SAPs are developed through partnerships with trade associations, federations and employers in specialist sectors. These apprentice programmes contain all the ingredients for a fully validated apprentice programme leading to a Vocational Qualification (NVQ/SVQ). These new entrant programmes are currently the only source of CITB grant recognised new entrant training for the sectors involved. New entrants must have a full-time contract of direct employment with a levy registered employer.
Grant support is paid for SAPs which are now 18-month courses comprising a number of modules leading to the NVQ Level 2
The grant package comprises 3 elements:
£30, £70 or £120 for each training module achieved is paid to the CITB registered and in scope company automatically on confirmation of completion by the training provider. The total value of the modules – £750
£600 is paid to the company on completion of the NVQ assessment and certification
A contribution of £4,000 per learner to cover course costs is paid directly to the training provider OFTF who pay the tutors, assessors, verifiers, venues and materials and associated trainers.
Basic ground rules
- The new entrant must have a full-time contract of direct employment with Levy registered employer
- Grant not available to sub-contract labour (even if mentioned on Levy Return) or self-employed
- The learner must not have been on another CITB grant assisted Apprenticeship at the same VQ level
- Open to both trade association members and non-members
- No upper age restriction – 16+ but employer preference tends to be 18+
- The new entrant must attend all off job modules for the employer to qualify for the ‘framework achievement’ element of the grant
- Must apply for and obtain a CSCS Trainee Card during the first month of training
- The employer must provide on job supervised training to at least twice the number of off-job days – to be recorded in the learner’s logbook.
Who can be a SAP level 2 SAP learner?
- New entrant to the sector (might already have a VQ in another suite of occupations but have not been on a grant-aided Apprenticeship before
– i.e. career changer). Consider SUP first if available for the occupation
- New entrant – possibly employed for up to 12 months in the sector but has had no formal training and has not been registered for an NVQ in the occupation
- New entrant – someone moving either from within the employer’s company or externally from a different post to become an operative. e.g. from store person to operative or a genuine upskilling/promotional route from labourer to skilled operative- career developer.
There is a cost to employers for both the training and assessment, payable to the partner training provider, OFTF
The cost of the 25 day SAP programme over 12 months of training and the 6-month assessment is £5,000. CITB make a contribution of £4,000 to the training provider and the remaining £1,000 will be invoiced by OFTF to the company.
OFTF will plan to deliver the programme in 5 one week training sessions. After the second OFTF will invoice the company for £500, then at the end of the 5th week, OFTF will invoice the final £500. This will be effectively covered by the CITB grant to the company which is £1,350 payable after completion of modules.
In the case of a CF member or company not registered with the CITB, the process of training and assessment is the same and the cost to the individual or company is £5,000 paid in £1k instalments. The first instalment will be due on registration and quarterly thereafter. Each year there are a number of CF members who choose this route successfully.
The Oak Frame Training Forum
OFTF Training Centre, Brickyardwood Barns, Chelvey, Near Bristol, BS48 4Ab
Training Officer – Nigel Howe 07899 794125
We are planning our courses for 2019….
We’d love to get your opinion on what training courses you’d like to take part in next year.
We have a few ideas but would welcome your feedback on this. Please do email us on email@example.com to suggest any other courses you’d like to see us deliver next year. Thank you!
Suggestions so far are:
* Sash Window Course
* Staircase Design
* Complex Roofing
* Scale Drawing
The next intake for Special Applied Skills Programme Level 2 NVQ in Wood Occupations Post and Beam Carpentry will be Monday 4 February 2019.
The training programme is a full NVQ qualification. It will be 25 days off-site training usually 5 x 1-week training sessions and then 6 months assessment, so you really need to be working in the industry to get the NVQ Level 2 assessment completed. To get the full funding you’ll need to be ‘in scope’ with the CITB – for more info drop us an email or contact the CITB.
The first week of training will start on Monday 4th Feb and finish on Friday 8 Feb 2019.
Please do contact us as soon as possible for more info. If you are not registered with CITB you can self-fund, please get in touch for info.
COMPLEX ROOFING COURSE – Monday 25th March – Friday 29th March
Incorporating the geometry of a Rhineland Helmet & a Cruciform Kite-on-Plan roof. The course will combine the geometry & hopefully the manufacture of one or both of these structures.
Tutor: Alan Creasey MSc
Venue: 16 King St Bristol BS1 4EF
(There will be limited overnight, shared accommodation available on site. Apply early if required)
CITB funding available for registered companies. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book your place.
