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What types of apprenticeships does BESA Training offer?

We offer a range of apprenticeships at Level 2 and Level 3 within the building services industry. Specific details of the apprenticeships we offer are on our Apprenticeships page.

Scotland: We offer a range of Level 3 apprenticeships within the building services industry. Specific details of the apprenticeships we offer are on our Apprenticeships page.

How old do I need to be to do an apprenticeship?

You need to be at least 16 years old to do an apprenticeship. There is no upper age limit but if you’re over 19 your employer may have to contribute towards your training costs, as different levels of funding are available to different age ranges.

Wales: We currently fully fund apprenticeships for 16 to 24 year olds.

What are the entry requirements for apprenticeship training?

Entry requirements vary, depending on the type of apprenticeship you’re applying for. As a guide for those offered through BESA Training:

  • Craft apprenticeships – minimum Grade C in English and Maths, plus Grade D or above in a science or technical based subject
  • Student engineers – minimum Grade C in English, Maths and Science, plus one other subject.

You can see specific entry requirements for each apprenticeship we offer on our Apprenticeships page

Scotland: The minimum requirement is a Standard Grade 4 or above preferably in English, Maths, Science or Physics and a technical subject, or the equivalent in National Qualifications.

Wales: For craft apprenticeships, the minimum is Grade C in English and Maths, plus Grade D or above in a science or technical based subject.

Are there any assessments or tests I need to pass before I start my training?

Yes, you will need to undertake an online assessment.

Scotland: Yes, you will be invited into a college, office or an employer’s premises to undertake our assessment.

Wales: Yes, you will undertake WEST Initial Assessments for Application of Number, Communication and Digital Literacy. These will be hosted by one of our Training Managers at Cardiff and Vale College.

How long will the training take and when will I become qualified?

For Level 2 qualifications, an apprenticeship takes two years to complete, with progression onto a Level 3 after a further two years. Level 3 electrical or engineering apprenticeships typically take four years.

Scotland: Our apprenticeships take three or four years, depending on the framework being undertaken.

Is training on site or at college and how much time is spent where?

You will receive a mixture of training on the job (on site) and off the job (at your local college or training centre). The amount you’ll spend on and off-site varies on the apprenticeship you’re undertaking. In some cases you might go to college one day a week, in others you will have block release.

Scotland: You will receive a mixture of training on the job (on site) and off the job (at your local college or training centre). All our apprenticeships are block release to college and, depending on which apprenticeship you’re doing, blocks can range from one to four weeks.

How much can I expect to be paid while training?

You will be paid at least the Government’s minimum apprentice wage rate (currently £3.30 per hour) but your employer may pay you a higher rate. This is at their discretion and varies individually. Your employer will be expected to pay you whilst attending college, so you will earn a full week’s wage.

Read more on the Government's website.

How much can I earn when I am qualified?

This will very much depend on the job you go into, the employer you work for and the region you’re based. But apprentices usually go on to have well-paid jobs and successful careers in the industry they have trained for.

I already have an employer, or know someone who is interested in recruiting me. Can I still apply?

Yes, that’s great. You will need to tell us about your current or future employer on the application form for your apprenticeship. [Hyperlink to form?]

How is my training funded?

The Government funds apprenticeships for those aged 16-19 years. Over 19, employer contributions may also be needed but that depends on the apprenticeship.

Wales: We currently fully fund apprenticeships for 16 to 24 year olds, through the Quality Skills Alliance. This is funding from the Welsh Government with a top up from the European Social Fund.

Will it cost me any money?

No, you will not pay for your apprenticeship training. The Government and/or your employer funds it, depending on your age (see How is my training funded?).

Will I have a guaranteed job at the end of it?

You are an employee from the start of your apprenticeship programme until you achieve your qualifications. Whether you can stay on with your employer once you have qualified depends on the individual employer. In many cases, apprentices do stay on and move into other roles within the company.

What are the long term career prospects?

Building services engineering apprenticeships offer excellent career opportunities once you are qualified. You may go on to work on big construction projects like Heathrow or HS2; you might be based on site or move into an office-based or management role. You may also decide to teach, work abroad or even run your own company.

Is an apprenticeship a serious alternative to university?

