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Apprenticeship Programme

If you’re looking for an opportunity to learn a trade and earn at the same time an apprenticeship role could be the route for you.

The ongoing success and growth of the housing industry relies heavily on the talent and skills of the younger generation. Apprentices are key to this which is why we have an established apprenticeship programme which really helps to shape and grow our young talent.

The combination of practical on site learning along with gaining a professional qualification creates a great foundation to start your career. During the programme Crest Nicholson supports you to gain an NVQ Level 2 and if possible level 3 qualification. By working closely alongside you and your college we can give you the skills and experience you need to gain your qualification to achieve your career goal of becoming an established and qualified tradesperson.

We have a great team who have years of valuable experience which we can pass down to you. For example, you’ll benefit from a dedicated mentor throughout your fixed term contract who will be on hand to help you every step of the way.

There’s even the opportunity to eventually grow your career further through the Site Management Academy which offers a bespoke training programme to give you the skills you need to manage an entire construction development.

Meet our Apprentices

Still not sure if an Apprenticeship is right for you? Why not find out what our Apprentices think.

Maisie is a painter and decorator apprentice, aspiring to become a Site Manager one day.

Our plumbing apprentice, Charlie, has learnt a huge amount whilst being on our Apprenticeship Programme he finds it rewarding seeing all the stages which result in the finished product.


If you think you have what it takes to be an apprentice, then applications to the scheme will be applied to through the CITB at the following link:

With developments across the Southern half of the UK we have positions in a number of locations. We aim to take on approximately 30 apprentices each year. Take a look at the current positions available, if you want to build a career with an award winning developer we’d be pleased to meet with you.

Recruiting for Apprentices in the following disciplines:

Trade Location Positions
Painter & Decorator, Carpenter, Bricklayer, Plastering or Wall & Floor Tiling Paintworks BS4 3EH 2
Painter & Decorator, Carpenter, Bricklayer, Plastering or Wall & Floor Tiling   Charfield, GL12 8AA  2
Technical / Design Co-ordinator Chertsey, KT16 9GN   1
Quantity Surveying   Chertsey, KT16 9GN 
Any Trade   London, N20 0PD 
Any Trade  Watford WD25 9XX 
Carpenter, Plumber  Lower Sydenham SE26 5BN 
Carpenter, Plumber  Southwark, SE15 2PX 
Any Trade  Red Lodge - IP28 8TE 
Any Trade  Stowmarket - IP14 5JB 
Any Trade Ashford - TN254 OGB 
Plumber   Bath, BA2 3FL 
Carpenter   Bath, BA2 3FL 
Painter and Decorator   Bath, BA2 3FL 
Painter and Decorator   Southampton SO19 9SS
Carpenter   Southampton SO19 9SS
Painter & Decorator, Carpenter, Bricklayer, Plastering or Wall & Floor Tiling   Cranleigh GU6 8DQ  1

*Full clean driving license is preferable.

The Benefits

  • Earn whilst you learn.
  • Dedicated mentor to support you every step of the way.
  • Time to attend college to gain a professional qualification and additional industry training.
  • Build on site relationships with professionals in your chosen trade.
  • The opportunity to extend you career through the Crest Nicholson Site Management Academy

How do I apply:

Applications are accepted and reviewed at the beginning of the calendar year with interviews taking place between May and July. If you are successful you’ll start the programme in September.

To apply you need to do two things:

1. Complete a simple online apprenticeship application form through the CITB website, here is a link directly to the form :

2. Send your CV to . If you haven’t yet got your CV written take a look at the National Careers Service website for tips, advice and a CV templates. 

We look forward to meeting you in the future and wish you good luck for your future career.

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