Apprenticeship FAQ

How does an apprenticeship work?

An apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain a qualification whilst doing a real job. As an apprentice you study towards a recognised qualification whilst learning invaluable skills and knowledge, working alongside job experts. We offer apprenticeships in construction and office-based roles, check out what our apprentices have to say about working for WDH.

Who are apprenticeships for?

The requirements for being an apprentice are:

  • Aged 16 or over.
  • Living in England.
  • Not in full-time education

No. There is no age limit if you are over 16 years age This is an opportunity for those looking to change their careers or looking for a new one through various job roles available.

Are apprenticeships mainly for men?

No. WDH is committed to having a diverse workforce open to all. We are especially interested in applications from women to join our construction teams. As an apprentice, team work, communication and literacy are some of the key skills needed in all the roles advertised.

Construction apprenticeships are not just for the physically strong. We follow the Health and Safety policy where we aim to deliver the projects safely. We do that by avoiding risks and adapting the work to the individual.

How much do I get paid?

In the first year of your apprenticeship you will receive above £4 an hour, which exceeds the national minimum wage. This will increase each year of your apprenticeship.

Where will I be working?

WDH operates across the Wakefield district and our head office is based in Castleford. As a construction apprentice you will travel across the region with our engineers helping our customers in their homes. As an office apprentice you will be based at one of our offices, supporting our teams to deliver great customer service.

What happens after my apprenticeship?

Full time positions are offered after successful completion of an end of programme assessment and consideration of performance throughout your apprenticeship. Our apprentices are important to us, they help shape the future of WDH, which is why over 95% of apprentices stay with us after their apprenticeship…something we are very proud of!

Are there any entry requirements?

For construction apprenticeships we ask for up to five GCSE’s (or equivalent) grades 4-9/ A-C, in Maths, English and for some trades, Science. These can be achieved or predicted grades.

For our office apprenticeships we ask for two GCSE’s (or equivalent) grades 4-9/ A-C in Maths and English. These can be achieved or predicted grades.

Make sure you check the requirements on the job description.

What training do I get?

As a construction apprentice, you can expect to attend college for the duration of your apprenticeship. This will usually be once a week or on a block week basis. Alongside college you will receive continual ‘on the job’ training from a mentor. There are also opportunities to develop your skills through other WDH training programmes.

As an office apprentice, you will not attend college as your qualification is entirely completed in work. You will receive support and guidance from an assessor who will visit you in work to review and assess progress. Alongside this, you will receive continual support from your manager and the opportunity to develop your skills through other WDH training programmes.

How can I apply?

You need to fill out an application form to apply for one of our apprenticeships. Make sure you have read through our guidance notes.

Our construction apprenticeship roles are advertised in February/March yearly with interviews taking place in May time. Our office apprenticeship roles can be advertised at any point throughout the year.Make sure to check the closing date of the vacancies so you don’t miss out!