Yes, apprenticeship training is funded so you don’t have to pay hefty tuition fees, unlike if you go to university. You earn while you learn, undertaking recognised industry qualifications and gaining valuable experience and skills at the same time. An apprenticeship enhances your future career prospects and can often put you ahead of university graduates because you’ve gained vital experience at the same time as training.

What role does BESA Training play?

We are a training provider who monitors and manages your apprenticeship journey from initial assessment through to you achieving your qualifications.

Scotland: Will BESA Training find me an apprenticeship?

We cannot guarantee to find you a position but we will give your details to employers who are looking for an apprentice in your area. They may decide to contact you directly for an interview, so you should always ensure that we have your current contact details.

Scotland: Do I need to have a job?

Yes, all Modern Apprentices must be employed from the start of their apprenticeship. You cannot be self-employed.

Scotland: Where will I go to college?

It depends on the course your employer requires you to attend and where you live. In some cases you may be required to stay away from home during the college block.

How do I apply?

Applying for an apprenticeship in England (and Wales) through our secure online application form and assessment. 

If you are in Scotland simply download and complete our application form - we will then be in touch with you for the next application steps. 

What is an induction and what will it involve?

Once you have become an approved BESA Training applicant you will need to do an induction. Most places of work and study ask for people to attend an induction so they get an overview of the company and their health & safety procedures including fire exits, fill out any relevant paperwork and be shown around the premises and introduced to staff.

As part of your BESA Training induction you will be provided with an individual workbook covering topics such as Health & Safety, Wellbeing, Safeguarding, Employment Rights and Responsibilities. You will be given an overview presentation of the Apprenticeship Programme & Building Engineering Services industry and a SKILLcard.

What is a SKILLcard?

Many construction and site managers request that their workers hold a SKILLcard before coming on site. Engineering Services SKILLcard aims to provide you with the following benefits:      

  • access to many construction sites
  • industry-wide recognition of your skills, competence and qualifications  
  • improving your knowledge and awareness of workplace health and safety
  • enhancing your employment prospects
  • identifying your training needs, and the chance to develop and add to existing skills
  • confirmation of your professionalism - and differentiation from the industry 'cowboys'

As an apprentice you will receive a red trainee SKILLcard. BESA Training will complete the application on your behalf.

For further information about SKILLcard click here.

Where will my induction take place?

Your induction will either take place at your college/training centre or workplace.

What will I need to take with me for my first week at work?

Starting your first week in a new job can be daunting so be prepared by taking with you your

  • job contract
  • bank details 
  • tax code

You may need some form of ID so take along your driver's license or passport. 

 

What are SMART progress reviews?

SMART means Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time Bound.

A representative from BESA Training will conduct SMART progress reviews throughout your apprenticeship. They will take place at a minimum of every 12 weeks. These will be a combination of on-the-job reviews on-site and off the job reviews whilst at college. 

What are Toolbox Talks?

Toolbox talks will be provided throughout your aprenticeship on a variety of topics, such as Health & Safety, Safeguarding and Wellbeing.

What are apprenticeship Trailblazers?

Apprenticeship Trailblazers are a group of employers developing apprenticeship standards specific to job roles in their sector. The standards they create will either be completely new for job roles that have never had an apprenticeship programme before or will gradually replace existing apprenticeships frameworks for job roles.

BESA Training currently assists Employer Work Groups on 12 Trailblazers ensuring standards are specifically created for the building engineering services sector.

How much will an apprenticeship cost me?

It will cost you nothing. Your son or daughter will earn a wage from day one. The Government and/or their employer funds it, depending on their age (see How is their training funded?).

How is their training funded?

The Government funds apprenticeships for those aged 16-19 years. Over 19, employer contributions may also be needed but that depends on the apprenticeship.

Wales: We currently fully fund apprenticeships for 16 to 24 year olds, through the Quality Skills Alliance. This is funding from the Welsh Government with a top up from the European Social Fund.

What skills and qualifications are required for an apprenticeship?

Entry requirements vary, depending on the type of apprenticeship you’re applying for. As a guide for those offered through BESA Training:

Craft apprenticeships – minimum Grade C in English and Maths, plus Grade D or above in a science or technical based subject

Student engineers – minimum Grade C in English, Maths and Science, plus one other subject.

