Apprentices and Employers


A number of Training Group members offer apprenticeships which will provide you with full-time employment, a minimum salary of £107 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 S/NVQ Level 2 in Steeplejacking or Lightning Conductor Engineering.

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


The S/NVQ Level 2 apprenticeships 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 levy-registered employer.

CITB provides grant of up to £6,000 for a 2-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.



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 guidance for more information about Becoming a Steeplejack or Lightning Conductor Engineer and how to apply.


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.

The next apprenticeships at college begin in January 2019, and the first applications to register an apprentice should be received by 26 November 2019.

Applying for an Apprenticeship 2019 provides further information on how to register your apprentice for a place at NCC – East.