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Structural waterproofing apprenticeship

This specialist apprenticeship is designed for individuals working in the structural waterproofing sector of construction. The aim of the structural waterproofing apprenticeship is to provide both ‘off the job‘ and ‘on-the-job‘ training to give apprentices confidence, specialist knowledge, practical experience and a level of competency acceptable to the sector whilst also rewarding the apprentice with a Level 2 NVQ qualification.

Open to PCA members and non-members alike, it is suitable for individuals with little to no experience, as well as for more experienced staff members looking to gain recognition in the industry with an NVQ qualification.

To find out more, keep scrolling down.  Alternatively, feel free to contact our training team for help, advice or to chat about available funding on 01480 400000 or via our online form.

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The Waterproofing Apprenticeship structure

This structural waterproofing apprenticeship is divided into two main sections and will be delivered over an 18-month period:

The Training

Our Practical Training Centre, which is specifically kitted out for hands-on learning. We also provide the opportunity to visit a number of PCA Manufacturers to receive further practical training. Learners visit us and the manufacturers 5/6 times over the first 12 months totaling 24 days of training. Within this timeframe, we will deliver the below content (see section: ‘what does the apprenticeship cover?‘) through a mixture of theory and practical training.

The Assessment

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, our assigned assessor will contact your company/organisation to start the assessment process and arrange a visit to the candidate. We allocate 6 months for the assessment process to be completed.

What does the waterproofing apprenticeship cover?

Delivered through a mixture of theory and practical training, the content of the waterproofing apprenticeship is listed below:

  • Background to Structural Waterproofing
  • Legislation and Health & Safety at Work
  • Documentation, Drawings, Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS)
  • Site Compliance, Site off Load and Storage & Protection of Materials and Tools
  • Prepare surfaces for (all forms of) structural waterproofing
  • Prepare joints in structures including ‘dry-pack’ underpinned areas and apply primary waterproofing
  • Apply cementitious coatings, multi-coat renders, crystallisation active materials with/without primers
  • Apply liquid, multi-pack, resin & Mastic Asphalt systems with/without primers
  • Install sheet membrane systems with/without primers
  • Install cavity drainage membrane systems, drains, sumps and pumping ancillaries
  • Prepare and Install gas membranes
  • Prepare for and apply concrete

For the complete list of modules for the Structural Waterproofing Apprenticeship, click on the button to view the manual:

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Level 2 NVQ Qualification?

After the successful completion of the training and assessment,  apprentices will be awarded the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 2 Diploma in ‘Sub-Structure Work Occupations (Structural Waterproofing)’.

Apprentices will also be given the opportunity to gain/complete the below, alongside the main NVQ:

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Funding & Fees involved

The total cost of the apprenticeship per candidate is £6,500 +VAT. This includes all training, assessments and certification.

Fully endorsed by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), our structural waterproofing apprenticeship forms part of their Specialist Applied-Skills Programme (SAP) for specialist trades. It is also subject to substantial grant funding, upon meeting certain criteria.

Please contact our Training Team on 01480 400000 for a no-obligation conversation to find out if your candidate is eligible for this available funding…

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Apprenticeship Funding breakdown

CITB will provide a substantial amount of funding (for all those eligible) to support your company.

+ Basic Funding Package:

  • CITB pay the PCA direct at point of induction
    • The PCA will only charge you £2200 +VAT for your space on the apprenticeship at point of registration.
  • As your candidate completes certain elements of the course, the PCA registers this with CITB and CITB will pay your company directly for the learners attendance
    • This will be paid to you in £30, £70 or £120 blocks depending on the unit completed. This will total around £800 worth of funding.
  • Once you have received the candidates NVQ certificate you will be able to claim for a further £600.
    • CITB pays this directly into your bank account.

+ Travel to Train Fund:

  • CITB pays towards your travel and accommodation costs through the ‘Travel to Train’ scheme.
  • All travel associated with attending the training courses for the apprenticeship can be claimed through this fund, whether it be train tickets, bus fares, taxis, or the use of their own van/car.
    • The employer is required to pay the first £30 worth of costs per week/per apprentice.
  • CITB will pay for 80% of the costs toward accommodation
    • All bookings are carried out by CITB as and when requested by the employer.

+ Skills and Training Fund:

Additionally, you can also claim for further funding which would fully subsidise the cost of the apprentice programme. The Skills and Training fund could allow you to receive between £5000 and £25000 worth of funding for any construction related training. This can be claimed once per year and we can help you – contact us via the button below today!

Apprenticeship Intake Dates

To assist you with planning your training and apprenticeship schedule, the next planned intake dates for our Waterproofing Apprenticeship are as follows:

Cohort 9 - June 2024

Cohort 10 - January 2025

Contact us about the apprenticeship

For those that may be interested in the specialist structural waterproofing apprenticeship, we are here to help.  Feel free to contact us for any help, advice and queries you have regarding the apprenticeship or potential funding. Simply give us a call on 01480 400000 or complete our online enquiry form

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