You can see specific entry requirements for each apprenticeship we offer on our Apprenticeships page

Scotland: The minimum requirement is a Standard Grade 4 or above preferably in English, Maths, Science or Physics and a technical subject, or the equivalent in National Qualifications.

Wales: For craft apprenticeships, the minimum is Grade C in English and Maths, plus Grade D or above in a science or technical based subject.

What support will my son or daughter receive?

BESA Training will monitor and manage their apprenticeship journey from initial assessment through to them achieving their qualifications.

How much will they be paid whilst training?

They will be paid at least the Government’s minimum apprentice wage rate (currently £3.30 per hour) but their employer may pay them a higher rate. This is at their discretion and varies individually. Their employer will be expected to pay them whilst attending college, so they will earn a full week’s wage.

Read more on the Government's website.

Is an apprenticeship a serious alternative to University?

Yes, apprenticeship training is funded so they don’t have to pay hefty tuition fees, unlike if they go to university. They earn while they learn, undertaking recognised industry qualifications and gaining valuable experience and skills at the same time. An apprenticeship enhances their future career prospects and can often put them ahead of university graduates because they’ve gained vital experience at the same time as training.

What are the long term career prospects?

Building services engineering apprenticeships offer excellent career opportunities once they are qualified. They may go on to work on big construction projects like Heathrow or HS2; they might be based on site or move into an office-based or management role. They may also decide to teach, work abroad or even run their own company.

How long will the training take and when will they be qualified?

For Level 2 qualifications, an apprenticeship takes two years to complete, with progression onto a Level 3 after a further two years. Level 3 electrical or engineering apprenticeships typically take four years.

Scotland: Our apprenticeships take three or four years, depending on the framework being undertaken.

Asbestos Awareness Course

How long does the training course last?

The asbestos course is a half-day course.

What time is the course?

As this is a half-day course, it will either be in the morning or the afternoon.

Are there any formal entry requirements?

No, there are no formal entry requirements but a good standard of English is needed.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the training session?

Please bring a pen and paper or notepad with you.

Do I need to do any reading or preparation before attending the course?

No, there’s no reading, research or other preparation required from you before you attend the course.

Do you provide these courses throughout the UK?

Yes, we provide training at a number of suitable venues throughout the UK. We can also come to you if you have suitable facilities onsite (see below).

How much does the course cost?

For BESA Members, the course costs £50 + VAT per person. For non-members it costs £65 + VAT per person.

Does the course cost include VAT?

No, all course costs listed do not include VAT. This will be charged at the standard rate.

Do you offer a discount to members for short courses?

Yes, please refer to the prices above for this course.

Does the cost include all course content and materials?

Yes, all course content, materials and certification are included in the cost.

Will I receive a certificate?

Yes, all delegates will receive a certificate on completion of the course.

How soon will the certificate be issued?

Your certificate will be issued within 2-4 weeks of you completing the course.

Is it a recognised certificate?

Yes, you will be issued with a UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) accredited certificate.

Will I have to take an exam?

Yes, there is a multiple choice question paper at the end of the course.

What happens if I fail the exam?

You will have the opportunity to retake it.

How many people will be on the training course?

There will be a maximum of 15 on each course.

Can the course be delivered at our site?

Yes, we can come to your site if you have the facilities to host a course. Please contact julie.traynor@thebesa.com for more information about running an onsite course for you.

Are lunch and refreshments provided?

Refreshments are included in the course cost but as it is a half day course, lunch will not be provided.

Who can I contact for more information or if my query is not listed?

Please email julie.traynor@thebesa.com for more information.

Health and Safety

How long does the training course last?

This is a one-day course.

What time is the course?

The course takes place from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Are there any formal entry requirements?

No, there are no formal entry requirements but a good standard of English is needed.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the training session?

Please bring a pen and paper or notepad with you, along with your National Insurance number and your SKILLcard or CITB card if you have one.

Do I need to do any reading or preparation before attending the course?

No, there’s no reading, research or other preparation required from you before you attend the course.

Do you provide these courses throughout the UK?

Yes, we provide training at a number of suitable venues throughout the UK. We can also come to you if you have suitable facilities on site (see below).

How much does the course cost?

For BESA Members, the course costs £122 + VAT per person. For non-members it costs £134 + VAT per person.

Does the course cost include VAT?

