New manual released to help improve apprenticeships

30 April 2021

We’ve helped shape a new government manual that demonstrates the benefits of taking a flexible approach to apprenticeships in the construction industry.

What are apprenticeships?

Apprentices are employed to do a job whilst also studying for a formal qualification.  Apprenticeships provide a great opportunity to experience the workplace while completing hands-on training – enabling apprentices to put their skills into practice and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

What does this new manual set out to deliver?

Over the years, employers have had greater involvement in their apprenticeship choices, tailoring training models to meet their needs and those of their apprentices, with the construction sector being instrumental in driving this change. In 2020, the Prime Minister committed to building on the success of this model, which has resulted in the release of the new Flexible Apprenticeships in Construction manual. This manual sets out:


  • how the delivery of apprenticeship training can be flexed to meet employer needs; and
  • how the length of an apprenticeship can be reduced where an individual has existing relevant knowledge or skills.

We have been a part of a working group to help shape this manual, discussing the viability and benefits of apprenticeship models as well as sharing how we approach apprenticeships at Guinness.

Our flexible apprenticeship model means that we put apprentices on multiple training courses, providing core trade Level 2 skills (in plastering and joinery and in property maintenance Level 2). This approach ensures that our apprentices, once they’ve completed their training programme, can quickly adapt to the workplace as Multi Trade operatives.

If you’d like to learn more about our apprenticeship programme and the benefits we provide as an employer, visit

Learn more about the ‘Flexible Apprenticeships in Construction’ manual

If you are interested in finding out more about front loading, accelerated apprenticeships or the wider range of delivery models, the manual can be found here or by visiting for more information.