Canal & River Trust

  • Apprentice - Construction / Heritage Construction

    Job Locations UK-Cheshire-Crewe | UK-Stoke on Trent
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  • Job Purpose

    The Canal & River Trust is among the UK’s biggest charities, looking after 2,000 miles of canals, rivers docks and reservoirs; together with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings.

    As we look to recruit 10 Apprentices across England & Wales in 2018, we have 3 Apprenticeship opportunities available in the Cheshire area - 2 at our Red Bull towpath office location & 1 at our Calverley Depot -  a work location on our waterways steeped in history.  It is here that you will develop your craft skill set whilst gaining valuable experience on the job, surrounded by experts and helping us to deliver our exciting plans for the future.  As an Apprentice at the Canal & River Trust, you will be working in a truly unique environment with other staff and volunteers, developing your skills and gaining valuable experience.   

    Our Apprenticeship programme provides a great opportunity for you to enjoy and develop your craft skills here at the Trust.  We recognise the need to ensure that traditional canal related skills are secured for the future and believe that Specialist heritage craft skills are unique and rewarding to have & to be able to turn to along side more modern techniques and methods.


    Apprenticeship vacancies will be open until end of May 2017, but may be withdrawn at anytime.  Do not delay, read through the rest of the information below, and submit your application.  We will meet with Applicants throughout April & May. 

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

    About the role 


    We want you to succeed & progress - We are fully committed to support all of our apprentices during their training. We truly value their contribution to the Trust, and plan our recruitment to match to progression opportunities. Once the apprenticeship is completed and your work on site is to a satisfactory level, we aim to offer ongoing permanent employment opportunities with us.


    We offer high quality Apprenticeship training - We are pleased to be partnered with The Building Craft College, based in Stratford, London. The Building Crafts College has a well-earned reputation as a Centre of Excellence in traditional building crafts and building conservation. They offer both craft and technical education at the highest level to all of their students. As a Trust apprentice, you will complete your apprenticeship training with both on and off-the-job training, with regular attendance (block release) at college. All travel and accommodation costs are paid for by us. What apprenticeship will I be doing?  What apprenticeship will I be doing? 


    Unique opportunities  - whilst on-the-job you will work with supportive work buddy’s and our Direct Services Apprentices Supervisor. We regularly arrange placements for you to build your portfolio, as well as opportunities to work on projects. No two days are the same!


    Inclusive and supportive employer - Our aim is, at all times, to care for our people, and earn the confidence, trust and advocacy of our customers, partners, and those in the communities in which we work. We pride ourselves on, and are committed to, a workplace that reflects our values, embraces diversity, and enhances our reputation as a responsible and trusted custodian of the waterways in our care. What to find out more about us, please watch the short video Who are we?


    As an Apprentice at the Canal & River Trust you will:

    • Promote a safe and inviting customer experience on the waterways.
    • Deliver the waterway works programme in order to enhance and improve the local environment.
    • Support the Canal & River Trust’s aims to improve safety and increase the number of people using the waterways whilst protecting the heritage and environment of our canal’s, rivers and docks.
    • undertake work both indoors and outside across our unique and varied waterway networks to ensure that our customer experience is always a positive one.  You will be providing excellent levels of customer service in every interaction and promote Canal & River Trust by maintaining a professional approach at all times.
    • Supporting the delivery and coordination of our volunteer activity program within the waterway. Look to maximise the experiences of anyone who wants to engage with us and support different volunteer groups to achieve the same.
    • Develop as an ambassador for the Canal and River Trust learning key communication skills gaining confidence to share our ambitions with the wider public.
    • Learn key maintenance skills to help deliver practical tasks and events repairing defects around the canal network


    About you


    Your Values - Our work to bring waterways to life is ongoing, the future holds boundless possibilities and we need to have the right people in place to ensure our canals and rivers continue to enrich local communities and make lives better. We look for candidates who live and breathe our values; Caring, Open, Local, Involvement and Excellence. You can read more about what this means [Here - insert link]. We offer lots of support and guidance to help you achieve, however it is also very important that you take ownership of your apprenticeship, to make it the best experience.


    Your Qualifications - In order to ensure that we recruit the right candidates for these roles, you must have already achieved at least a level 2 apprenticeship or college course in a relevant construction trade. This includes trowel occupations, bricklaying or craft masonry. If you have not already achieved your functional skills (Maths and English) you can complete these alongside your apprenticeship.


    What We Offer

    In addition to your Apprenticeship salary progression, we have many other valuable benefits available to employees.  In addition to those you will have a wonderful opportunity as a Trust Apprentice to;

    • Learn some pretty unique skills and build your own specialist technical toolkit for the future
    • Learn from some of the best specialists around

      Read more about our commitment to Diversity Here and our employee benefits here


    To Apply:

    Click Apply. Complete your Applicant Profile and ensure that you complete our Application Form (required). You are not required to submit a CV, but you must submit an Application Form.   Top Tip - Only complete work experience section of application form if you have any.  Please make sure you complete the Personal Statement section of our application form & explain why you would like to work at the Canal & River Trust.




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