We are CITB’s preferred supplier of shared apprenticeships across South East Wales and work with a number of partners to ensure that we are providing opportunities for young people to develop the necessary skills to support the future of the construction industry. We employ apprentices and rotate them among different contracts to give employers a hassle-free hiring solution.
Why work with us?
Variety of trades
We support a variety of trades, including:
- Painting and decorating
- Quantity surveying
We are always looking to expand the trade routes that we support and may have a new trade in the pipeline. Click here to get in touch to find out more.
Save time, money and resources
Over a three-year period, we save contractors up to £4,500 per an apprentice. We take care of all the traditional costs and resources required that are involved when employing an apprentice, including:
- Recruitment costs and process
- Training requirements, such as CSCS cards
- Provide essential PPE
- Induction process
- Gift a toolkit to the apprentice when they start worth over £200
The only cost to you is the apprentice’s wages, which are:
- £160 per week for a first-year apprentice
- National Minimum Wages for a second-year apprentice
- A weekly hosting fee of £32
We understand that you may not have the work to employ an apprentice in a specific trade for a full two-year period. That’s why we give you the flexibility to choose how long you wish to employ an apprentice for without having to commit to a full two-year term. Placements can be for a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of two years.
Community benefit support
Whether your project requires you to deliver a number of community engagement events or produce several case studies, we have the contacts and resources to be able to collaborate with you to help achieve your targets.
Due to the nature of the shared apprenticeship model, many of our apprentices will come to you having already gained some experience. All of our apprentices are studying towards a diploma or an NVQ level 2 or 3 in their chosen trade, and our relationship with the colleges allows us to ensure they’re learning the skills required to gain their qualification.
With all our new apprentices, we provide extra guidance and support during their first four weeks to ensure they’re settling into their new role as an apprentice.
Raise your profile
We love to shout about what our apprentices are doing, and that includes what you’re doing too! By partnering with us we will feature you on our website, share your successes on our social media channels and include you in relevant press releases. And as CITB’s preferred supplier of apprenticeships across South East Wales, you will also benefit from working with us when tendering for work.
“Y Prentis have provided a first-class service to us and are always happy to help to maintain long term working relationships. They have enabled us to source apprentices on both a short-term and long-term basis to suit our individual needs and timescales. They have provided a high calibre of apprentices which have proved to be a great asset to our business. We have recently employed a past apprentice quantity surveyor, initially sourced by Y Prentis, as a trainee quantity surveyor on full-time basis while also supporting him through his degree.”
Antonia John, Business Development and CSR Manager at Encon Construction
“ISG have worked with Y Prentis for a number of years, providing both shared trade apprentices for our projects and technical apprentices that have become direct ISG trainees after their apprenticeships. They provide us with quality apprentices, fantastic support and source from local colleges. Our trainees continue to thrive with ISG, and we plan to keep using the scheme for the years to come.”
Emma Bull, Framework Manager at ISG
“Y Prentis have been an important part of Linc’s Community Benefits journey particularly supporting us via consultancy to develop our documentation and policy. We have a fantastic developing partnership with Y Prentis. We have regular meetings where we receive support and guidance through the process, they have worked well with our contractor in the past, so I am very much looking forward to what we can achieve together.”
Community Regeneration Manager at Linc Cymru