Groundworker (Apprenticeship)


Groundworkers are the first trade onto a construction and civil engineering site and they work closely with supervisors and engineers in interpreting design specifications to prepare the site ready for the structural building works to take place. They continue their work throughout the construction phase, working with all on-site construction trades, such as bricklayers and plant operatives, up to and including the final completion activities of the project. Their work includes setting out and preparing the sub-surfaces ready for the structural work to begin, installing drainage systems, concreting, constructing roads and pathways and carrying out the finished hard landscaping.

Entry Requirements

There are no other formal qualifications required to start this apprenticeship but you will be assessed to ensure you have the ability to complete the English and Maths qualification to at least level 1.

Functional Skills

You will be required to achieve English and maths at Level 1 & attempt the Level 2 tests exams to complete the apprenticeship.


18 months.


Progress on to level 3 or 4 Civil Engineering technician apprenticeships.


This apprenticeship will be funded through the digital account for large employers and the non-levy co-investment model for smaller employers. There may be a fee for some employers.

End Assessment

The end assessment will consist of three elements:

  • Knowledge Test 
  • Skills Test 
  • Professional Discussion (supported by portfolio) 

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