Apprenticeships are an excellent way to start, or develop careers. These work-based training schemes are designed to support and develop both new and existing employees. An apprenticeship combines work with study which ultimately results in a programme that is truly work-focused.

An apprenticeship with Bellway offers you the opportunity to:

  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification
  • Earn while you learn
  • Work for a five star housebuilder
  • Progress your skills to a new level
  • Improve your knowledge and understanding of the housebuilding industry

Our apprentices are registered with a college or training provider to deliver the apprenticeship framework or standard.  There are a range of delivery methods such as, attending college one day each week, an assessor delivering sessions in the workplace or distance learning.

There are a large number of apprenticeship standards and frameworks available and an examples of these include:

Construction and Trades

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Painting and decorating
  • Plumbing and heating
  • Construction contracting operations
  • Construction site management
  • Surveying technician
  • Chartered surveying (degree)
  • Civil engineering (degree)

Business and Finance

  • Business administration
  • Assistant accountancy (AAT)
  • Accountancy professional (CIMA/ACCA)
  • Team leadership
  • Management

Apprenticeship eligibility

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To demonstrate our commitment to supporting apprenticeships, Bellway is a member of the 5% club. This is a movement of employers working to create ‘earn and learn’ skills training opportunities across the UK by driving the recruitment of apprentices and graduates.

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Testimonials

Hear what some of our apprentices have to say about working at Bellway:

Caitlin

Caitlin

Job Title: Trainee Quantity Surveyor

Division/Department: North West - Commercial

Length of time at Bellway: 1 year

What is the most interesting thing about working for Bellway, and about the work you do?

The most interesting thing about working for Bellway is speaking and dealing with a range of people from different trades, professions and backgrounds on a day to day basis.

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

Three benefits I have discovered since working at Bellway are:

  • Being enrolled onto a college course to learn about Quantity Surveying and all building aspects. Which then in turn helps me to ask for advice when returning to the office from the members of staff I work with.
  • Learning about building products and systems and then being able to go to site to see these items being put into practice.
  • Cost Control! Since being at Bellway I have become increasingly aware of checking subcontractor’s payment applications for accuracy. This is both a benefit to myself and Bellway. As time has gone on I have become much more confident in speaking with subcontractors and other stakeholders.

What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a role with us?

Initially I thought that the construction industry was more male dominant, however since working at Bellway this is not the case as in Commercial alone I work with six women. Everyone is always there to help if you need guidance, pass on there on their knowledge and experience in their role.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?  

Currently, I would class myself as a Blacksmith –   2 Story, 2 Bedroom 643ft as I am new to the industry and starting out in my career. My ambition as I grow and gain experience within the company and the industry is to aim higher than our current largest house type which is The Draper -   2 Story, 5 Bedroom 2243ft2.

George

George

Job Title: Technical Coordinator

Division/Department: Kent - Technical

Length of time at Bellway: 3 Years, 10 Months.

I left school when I was 17 and came straight to Bellway as a Trainee Technical Assistant. I was given my first site within just under 1.5yrs of being here, with the support of two Technical Managers – that site has just completed actually which is a great achievement and fantastic experience for me!

What is the most interesting thing about working for Bellway, and about the work you do?

  • Interacting with a project team in order to achieve targets
  • Interacting with Technical colleagues to further my knowledge and understanding of Technical related matters.

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

  • Developing relationships and communication skills
  • Developing knowledge and ability to solve issues
  • Opportunity for progression and to take on more responsibility.

What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a role with us?

I would highly recommend applying for a job with Bellway, it’s a great place to gain experience while learning – especially for early careers and apprenticeships.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

The Quilter; which has a balanced front elevation and internal layout. I strive to have a balanced outlook when making decisions and problem solving.

Katherine

Katherine

Job Title: HR & Benefits Assistant

Division/Department: Group

Length of time at Bellway:   29 years (30 in April 2020!!)

What is the most interesting thing about working for Bellway, and about the work you do?

I started working for the Company at the age of 17 in 1990 in the Sales and Marketing Department as an office junior.  I was introduced to the son of one of the founders of Bellway, Kenneth Bell, who at the time was the Chairman and quite an intimidating character to someone of my age.  In time I became more confident and realised what a very kind and approachable man he was which was not what I expected given his status.

Being in Sales and Marketing gave me great experience of dealing with many different types of people.  Helping to arrange large external corporate functions led me to grow in confidence when dealing with some important influential business people.  I was given the opportunity to study for my secretarial exams which Bellway funded and a job became available within the Company Secretarial Department working for the Assistant Company Secretary as his PA in 1995.  

This role gave me the opportunity to gain a lot of knowledge about the business and work with the senior members of the Board.  The business at this time did not have a stand-alone HR function as this sat within Company Secretarial so when in 2016 the HR function was created I decided that’s where I wanted my career to go. 

