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Groundworks

Preparing a site prior to building is one of the most important initial jobs that a site experiences.

Groundworkers 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. Groundworkers also create roads, driveways, and paths using tarmac or concrete slabs on a range of different projects.

How do I get into Groundworking?

There are a number of different routes available if you’re interested in a career as a groundworker.

Some people gain experience first by working within contractors and construction companies as general labourers before taking further training, whilst other people complete an apprenticeship with a company.

Groundworkers will usually be employed on a contractual basis for full-time projects.

What qualifications do I need?

Firstly, in order to work on a building site you’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card. These cards demonstrate that you are qualified to do the work you’ve been employed to do.

Many bigger construction sites require groundworkers to hold a NVQ. Forming part of the apprenticeship, the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations is official recognition of the knowledge and skills needed to work in this area of the construction field.

Who is the apprenticeship for?

This qualification is aimed at learners aged 16 and above who work or want to work in the construction industry and specialise in the area of construction operations.

It is ideal for individuals who work as an operative in the construction sector, laying drainage, kerbs, channels and pavements.

Why study with us?

The College is the only local training provider able to offer Groundworker apprenticeships. We have a purpose built groundworking training facility on site at our main Colchester Campus.

View the Groundworker programme
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