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Groundworker apprenticeship course

Duration: 20 months
Structure: 18 weeks of training over 15 months, at college and via remote delivery; on-site journal and evidence of work experience completed through OneFile
Location: Bircham (Norfolk)
Start dates:
Continuous start dates available 

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This apprenticeship course is for people who want to gain a vocational qualification in essential civil engineering, while gaining industry experience.

You’ll learn a host of civil engineering principles, such as concreting, excavation activities and drainage, as well as the processes involved in basic project management, health and safety, and levelling and setting out. 

You’ll also learn fundamental building information modelling (BIM) and design principles, receive training in the civil engineering theory, and gain comprehensive practical experience in the featured categories of training.

Course content

The course covers practical principles in:

  • Drainage
  • Concrete
  • Levelling and setting out
  • Block paving
  • Kerbing
  • Brickwork
  • Excavation support
  • Working at height
  • Confined space operations
  • Small tools operation
  • Movement of plant
  • Manual handling.

You’ll learn basic skills, knowledge and awareness in:

  • Interpreting information
  • Risk assessments and method statements
  • Basic civil engineering methods
  • Construction elements
  • Effective communication
  • BIM
  • Basic project management
  • Site communication
  • Earthworks
  • Working area protection
  • Health and safety.

You’ll also focus on personal skills in:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Time management
  • Personal organisation.

Teaching and assessment

18 weeks of training delivered over 15 months

Block 1: 2 Weeks

Block 2: 2 Weeks

Block 3: 2 Weeks

Block 4: 2 Weeks

Block 5: 2 Weeks

Block 6: 2 Weeks

Block 7: 2 Weeks

Block 8: 4 Weeks

Qualifications you gain

  • Level 2 Construction Groundworker
  • Level 1 Functional Skills, working towards L2 (test must be taken)

Methods of assessment

You’ll be regularly assessed using a range of methods, including written assessment, practical assessment, verbal questioning and presentation, and multiple-choice testing. You’ll also be required to complete college-based and site-based activity journals. You’ll be given clear, direct and constructive feedback to enable you to make progress and successfully complete the course.

Mandatory entry requirements


Maths and English GCSE Grades 3-9 or D-A.

To help us assess your suitability for the course, you'll need to complete a skills learning exercise and possibly attend college for further tests.

Other information

The course involves:

  • strenuous physical activity
  • confined space working
  • working at heights
  • wearing PPE/RPE
  • working to deadlines.
Apply here - online application form

Need more information?

Contact one of our account managers

Jason Haslam

Or phone Course booking line: 0344 994 4433