At the age of 45 I was given the opportunity to do an apprenticeship to gain my professional HR qualification which proves you’re never too old to learn or to be an apprentice!

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

The benefits have been working with some amazing people who I now consider to be very good friends.  Being given the opportunity to return to work 3 days per week after the birth of my son and gradually build back up to 5 days.  Working for a company where I feel valued and not just a number.

What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a role with us?

Apply.  I never dreamt for one second I would be here for 29 years but I think that speaks volumes about Bellway as an employer.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

I would be the Cartographer, a map maker.  My love for walking and mountain climbing in the Lakes and Highlands means reading and following a lot of maps!

Josh

Josh

Job Title: Bricklaying Apprentice

Division/Department: North East

Length of time at Bellway: 8 Months

What is the most interesting thing about working for Bellway, and about the work you do?

There are so many different interesting things I do at Bellway within my job…

As an apprentice bricklayer, I have gained a vast range skills/experiences within the last 8 months. I have to utilise a variety of different mathematical skills in order to get the right measurements and sizes for the bricks, blocks, and many more materials. The most interesting thing (and also the thing that I enjoy the most) about working for Bellway, is that I get to read the plans for the build and figure out what I need before I start the job. This allows me to solve any potential obstacles before they arise. Another thing that really interests me, is being involved in the step by step process from the plot foundations, right up to a completed property.

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

Three benefits I discovered about working for Bellway are:

  1. As an employee of Bellway, you can invest into stocks and shares within the company after 6 months. They also provide a discounted share price for all employees every year from the current share price, which is a really good benefit!
  2. Another thing I have discovered is that you don’t have to just stay at the one certain trade. Bellway will support you and give you the option to progress within the company, and achieve further qualifications, and move into different roles. For example, if you would like to become a site foreman, Bellway will support you to achieve that goal. Bellway give great opportunities to progress on the career path.
  3. Last but not least, some employees qualify for weekly travel reimbursement. This covers the cost of travel and travel time to the site. It is a great benefit to some people – Apprentices in particular!

What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a role with us?

As someone who is fairly new to construction, I would definitely suggest giving it a go. My advice to anyone would be to try it before you pass it. I would never have thought I’d like it as much as I do, and Bellway has given me a lot of different opportunities to gain more skills within my apprenticeship/career.

Working for Bellway isn’t just about construction, it is about the people you meet, and the doors that you can open to progress. Everyone I work with, will always go the extra mile to help out, and make sure I do things right, even if it’s just that I’ve got the right tools for the job!

If you’re hard working, and don't mind getting your hands dirty, I would definitely recommend a career in construction with Bellway. They are one of the biggest housebuilding companies in the UK, and they always strive for success, and support their employees to achieve realistic goals.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

If I were to be a Bellway house type, then I would be “The Shipwright”, as I love to travel, and have already been to 13 different countries, and 7 different states in America. Throughout my time travelling, I have encountered many different life changing experiences, and cultures. My dream would to be able to get a recreational pilot’s license one day.

James

James

Job Title: Apprentice Joiner

Division/Department: North East

Length of time at Bellway: 20 Months

What is the most interesting thing about working for Bellway, and about the work you do?

The most interesting thing about working for Bellway is that you get to watch the development of a house from foundation all the way to CML inspection, you also have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people; learning to work as a team and finding out each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

The thing I find most interesting about my line of work, is how challenging some jobs can be where you’re able to push yourself to overcome any obstacles and then see how well the finished product looks when you’re all done.

What are three benefits you’ve discovered about working here that you weren’t aware of when you started?

There are plenty of benefits working for Bellway however my top three are: the share save scheme which allows you to deposit money out of your weekly wage into a savings account which you can then use to accumulate shares in Bellway. Another one is you are able to work weekends when they are offered by the Site Managers which is a massive help if you need the extra cash. Finally, and most importantly, the fact that you can progress through the ranks at Bellway all the way from an apprentice up to site manager and then eventually a director if you are with the company long enough.

What advice would you give a job seeker who’s thinking about applying for a role with us?

The best advice I can give is just go for it. You will never know if you like it unless you try it and that was what I did and I ended up loving my job and everyday I genuinely wake up happy to come to work. Another piece of advice would be to talk to someone in the construction industry, this will allow you to understand what actually happens on site and you’ll get to understand the benefits of working as a part of a construction team.

If you were a Bellway house type what would you be and why?

I would be "The Gilder" and the reasoning behind that is because I believe it shows the 3 stages of Bellway, Apprentice - ground floor, then you work up to being qualified - 1st floor and once you’ve passed that you can eventually become Management - 2nd floor.