How the Apprenticeship Scheme is structured

The programme has been designed to take a company employee, who is beginning their career in damp and timber treatment, through the award of the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 2 Diploma in ‘Insulation and Building Treatments (Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing)’.

  • The programme takes 18 months to complete
  • Delivered through a mix of formal classroom based training, supervised employer led on-the-job training and on-site NVQ assessment by an external assessor
  • 21 days formal teaching in total held in 4 day blocks at regular intervals within the first 12 months
  • Formal teaching days take place at the PCA’s dedicated practical training venue in Huntingdon*
  • During the remaining 6 months the apprentices will continue with their learning on the job, gaining in experience until the final assessment period

The supervision element of the workplace based training will be conducted by a competent person and each apprentice will have a candidate record book to complete.  All components of the training have been identified and documented so as to provide a concise and comprehensive syllabus of the knowledge and skill level required.

Download the Apprenticeship Manual


What is required of employers

  • Your apprentice MUST be directly employed by you (labour-only sub-contractors and agency staff are not supported by the CITB grant)
  • You must be able to offer the range of work experience necessary to comply with NVQ work-based evidence requirements
  • You must ensure that your apprentice has access to support and guidance throughout the course of the apprenticeship
  • You must nominate a suitably experience supervisor/mentor to work with the apprentice
  • You must provide tools and protective clothing as required
  • The Apprentice will be expected to receive an appropriate wage – for example under the Building Trades Joint Council rule agreement – although the level of wage paid lies solely between the employer and the apprentice. For further information contact the National Minimum Wage Helpline on 0800 917 2368 or go to the website


Benefits for Employers Benefits for Apprentices Apprenticeship Scheme Fees