Construction Operations and Civil Engineering (Groundworks) Level 2 Apprenticeship

The Construction Options and Civil Engineering (Groundworks) Level 2 Apprenticeship will help to attract and develop talent into the industry, preparing the groundwork for learners to move into a range of civil engineering occupations and provide progression to supervisory and management level in order to provide the sector with a well trained productive workforce.

Construction Operatives work on a construction site or in a public place, to given specifications, laying drainage, placing street iron works, structural concreting, laying pavements and excavating holes and trenches.

Course Content

City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services – Construction Operations (Construction) (6574)

This qualification is ideal for individuals who work as an operative in the construction sector, laying drainage, kerbs, channels and pavements. It also includes excavating holes and trenches and concreting. It provides an opportunity for them to demonstrate their competence in this area and gain a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services.

It covers the following specialist areas:

  • Modular paving
  • Laying kerbs and channels
  • General building operations
  • Drainage construction
  • Structural and non-structural concreting
  • General construction
  • Excavation and reinstatement

This qualification forms the competence-based element of the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Construction Civil Engineering (Level 2), pathway 1: Construction Operations.

Level 2 Certificate in Construction Operations – General Construction (6709-22)

It is for learners who work or want to work as a General Construction Operator in the Construction sector.

It allows learners to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or a career as a general construction operative.

It covers the following skills:

  • Construction site protection barriers
  • Lay domestic drainage
  • Construct foundations, slabs and paths in concrete

The qualification is a technical certificate within the Construction Civil Engineering Apprenticeship Framework.

As part of the Apprenticeship framework you will also complete Functional Skills in English and maths.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualification requirements however candidates should have a strong interest in the area. You will need to be dedicated and committed to your study and be responsible for your own learning. Students on this course are required to be employed in a suitable work placement with a building company.

Adult learners who have previously worked in construction e.g. as a labourer can also undertake this apprenticeship.

What can I do next?

There is not a level 3 Diploma or an advanced apprenticeship for construction operations as requirements of the occupational area are covered at this level. However, after gaining work experience there are opportunities to progress into plant operations related to construction operations and also occupational work supervision, management or technical support areas.

Information for Employers

The aim of this framework is to attract, retain and develop talent into a range of civil engineering occupations at Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) in Construction Civil Engineering, and provide progression to supervisory and management level, in order to provide the industry with a well trained productive workforce.

  1. Attract new people from a range of diverse backgrounds into construction civil engineering to broaden the industry talent pool in England.
  2. To provide broad-based training for a range of occupations in construction civil engineering in
  3. To provide a structured career path for construction civil engineering to progress to higher level jobs using further and higher education.

This apprenticeship has been developed to help meet the skills priorities of the industry and for England by:

• continuing to provide qualifications required by employers to help their business grow
• providing a flexible entry route to attract applicants from under-represented groups
• including literacy, numeracy, problem solving and employability skills to develop the
confidence of apprentices to take with them throughout their working life
• meeting the requirements of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England

How To Apply

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Construction Operations and Civil Engineering (Groundworks) Level 2 Apprenticeship
Course Outline: Ideal for individuals who work as an operative in the construction sector, laying drainage, kerbs, channels and pavements.

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, might vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 2
DurationApproximately 24 months in duration
CampusColchester Institute
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£4,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£200

Employer Information

Our Business Solutions team will work with you to recruit an Apprentice to your business, advertising the vacancy and managing applications, as well as providing a dedicated account manager and personal 1:1 advice and guidance on apprenticeships.

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee. Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.


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