Guidance

Construction civil engineering apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the construction civil engineering sector.

Civil engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the built environment. Civil engineers are in demand in the construction industry with around 1,400 people recruited into these jobs each year.

Training opportunities

Intermediate apprenticeship

Different apprenticeships have different entry requirements. However the most important requirements are that:

  • you must be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.
  • you must be aged 16 or over.
  • if you took your GCSEs more than five years ago and didn’t gain a top grade (A or A*), or you don’t have good GCSE grades in maths and English you will need to take a literacy and numeracy test

Advanced level apprenticeship

There are many pathways into this apprenticeship:

  • the intermediate apprenticeship in construction civil engineering
  • previous experience in the construction industry
  • a construction and built environment diploma
  • functional skills qualifications
  • foundation learning
  • A Levels and GCSEs

Types of apprenticeships

On the intermediate level apprenticeship you could work as a construction operative, working on a construction site or public place, laying drainage, placing street iron works, laying pavements and excavating holes and trenches. Or you would work as a highways maintenance operative, working in a public place or highway, repairing surfaces, laying drainage, placing street iron works, kerbs, pavements, installing vehicle safety fencing on highways, excavating and repairing.

As an advanced level apprentice you could work as a plant mechanic, working on a construction site or in a workshop carrying out maintenance and repairs to excavators, cranes, trucks and other machinery associated with plant. You could then specialise in hydraulics and electrical components.

Job roles - intermediate apprenticeship

  • construction operative
  • formworker
  • highways maintenance operative
  • plant mechanic
  • plant operator
  • sprayed concrete operative
  • tunnelling operative

Job roles - advanced level apprenticeship

  • plant mechanic

What qualifications can you get after the construction civil engineering apprenticeship?

You might want to continue and progress your career in one of the above job roles after completing this apprenticeship but you can also do further qualifications to build on your skills, such as a level 6 diploma in construction site management or a foundation degree in civil engineering.