Pre-apprenticeship Programme, Buckinghamshire

Entry Requirements Candidates must be over the age of 18, unemployed Duration 2-weeks, Monday-Friday 8.30am-4.00pm, starting Monday 5 June 2023

Ready to start your career in construction?

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This page is for our Buckinghamshire based courses. For information on our courses in London please click here, or for the West Midlands please click here.

Your pathway to an apprenticeship in construction.

This programme is part-funded by the Adult Education Budget (AEB) to support learners with complex barriers to education and employment to access opportunities in the construction sector.

Who is the course for?

Our pre-employment course is a fantastic way of gaining the skills and qualifications you need to start a career in construction.

Our centre is based in Buckinghamshire, in the heart of the HS2 project, and is run in collaboration with EKFB (Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall) and the labour desk agencies. This course will see you not only learn new skills in the classroom but also place you right amongst the action on a construction site, working alongside a workforce that will provide you with a true insight into the world of construction.

Following this, you'll take part in an assessment day with the labour desk, made up of: Danny Sullivan, VGC, McGinley, Carmichael, Reliable and Venesky Brown who will be offering full time apprenticeships to successful candidates.

Candidates must be over the age of 18, unemployed, or economically inactive and not currently holding a CSCS card.

If you already have site experience, and have your CSCS card, you can apply for groundwork apprenticeships directly via EKFB here.

How is the course delivered?

Interactive training, yard-based/practical skills training, classroom discussions, case studies, teamwork, individual/group presentations and self-study outside of the classroom.

The training yard is located at:

EKFB - A4421 Buckingham Road
Newton Purcell
MK18 4AU

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  • Level 1 Cskills Health and safety in a construction environment
  • Certificate Basic construction skills (With Practical sessions)
  • Personal Wellbeing in Construction
  • Environmental awareness & Sustainability
  • CSCS Green Labourers Card - which is the passport to the industry
  • First Steps into Construction

Entry requirements

Candidates must meet the below eligibility for the Pre-employment Programme.

  • A resident in the UK/Europe for at least the last 3 years
  • Be aged 18+
  • Hold photographic ID
  • Must be unemployed
  • Candidates must also be able to commit to attending the required times for the full duration of the programme (Absence is not permitted)


On completion of the course learners will take part in an assessment day with a multiple employers, with a range of formwork and steel fixing apprenticeships available with contractors working on the HS2 line.

In addition to the apprenticeships, candidates will have the opportunity to learn about other possible career paths in construction during the course, and subject to achieving the required pass mark will leave with the qualifications needed to launch their careers.

This course is delivered in partnership with:


The course takes place Monday - Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM from 5-16 June 2023.

Learners will need to be able to attend all days of their course and will need to make their own way to site for each day of their course.

Apply now!

Applications for the pre-employment programme in Buckinghamshire are now open!

To apply please complete the application form here.

Not quite ready? Need more information? Get in touch with the team: