An apprenticeship gives young people the opportunity to study for a skill based qualification whilst being in the workplace.

Apprenticeships are a way for young people (16-24) to continue to learn while they are working and gain National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)These qualifications are recognised by all UK employers.

Apprentices learn through both on and off-the-job education and training to build up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money at the same time. The employer will pay your wages and give on-the-job training. You will also spend time with a learning provider studying key skills, team working, communication, IT, numeric skills and problem-solving.

An Apprenticeship offers NVQ Level 2 plus Key Skills and a Technical Certificate, and progression to an Advanced Apprenticeship. It lasts between 1 and 2 years.

An Advanced Apprenticeship offers NVQ Level 3 plus Key Skills and a Technical Certificate. It will last between 2 and 3 years. It is a recognised route into higher education.


The Masons’ Company Apprentice Support Scheme

This scheme aims to support an apprentice employed by an approved Cathedral Masons’ Yard or other appropriate public institutions and other charitable bodies which train masons. The organisation will need to have an agreed training programme for the apprentice throughout the formal training period, normally three years, during which time the apprentice will be supported financially through payments to the cathedral.

Organisations will need to have, or be prepared to put, in place a formal training programme for their apprentices and ideally such an apprentice will be additional to their normal intake.

It is recommended that any organisation supported has a ‘Statement of Intent’ regarding its apprenticeship scheme which includes the right mix of work to assist in training an apprentice and ideally be in a position to offer the apprentice adequate work once they have served their initial three years.

As part of its involvement the Company will use its connections with commercial stone companies to establish an exchange programme enabling apprentices to gain useful experience of working in both sectors and experiencing the different demands of their respective employers.

Apprentices are being supported, or have been supported, at Canterbury, Salisbury, Winchester and Gloucester cathedrals and will offer apprenticeships at other cathedrals within the Cathedral Workshop Fellowship.