms of attracting and retaining a diverse range of talent in the business. As a civil engineering company, we employ apprentices in a variety of roles from Technical Engineers to IT and Business Administration."

James - Apprentice Engineer (JN Bentley)

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I have been with JN Bentley for 7 months and I’m thoroughly enjoying my time here. Prior to me starting my apprenticeship at JN Bentley I was completing another apprenticeship with a different company. I left my old apprenticeship as the company didn’t seem to support me a lot but at JN Bentley everyone supports me on my journey, from my managers to my colleagues.

I applied for an apprenticeship because I never enjoyed going to school/college, so for this reason I didn’t think university is the right place for me. To be able to learn and work at the same time is the perfect way for me to progress within the trade. I would advise anyone who is in the same situation that I was in to start an apprenticeship.

I have learnt a lot since I started my apprenticeship with JN Bentley from things as simple as mixing mortar to how to lay pipes. My duties at JN Bentley are different every day so the work doesn’t get tedious or boring and I enjoy starting every day to find out what new task I need to learn. Everything I learn is taught to me by the people I work with, my colleagues are very supportive and willing to help me learn.

The site I work on is Gouthwaite reservoir which is only 30 minutes from where I live. Travelling to and from site is no problem for me and if there is problem JN Bentley will support me as much as they can. The team I work with consists of six skilled Operatives, two Engineers, a Foreman, a Site Manager and myself. The team gets on very well and will help anyone who needs it.

My future goal with JN Bentley would be to progress into an Engineer and then possibly a Site Manager.

My future goal with my course would be to progress into Level 6 in Civil Engineering which would be supported all the way by JN Bentley.

Dave - Works Manager (JN Bentley)

“I would just like to take the opportunity to pass back a few words on James our first year apprentice at Gouthwaite as the contract is drawing to an end.

I’d like to say what a pleasure it has been to have James as part of the team on-site, he has developed greatly in his short time on his first contract. James participates greatly during morning briefings and is never afraid to speak up. He has a fantastic attitude towards health and safety and regularly reports near misses.

He is never afraid to ask questions on how or why we do things which I feel shows a great maturity above his years. It it extremely refreshing to have a young operative with such a positive attitude and keenness to learn, as too many people now a days have a very negative attitude in the work place. No matter what task James is asked to do he never complains, answers back or cheeks - he just gets on with it.

Having spoke to James on many occasions I know he doesn’t intend on just finishing his apprenticeship and becoming another number. He says he has a keen interest in getting into engineering, again showing an upward step.”

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Jaden, Site Engineer

“At the age of 17 I began my apprenticeship journey. Now 21 I have achieved all my necessary qualifications required for an engineer. The best part of being on this programme is that you get to work with exceptional people who are highly experienced and can teach you a lot.

Being in an apprenticeship gives you that opportunity to start learning the basics of the job from the very start.”


Joseph, Apprentice Site Engineer

“The wonderful thing about this industry and with the route of an apprenticeship, is that you get great on-site experience meeting so many people and been a part of many different sites, at the same time as completing your academic work and gaining qualifications.

Buckingham Group are a fantastic company to work for and I wouldn't have it any other way as my progression and knowledge expands a little more each day.”

Take a look at the construction apprenticeships we are currently delivering.