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National Apprenticeship Week 2022

February 8, 2022

In the spirit of National Apprenticeship Week 2022, J Tomlinson’s Head of HR, Heidi Cokayne, answers some of our most frequently asked questions about apprenticeships.


Q1. Do you have to be 18 to be an apprentice?

Not at all – we take apprentices at any age and many of our apprentices have been in the workplace for many years.

Q2. How will I know what to do at work?

You will mentored by your manager and given daily and weekly tasks that you will need to complete. Full training will be provided.

Q3. What can I do after an apprenticeship?

A3.  You are able to continue with your studies; many apprenticeships now go up to Level 7 (postgraduate degree level), and we have several employees who are completing their degree through us.

Q4. When would I attend college?

A4. You will attend either once a week or block release (i.e. four full weeks) depending on your qualification.

Q5. Why should I choose J Tomlinson?

A5. If you’re looking to kickstart your career or build on existing skills in a friendly, supportive and encouraging environment, a warm welcome awaits you at J Tomlinson. We are a family-run business with a whole range of apprenticeship opportunities and progression into different roles. Last year, we were named Large Employer of the Year at RNN Training’s Annual Apprenticeship Employer Awards, which you can read more about here.

A A forward-thinking employer which firmly believes our people are our most valuable asset, we offer individualised structured training in a wide range of areas – whether your role sees you working out on site or in an office environment. Download our Careers Booklet to read about the experiences of just some of our employees.

Q6. What will I get paid?

A6. From April 2022 the rates of pay will be £4.81 per hour (currently £4.30 per hour). Find out more here.

Q7. Is there anyone to help me with my learning?

A7. You will be assigned a mentor through your apprenticeship – we have a wide range of experience here so there is always someone to ask. You will also be in constant contact with your tutor.


Sound good? View our current apprenticeships and traineeships here. Don’t worry if there isn’t anything that catches your eye at the moment; we are always looking for enthusiastic individuals to embark on their career with J Tomlinson – drop a cover letter and CV to hr@jtomlinson.co.uk.


J Tomlinson, which was founded in Nottingham the 1950s, works primarily across the Midlands, Yorkshire and Northern and Central England.

The company provides a range of sustainable building solutions including refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, engineering services, extra care construction, renewable energy, and facilities management, working across a range of key sectors including extra care, healthcare, blue light, social housing and local government.

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