What is a Craft Apprenticeship?

Combining sought after craft skills with innovative new approaches, our craft apprenticeships give you the opportunity to learn all the skills you will need to succeed in your chosen trade.

  • Earn while you learn
  • Mix practical experience with skills-based training
  • Industry recognised qualifications achieved in 2 years with progression
  • Available throughout the East of England
  • September entry

The R G Carter Academy

An apprenticeship with R G Carter is different. One of the reasons apprentices decide to train with us is because of the quality of our in-house, accredited college – the R G Carter Academy – that helps us provide the right balance of theory, practical skills and on-site experience. At the R G Carter Academy you will be taught by expert professionals who will use their vast experience of teaching and working on site to support you every step of the way and our course covers everything from theory to the practical skills you will need. Working on real sites, you will be mentored by our own professional and experienced staff, who will work closely with you to support your training and development.

Every step of the way I was given all the support I needed from the tutors at the academy and team members out on site. Throughout my apprenticeship I was consistently challenged to develop new skills and push myself further.

Shane, Carpenter

My apprenticeship at R G Carter has given me the perfect mix of theory and practical experience. Being able to put these skills to test on some of the most exciting building projects in the region has been rewarding and really helped improve my bricklaying skills.

Billy, Apprentice Bricklayer


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Explore the course

Our apprenticeship programme, step by step


Choose Your Specialism

Choose from apprenticeships in Brickwork, Carpentry, Bench Joinery or Painting.


Apply to the R G Carter Academy

Apply via R G Carter Academy by end May, with a cv and covering letter.  For vacancies contact academy@rgcarter.co.uk.


Enrol onto your apprenticeship

For successful applicants, training commences in September.


Initial Skills and Safety Training

For the first 4 weeks you will study full time at the Academy, where you will learn basic trade skills and receive health and safety training.


Develop Your Skills

Once you have completed your initial skills and safety training, you will share your time between the Academy and gaining experience on site.  The theory and practical training you learn at the R G Carter Academy will be consolidated and developed further on real building sites. Regular reviews, feedback and guidance is given throughout this time.


End of Year 2 - Become a Level 2 Qualified Tradesperson

After 2 years you will be a Level 2 qualified Tradesperson having successfully completed your Level 2 Diploma and NVQ in your chosen craft skill, as well as completed any functional skills (Maths & English).


Develop Your Skills Further

After achieving Level 2, we may offer the opportunity of continuing your apprenticeship for a further year to gain a Level 3 qualification.


Further Progression

Beyond this there are further potential opportunities for development progression to further your career.