No, all course costs listed do not include VAT. This will be charged at the standard rate.

Do you offer a discount to members for short courses?

Yes, please refer to the prices above for this course.

Does the cost include all course content and materials?

Yes, all course content, materials and certification are included in the cost.

Will I receive a certificate?

Yes, all delegates will receive a certificate on completion of the course.

How soon will the certificate be issued?

Your certificate will be issued within 2-4 weeks of you completing the course.

Is it a recognised certificate?

Yes, you will be issued with a CITB accredited certificate.

Will I have to take an exam?

Yes, there is a multiple choice question paper at the end of the course.

What happens if I fail the exam?

You will have the opportunity to retake it.

How many people will be on the training course?

There will be between 6 and 20 people on each course.

Can the course be delivered at our site?

Yes, we can come to your site if you have the facilities to host a course. Please contact julie.traynor@thebesa.com for more information about running an on-site course for you.

Are lunch and refreshments provided?

Yes, refreshments and lunch are included in the course cost.

Who can I contact for more information or if my query is not listed?

Please email julie.traynor@thebesa.com for more information.

Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme

How long does the training course last?

This is a two-day course.

What time is the course?

The course takes place from 9.00am to 5.00pm on both days.

Are there any formal entry requirements?

No, there are no formal entry requirements but a good standard of English is needed.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the training session?

Please bring a pen and paper or notepad with you, along with your National Insurance number and your SKILLcard or CITB card if you have one.

Do I need to do any reading or preparation before attending the course?

No, there’s no reading, research or other preparation required from you before you attend the course.

Do you provide these courses throughout the UK?

Yes, we provide training at a number of suitable venues throughout the UK. We can also come to you if you have suitable facilities on site (see below).

How much does the course cost?

For BESA Members, the course costs £237 + VAT per person. For non-members it costs £260 + VAT per person.

Does the course cost include VAT?

No, all course costs listed do not include VAT. This will be charged at the standard rate.

Do you offer a discount to members for short courses?

Yes, please refer to the prices above for this course.

Does the cost include all course content and materials?

Yes, all course content, materials and certification are included in the cost.

Will I receive a certificate?

Yes, all delegates will receive a certificate on completion of the course.

How soon will the certificate be issued?

Your certificate will be issued within 2-4 weeks of you completing the course.

Is it a recognised certificate?

Yes, you will be issued with a CITB accredited certificate.

Will I have to take an exam?

Yes, there is a multiple choice question paper at the end of the course.

What happens if I fail the exam?

You will have the opportunity to retake it.

How many people will be on the training course?

There will be between 6 and 20 people on each course.

Can the course be delivered at our site?

Yes, we can come to your site if you have the facilities to host a course. Please contact julie.traynor@thebesa.com for more information about running an on-site course for you.

Are lunch and refreshments provided?

Yes, refreshments and lunch are included in the course cost.

Who can I contact for more information or if my query is not listed?

Please email julie.traynor@thebesa.com for more information.

Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme Refresher

How long does the training course last?

This is a one-day course.

What time is the course?

The course takes place from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Are there any formal entry requirements?

No, there are no formal entry requirements but a good standard of English is needed.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the training session?

Please bring a pen and paper or notepad with you, along with your National Insurance number and your SKILLcard or CITB card if you have one.

Do I need to do any reading or preparation before attending the course?

No, there’s no reading, research or other preparation required from you before you attend the course.

Do you provide these courses throughout the UK?

Yes, we provide training at a number of suitable venues throughout the UK. We can also come to you if you have suitable facilities on site (see below).

How much does the course cost?

For BESA Members, the course costs £175 + VAT per person. For non-members it costs £192 + VAT per person.

Does the course cost include VAT?

No, all course costs listed do not include VAT. This will be charged at the standard rate.

Do you offer a discount to members for short courses?

Yes, please refer to the prices above for this course.

Does the cost include all course content and materials?

Yes, all course content, materials and certification are included in the cost.

Will I receive a certificate?

Yes, all delegates will receive a certificate on completion of the course.

How soon will the certificate be issued?

Your certificate will be issued within 2-4 weeks of you completing the course.

Is it a recognised certificate?

Yes, you will be issued with a CITB accredited certificate.

Will I have to take an exam?

Yes, there is a multiple choice question paper at the end of the course.

