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EN:Able Futures

Construction and the Built Environment Apprenticeships

EN:Able Futures CIC is an award-winning Shared Apprenticeship Service (SAS) which ensures apprentices remain employed for the full duration of their apprenticeship. The not-for-profit organisation works with businesses across the region to manage their apprenticeship training programmes.


As an SAS, EN:Able Futures CIC handle recruitment, work closely with College tutors and assessors, and offer academic and pastoral support to take the responsibility and pressure off companies. Contractor-led targeted CPD sessions alongside professional mentoring ensure the apprentices get a rounded training and development package.

Apprentices are offered diverse experiences, sometimes working across multiple projects. One apprentice, for example, worked across four housing organisations during their training, giving them an incredible experience to kick-start their career.

“Over the course of the two year apprenticeship I rotated every six months to a different company, so I not only got to work with a new team but I also working on a different aspect. I’ve done work in structural, cost management and civil engineering, so I got experience of a broader range of the construction industry before selecting one, which is one of the bonuses with doing this apprenticeship.”

Callum - ex employee at Turner & Townsend, Ove Arup Group, WSP, and Pierre Angulaire

Other projects, such as the new build scheme with United Living Harrogate, can generate work experience across a variety of specialisms. Four bricklayers, a painter and decorator, a groundworker, and a trainee quantity surveyor are all currently employed on site.

Like the College, EN:Able Futures CIC is committed to providing the very best apprenticeship opportunities to the young people of the region and the industry. The SAS aims to tackle significant skills shortages in the industry, particularly affecting professional and technical areas, and to develop future industry leaders.

EN:Able Futures CIC sits alongside EN:Procure Ltd and EN:Able Build under Efficiency North Holdings. The three not-for-profit organisations share a commitment to adding social value and supporting social and economic regeneration in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The apprenticeship service helps to support business and economic agendas, injecting social value into projects, investing in the community, and is helping to rebuild post-Covid 19/Brexit.

Together, EN:Able Futures CIC and Leeds College of Building ran a very successful Construction Management Academy for advanced apprenticeships delivered on-site for two years. Collaboratively, the team worked with housing organisations to offer Academy-based construction management training.

In total, two cohorts of 24 completed the Level 3 Construction & The Built Environment Apprenticeship at the Forging Futures Sheffield hub. In August, the apprentices completed their training. The grades were outstanding with 88% of apprentices gaining Double Distinction or Double Distinction Stars, the highest possible grade. With great employment and progression outcomes, and superb feedback from students, the stage is set for the next intake of apprentices.