Byrne Bros. launched its Formwork Apprenticeship Scheme in partnership with the National Construction College in 2013, and was the first employer in London to offer an apprenticeship in Formwork, where students can train and study in London.

Our award winning scheme has been running since 2013, annually recruiting up to 13 apprentices to enrol on an NVQ level 2 in Formwork. Byrne Bros.’ training centre in Mitcham is a satellite college for the Norfolk based CITB National Construction College (NCC), which allows us to train and educate our apprentices from our own site in London, without the need for a residential stay at the college in Norfolk. This unique approach to training means that, on average, Byrne Bros. has received over 100 applications per year, for the 13 vacancies.

Our apprenticeship scheme runs for two years, and provides apprentices with the opportunity to work on prestigious London landmarks, such as the Battersea Power Station redevelopment and the Paddington Crossrail station. Whilst on-site, apprentices work closely with a supervisor, picking up vital knowledge and learning from their expertise. Byrne Bros. has two dedicated training rooms and a workshop at its Mitcham training centre, solely for the apprenticeship scheme. In addition to the basic NVQ framework, apprentices receive further training, such as manual handling, behavioural safety and the use of power tools.

Byrne Bros. Apprenticeship Scheme facts:

Applicants for the apprenticeship have come from as far as Newcastle and Ireland.

Byrne Bros. apprentices have won awards: the CITB London and South Formwork Apprentice of the Year Award, as well as being recognised at the CITB's 2018 annual apprenticeship awards by winning the Inspirational Apprentices Achiever of the Year award.

Byrne Bros. was the first employer in London working in collaboration with the National Construction College to deliver formwork apprenticeships in London.

The scheme was recognised as an outstanding apprenticeship scheme (outside of our sector), and won Silver in the TJ Awards 2017.

Byrne Bros. has been accepted as a Supporter for the Southwark Apprenticeship Standard that is designed to promote excellence and innovation across Southwark.


Applications for the 2019 Formwork Apprenticeship Programme are now closed.

Below is a testimonial from one of our Apprentices:

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“The collaborative working relationship we have established in the last six months has proved to be very productive both in the way the scheme has been piloted and in the high standard of students recruited by Byrne Bros. All the students are working to a higher level of workmanship than would be expected at this stage of an apprenticeship.”

David Bunting – NCC, Senior Instructor

 “The apprentices have really impressed us with their professionalism – they are a credit to the company. We hope this paves the way for other employers to consider setting up their own training facilities too.”

Toby Barnes, one of the visiting NCC tutors

In addition to the Formwork Apprenticeship Scheme, Byrne Bros. also employs two apprentices who are completing an NVQ level 2 in Construction Plant Maintenance. During this two-year apprenticeship, the learners will gain the highly technical skills required to inspect and maintain plant and machinery.