Adult Apprenticeships


SBATC registers experienced or 'Adult' apprentices in the niine traditional craft occupations at SCQF Level 6 (SVQ3);

  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Bricklaying
  • Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Stonemasonry
  • Decorative Floorlaying
  • Roof Slating and Tiling
  • Wood Machining
  • Plastering  

Adult apprentices must complete a reduced time served period of two years (in comparison to the four year traditional craft apprentice route).  

Adult apprentices undertake the same training programme as traditional craft apprentices, attending college for around 19 weeks in first year and approximately 11 weeks in 2nd year.

Adult Apprentices must also complete a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the work and learning that has occurred in the workplace. In the final six months of the apprenticeship, Adult apprentices must pass a 'skills test' to verify that they can operate at the necessary standard required by the industry.  

Throughout the duration of the apprenticeship both the apprentice and the employer are bound by the SBATC collectively bargained terms and conditions of apprenticeship which include provisions for matters such as pay, working hours, overtime and holidays. Adult apprentices receive a higher rate of pay in comparison to the traditional four year craft apprentices.

To become eligible to undertake the Adult apprenticeship, candidates must be 22 years of age at the outset of the apprenticeship and have a level of prior experience in the construction industry such as working as a Labourer.