Become an apprentice

We employ apprentices while they work towards their diploma or NVQ in their chosen trade. Our shared apprenticeship model means that apprentices get placed with various contractors throughout their apprenticeship, giving them diverse and extensive experience that will help them develop their CV and establish good relationships with a number of potential employers.

Why become an Y Prentis apprentice?

Earn while you learn

Our apprentices spend four days on site and one day at college, earning while they learn! We pay above the national minimum wage for apprenticeships, with first year apprentices earning £160 per week and second year apprentices earning the national minimum wage for their age group.

All college fees and essential training is paid for by Y Prentis. We also gift monetary bonuses when apprentice’s complete 50% and 100% of their qualification.

A variety of trades

We offer apprenticeships in a variety of trades, including:

  • Bricklaying
  • Plastering
  • Carpentry
  • Painting and decorating
  • Quantity surveying
  • Drylining
  • Groundworks
  • Wall and floor tiling

We are always looking to expand our opportunities and may have a new apprenticeship trade in the pipeline. Click here to get in touch to find out more.

Ongoing support and personal development

As well as a named mentor on site, we have a team of people that are here to support you if you need it. We will ensure you have everything you need before you start on site, including paying for you to do your CSCS test, providing you with all the essential PPE and gifting you a toolkit worth over £200. There are also lots of opportunities to get involved with our Apprentice Advisory Panel and local career events so that you can help shape how the scheme works and inspire the next generation of apprentices.

Secure full-time employment

The shared-apprenticeship approach gives you lots of opportunities to network with a number of contractors, learn different methods of construction and meet potential future employers. 95% of our apprentice’s secure full-time employment once they have got their qualifications, often with somebody they have worked with during their apprenticeship.

I’m interested, how do I apply?

If you’re interested in applying for an apprenticeship with us, click here and fill out an expression of interest form. You will need to email the  form back to enquiries@yprentis.co.uk or post it to us at Y Prentis, Ty’r Felin, Lower Mill Road, Pontypool, NP4 OXJ.

We may not have a suitable opportunity available right away, but if something comes up and we feel you have the right skills and attitude to become an apprentice our Employment Officer will get in touch to arrange an interview.

If you have any difficulties completing the expression of interest form then please call 0800 9753 147 or contact us using our contact form.

You can find out more about the vacancies we have available on our current opportunities page.

What do we look for in an apprentice?

We want to support the next generation of apprentices to be the best that they can possibly. To support this, we have developed the Y Prentis mindset which underpins the behaviour and approach that we expect from our apprentices.

Find out more about our Y Prentis mindset here.