National Apprentices

Apprentices who live too far away to travel to the academy in Bristol stay with a local host family. S&B home stay providers come from all walks of life. For example, a widow or widower, a single person or couple whose children are grown up all make excellent hosts, too.

All of our home stay providers have regular DBS/CRB (criminal record) checks carried out on them. They also provide us with an annual landlord's gas safe certificate as well as their home contents insurance.

Most home stay providers are able to accommodate more than one apprentice at any one time so this may mean you will share a room with a fellow apprentice.

Home stay providers and their apprentices often develop great friendships that can last for many years.

Would you like to host a young person?

S&B Automotive Academy welcomes many learners each year. Over 60% of these learners travel from around the UK to attend off-the-job training in Bristol. Our learners typically attend the academy around 6 times per year for 1-2 weeks.

For many learners this may be their first time they have been away from home and it is essential to their well being and success that they feel welcome and safe while attending the Academy.

The Academy has a network of host families to provide home stay. We are looking for friendly hosts in the South Bristol area who are to accommodate them.

If you would like to consider being a home stay please see below what is involved.

Our home stay providers provide a clean, comfortable room, hot evening meal and breakfast (cereal, toast, etc).

We are proud of our excellent team of hosts. The Academy is expanding and is keen to grow our network of providers.


Who would be my homestay provider?

Homestay providers can vary from a nuclear family of mother, father & children to single parents or a retired person.

What would my room be like?

You may have a single room or share a room with another apprentice. There will be space for your clothes. Some rooms will have a TV although it is not considered to be essential when selecting a homestay provider. Not all homestays have Wi-Fi or internet access. However, the Academy has free internet access in the cafe.

How far away from the Academy would I be?

Very few homestay providers live in the centre of Bristol. Most live in residential areas a bus-ride away. Weekly tickets can be purchased from local shops with a Paypoint facility or from First Bus direct. S&B are not responsible for paying for bus fares between your homestay and the Academy.

What would the food be like?

Most of the time you will be eating the same food as your host. If there is any food you dislike or cannot eat, please let your homestay host know prior to or at the beginning of your stay. Your stay will be half board which means breakfast will be available, you may need to help yourself to this, and an evening meal will be cooked for you. Lunch is not provided but can be purchased from the S&B restaurant.

Will there be pets in the house?

It is possible that your host may have a pet. If you are allergic or not too fond of them, it is important that you let us know so that we can place you in a homestay with no animals.

What time will I have to be home at night?

As you would be staying in someone else's home, it is up to the homestay provider to tell you what time you will be expected back after an evening out. Regardless of your age, your homestay provider has a duty of care for you whilst you are staying with them. Please respect this, be considerate and remember you have to be at the Academy in the morning and they most likely have to be in work.

How to Apply

To apply to become a homestay please click on the 'Apply' button below.

Please make sure you include the following:

  • Your name
  • Contact details (phone, email or MOB)
  • Area (within a 3-4 mile radius of the Academy: Bedminster, Bedminster Down, Knowle, Brislington etc)
  • How many rooms are available
  • Have you been a homestay before?
  • Anything else you feel relevant

Our Accomodation Administrator will contact you in regards to your application.

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