What happens if I fail the exam?

You will have the opportunity to retake it.

How many people will be on the training course?

There will be between 6 and 20 people on each course.

Can the course be delivered at our site?

Yes, we can come to your site if you have the facilities to host a course. Please contact julie.traynor@thebesa.com for more information about running an on-site course for you.

Are lunch and refreshments provided?

Yes, refreshments and lunch are included in the course cost.

Who can I contact for more information or if my query is not listed?

Please email julie.traynor@thebesa.com for more information.

Site Management Safety Training Scheme

How long does the training course last?

This is a five-day course.

What time is the course?

The course takes place from 9.00am to 5.00pm on each day.

Are there any formal entry requirements?

No, there are no formal entry requirements but a good standard of English is needed.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the training session?

Please bring a pen and paper or notepad with you, along with your National Insurance number and your SKILLcard or CITB card if you have one.

Do I need to do any reading or preparation before attending the course?

No, there’s no reading, research or other preparation required from you before you attend the course.

Do you provide these courses throughout the UK?

Yes, we provide training at a number of suitable venues throughout the UK. We can also come to you if you have suitable facilities on site (see below).

How much does the course cost?

For BESA Members, the course costs £560 + VAT per person. For non-members it costs £616 + VAT per person.

Does the course cost include VAT?

No, all course costs listed do not include VAT. This will be charged at the standard rate.

Do you offer a discount to members for short courses?

Yes, please refer to the prices above for this course.

Does the cost include all course content and materials?

Yes, all course content, materials and certification are included in the cost.

Will I receive a certificate?

Yes, all delegates will receive a certificate on completion of the course.

How soon will the certificate be issued?

Your certificate will be issued within 2-4 weeks of you completing the course.

Is it a recognised certificate?

Yes, you will be issued with a CITB accredited certificate.

Will I have to take an exam?

Yes, there is a multiple choice question paper at the end of the course.

What happens if I fail the exam?

You will have the opportunity to retake it.

How many people will be on the training course?

There will be between 6 and 20 people on each course.

Can the course be delivered at our site?

Yes, we can come to your site if you have the facilities to host a course. Please contact julie.traynor@thebesa.com for more information about running an on-site course for you.

Are lunch and refreshments provided?

Yes, refreshments and lunch are included in the course cost.

Who can I contact for more information or if my query is not listed?

Please email julie.traynor@thebesa.com for more information.

Site Management Safety Training Scheme Refresher

How long does the training course last?

This is a two-day course.

What time is the course?

The course takes place from 9.00am to 5.00pm on each day.

Are there any formal entry requirements?

No, there are no formal entry requirements but a good standard of English is needed.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the training session?

Please bring a pen and paper or notepad with you, along with your National Insurance number and your SKILLcard or CITB card if you have one.

Do I need to do any reading or preparation before attending the course?

No, there’s no reading, research or other preparation required from you before you attend the course.

Do you provide these courses throughout the UK?

Yes, we provide training at a number of suitable venues throughout the UK. We can also come to you if you have suitable facilities on site (see below).

How much does the course cost?

For BESA Members, the course costs £560 + VAT per person. For non-members it costs £616 + VAT per person.

Does the course cost include VAT?

No, all course costs listed do not include VAT. This will be charged at the standard rate.

Do you offer a discount to members for short courses?

Yes, please refer to the prices above for this course.

Does the cost include all course content and materials?

Yes, all course content, materials and certification are included in the cost.

Will I receive a certificate?

Yes, all delegates will receive a certificate on completion of the course.

How soon will the certificate be issued?

Your certificate will be issued within 2-4 weeks of you completing the course.

Is it a recognised certificate?

Yes, you will be issued with a CITB accredited certificate.

Will I have to take an exam?

Yes, there is a multiple choice question paper at the end of the course.

What happens if I fail the exam?

You will have the opportunity to retake it.

How many people will be on the training course?

There will be between 6 and 20 people on each course.

Can the course be delivered at our site?

Yes, we can come to your site if you have the facilities to host a course. Please contact julie.traynor@thebesa.com for more information about running an on-site course for you.

Are lunch and refreshments provided?

Yes, refreshments and lunch are included in the course cost.

Who can I contact for more information or if my query is not listed?

Please email julie.traynor@thebesa.com for more information.

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