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Groundworker - Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)

Apprenticeship outline

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 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
  • Carrying out the finished hard landscaping.

Groundworkers are able to transfer between heavy construction and civil engineering sites as well as house building, commercial building and general building sites.

Groundworkers work for all types of construction companies from small subcontractors to large main contractors.

How to apply for this apprenticeship

You can register your interest in an Apprenticeship by emailing your CV to

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Study location Basford 664 Nuthall Road, Basford, Nottingham, NG8 6AQ

Day Release


Groundworker Level 2


18 months (not including the End Point Assessment)

Level Level 2
Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 3/A* to D or equivalent including English Language and Maths. Some employers may require additional qualifications depending on the role.

Individuals without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and maths prior to taking the End Point Assessment.

You will also need to be employed as an apprentice for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job but we can assist you in finding a placement.

Adults who are aged 19+ with appropriate industry experience but without the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.

All applicants will be required to undertake an assessment in English and maths prior to enrolling.


Full time apprentices will typically spend 18 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.

Apprentices will need to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and behaviours, which is embedded into the Apprenticeship Standard, an assessor who will visit them on site and ensure that they are progressing towards the End Point Assessment will support them.

The EPA consists of 3 distinct assessment methods

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

Successful apprentices would be encouraged to progress onto a Level 3 Civil Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard.

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