CoTrain is an industry partnership designed to increase the number of young people completing apprenticeships across the South East.

Part-funded by CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) we offer flexible arrangements that overcome many of the challenges the industry faces when considering the ‘traditional’ apprenticeship route.

CoTrain is a Shared Apprenticeship Scheme. We recruit, employ, and deal with college and qualifications; while on-site training is shared across a number of contractors. If you want or need an apprentice but can’t eat a whole one – we will arrange a ‘share’.

We help local authorities, housing associations, leading contractors and the supply chain to deliver apprenticeships across our region.

The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme is a national initiative co-funded by CITB that has been designed specifically to address some of the challenges faced by the construction sector, when the need to meet training targets and the desire to employ apprentices, conflicts with project lead times, with shorter term contracts/developments unable to support the ‘traditional’ apprenticeship route (typically requiring single employment for 24 months).

Employment and Skills Plans (ESPs) are increasingly becoming a familiar aspect of section 106 planning conditions and public sector frameworks such as the Southern Construction Framework (SCF)  which encourages social value and requires contractors to engage local people in employment and training on developments; and in particular young apprentices, playing a vital role in addressing the skills gaps and helping to bring new talent into the sector.

A shared apprentice can work with a number of contractors who will ‘host’ their apprenticeship placements, and on a number of projects (minimum of 13 weeks per placement) until they complete their training, offering contractors the help they need and only when they need it.

Apprentices should see no difference in their training being a shared apprentice and in fact will benefit from the wide range of professional people they will work with.

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LCEC 2018 Construction Network Breakfast
22 May 2018
The Happenstance, 10 Paternoster Square
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