Information for Apprentices

A number of Training Group members offer apprenticeships which will provide you with full-time employment, a minimum salary of £156 per week, hands-on industry experience and the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification and complete additional supporting courses.

Apprenticeships within steeplejacking and lightning protection are sponsored by employers and take place over two years at the National Construction College – East (NCC) at Bircham Newton and on-site with your employer. Apprentices attend college for up to four weeks at a time and work towards a Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard in Steeplejacking or Lightning Conductor Operative.

To find out more about a career as a Lightning Conductor Operative or Steeplejack, visit the Go Construct website.

Becoming an Apprentice

If you are interested in a specialist construction career and have a head for heights, then becoming a steeplejack or lightning conductor engineer might be for you!

Read our guide for more information about becoming a Steeplejack or Lightning Conductor Operative and how to apply.

Information for Employers

The Apprenticeship Standards in both steeplejacking and lightning conductor engineering are available to all candidates regardless of age, and course costs are fully funded by the NCC provided you are a CITB levy-registered employer.

CITB provides grant of up to £8,500 for a two year apprenticeship to help with the cost of employing an apprentice.

Employers taking on an apprentice under the age of 18 should be aware of the HSE’s guidance on employing young people on-site.

Finding an Apprentice

If you would like to recruit an apprentice Steeplejack or Lightning Conductor Engineer, please contact Lucy Smith, Apprenticeship Officer who will be able to help you find a suitable apprentice in your area.