UK Domestic Trades Skills Index 2022

The latest report indicates that a significant number of trades and construction workers need to be recruited to the sector by 2030 if Britain is to meet construction demand.
Trades Skills Index 2022

Growing UK apprenticeships

by supporting employers and apprentices in 2022 and beyond. We launched the HomeServe Foundation in September 2020 with a clear vision to dramatically increase the number of apprentices in the UK.

Try a Trade

We’re working with 16 West Midlands schools to get a talented group of young people work-ready for a career in domestic trades and then we want to help them find apprenticeships and traineeships with local employers in summer/autumn 2022

Apprenticeship Matching Service

We’ve started a FREE service that finds you an apprentice, does all the work & takes away all the hassle. We want to bring trades and apprentice candidates together and make it all as easy as possible.

Future Skills Award

The Future Skills Award aims to recognise an organisation or individuals’ contribution to furthering future skills and apprenticeships in the UK.
Female apprentice with goggles

All about apprenticeships podcast

Presented by business journalist Georgie Frost, All About Apprenticeships will keep you up to date with the latest news, bring you interviews with big name guests, and get up close and personal with apprentices and employers.

Bridging the skills gap: Supporting all employers to train the next generation

Our mission is ‘Making homes better, building better communities’ and our initial focus is supporting the growth of our nation’s skills, capacity and experience by encouraging and helping hard-working employers to take on apprentices in the construction, home improvements and repairs sectors. Employers can take advantage of various incentives including funding towards your apprentice’s training. 


How we help apprentices

We believe that by supporting employers and encouraging them to consider the possibility of employing and training an apprentice, it will lead to more apprenticeship opportunities being created and filled. We have developed tools that will allow apprentices to find good training providers as well as clear, concise information about their apprenticeship journey.

Why we are here

We think it’s important to build the workforce of the future. HomeServe has been employing and training apprentices for many years from its market-leading and industry-approved Apprenticeship Training Academy in Nottingham. We also understand what it is like for small businesses and the skills they need because HomeServe also owns the largest online platform for trades businesses in the UK, Checkatrade.
Apprentice learning with the HomeServe Foundation

Support Hub

Access our support hub for free

Gain access to a whole host of accredited online courses to help you and your business thrive.  We also have exclusive information that simplifies the process of employing an apprentice. Register for free today.

Latest news and advice

Plumbing apprentice being trained by sink - Ten essential apprenticeship requirements for small businesses

Ten essential apprenticeship requirements for small businesses

Taking on an apprentice is an effective way of furthering your business goals – whether it’s to create valuable, long-term staff members, fill a skills gap or improve your products and services. Once you’ve decided …

10 apprenticeship facts and stats that employers need to know

10 apprenticeship facts and stats that employers need to know

The idea of taking on an apprentice may at first seem daunting for a business, but there’s really no need for that to be the case. These schemes, used by thousands of firms across the …

Try A Trade West Midlands initiative for schools (children inspect tools with engineer)

HomeServe Foundation aims to boost number of school leavers becoming tradespeople with new ‘Try a Trade’ pilot scheme, launching in the West Midlands

The HomeServe Foundation has launched a new initiative to encourage more young people to become plumbers or electricians after new research found the industry needs DOUBLE the number of trades apprentices recruited every year or …

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Flexi-job apprenticeship will allow agencies to be the apprentice’s employer for the duration of their apprenticeship while placing the apprentice with other host employers for short term placements. This will enable apprentices to move between businesses as they complete their apprenticeship, while remaining employed throughout by the agency.

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PAYE is HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) system to collect Income Tax and National Insurance from employment. More information are available here