Learners should bring their own tools, PPE, log/trig tables or scientific calculators (or mobile phones!)
The centre provides timber, drawing instruments and paper/card.
Friday 1st September – CPD event day. – Free to FRAME 2017 weekend ticket holders!
Registration is from 09:00, for a prompt start at 10:00 when the first lecture starts. If you can’t stay for the whole weekend, you can buy Day tickets for this event only at the CFshop *You can buy weekend tickets here, too*
IMPORTANT – If you would like a meal on Thursday evening, this will cost £10, payable on the day. However, you MUST book your meal, at least 24 hours in advance, by emailing Tim Potts at TP@carpentersfellowship.co.uk to let him know.
The campsite will be open on Thursday 31st August
Ours is the first event to be held in the brand new state-of-the-art 120-seat lecture theatre at St Fagans, which should be a pleasure for presenters and delegates alike.
Timings and Lectures – for more information on the lectures you can have a look here.
Friday 1st September
|12:15-14:00||LUNCH & Museum visit|
|14:00-15:00||Oakwrights Passive House|
|15:15-16:30||Glazing Green Oak Frames|
Saturday 2nd September
|09:00-09:45 Robert Demaus – The Assessment and Repair of Historic Timber|
|11:15-12:00 Laurie Smith – Historic Geometrical Building Design in Wales|
|13:00-13:45 Hooke Park – Advanced Fabrication, Experimental Architecture.|
|15:00-15:45 Rick Collins – “The Most Famous Barn in America”|
Sunday 3rd September
|09:00-09:45 Grigg Mullen – From Timber Framing to Boat Building, an interesting transition….|
|11:15-12:00 David Young – The vernacular architect of Ethiopia|
Background to the Project
Llys Llewellyn (welsh for Llewellyn’s Court) is intended to be a reconstruction of one of the five royal residences that were in use in Wales in the early part of the 13th Century. Sadly none of these buildings has survived. The Carpenters’ Fellowship UK, working alongside the archeology experts of the Museum have created a design for this timber and stone building based on evidence from contemporary surviving wooden halls.
The construction is to be undertaken by a core team of CF members but other CF participants will be given the opportunity to get involved at the stage immediately prior to the site erection of the building.
All participants in the course will have the opportunity to contribute to the fabric of this unique building which will be a spectacular living history resource for many generations to come.
This month we chatted to Ant Sawyer who is a former apprentice of OFTF about what he does now and what he hopes for the future – enjoy!
What does your role involve?
As well as subcontracting in the workshops and onsite for Carpenter Oak, Emmanuel Hendry and Oakleigh Design Build in Devon; I also design (site survey, draw on SketchUp) and build oak frames directly for clients. I also have a small peg making operation!
What do you like about your job?
I like the variation between office (drawing) workshop (when it’s raining) and site work (when it’s sunny!)
What’s your working day like?
8am-5pm Monday to Saturday – although being self-employed evenings and Sundays are often taken up with quoting for the next job or accounting etc. When on site, I am away from home during the week – which is probably one week every couple of months on average.
What skills do you need in your job?
To be a useful subcontractor you have to have qualifications and tickets that allow you to be on site. CSCS Health and Safety as a minimum, but tower scaffold, telehandler, MEWP and Slinger/Signaller are all useful/essential to remain employable!
Tools and experience build as you progress – so I’d say a positive, honest attitude and an ability to communicate are things you should bring to the table as an oak framer!
What was your background before starting this role?
During my 20’s I was an athlete with the British Athletics squad (Decathlon – Commonwealth Games 2002) and then the British Skeleton Team (World Ranking of 6th in 2007/8) I didn’t make the cut for the 2010 Winter Olympics so it was time for a career change!
I started carpentry with a course at The Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis, then an oak framing course at Woodenways, 2 years at Oakwrights, then completed my apprenticeship with several projects and tutors at The Oak Frame Training Forum in Bristol – which for me was a great experience, combining exposure to different techniques with great networking opportunities (i.e. beers round the fire!)
What are you most proud of in your career?
I’m glad I have a desire to learn, and a belief that you can make a happy career oak framing!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
I’ll be 47!! Still in South Devon – in a home I’ve built – kids, veg patch, little boat – 3 day week working week!!!
A bit of advice for anyone thinking about a career in construction?
Be an intelligent craftsman – aspire to be at least!!