This course meets the needs of students who have gained an apprenticeship position in groundworks. It allows them to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for their employment.
The course is delivered in conjunction with the apprentice's employer and support is given to ensure specific training is available to meet all needs.
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.
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.
You should have gained employment as an apprentice with a groundworks or building company.
You will need to have a GCSE grade D/3 or equivalent in English and Maths.
A Pass or above in a Construction or Groundworks-based course - or an equivalent qualification - is desirable but not essential.
You will be required to undertake a basic skills test in literacy and numeracy.
A commitment to your own learning and performance in a working environment is essential.
Groundworkers have knowledge and understanding of:
A groundworker can:
Core behaviours for a groundworker are:
Apprentices will typically spend 18 months on-programme working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.
The End-Point Assessment (EPA) should only start once the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the standard and that the pre-requisite gateway requirements for EPA have been met.
As a gateway requirement, apprentices must complete a portfolio of work evidencing their knowledge, skills and behaviours in support of the Professional Discussion prior to taking their EPA.
Groundworker apprentices without English and Mathematics at Level 2 must achieve Level 1 English and Mathematics and take the tests for Level 2 prior to taking their EPA for the Groundworker Level 2 Apprenticeship.
The EPA will be completed over a maximum total assessment time of 24 hours (3 x 8 hour days), within a three-month period, after the apprentice has met the EPA gateway requirements.
EPA must be conducted by an organisation approved to offer services against this standard, as selected by the employer, from the Education & Skills Funding Agency’s Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations (RoEPAO).
The EPA consists of three distinct assessment methods:
You need safety boots and Personal Protective Equipment, such as a hard hat and overalls.
You can progress to a Level 3 apprenticeship standard or supervisory, management, professional and technical courses and qualifications.
Jordan Richards built his confidence as well as his technical skills on a Derby College Construction course – and the quality of his work has now been recognised in a string of competitions. Having taken a full-time course at our Ilkeston campus, Jordan secured an apprenticeship with GF Tomlinson, returning to College to take his qualifications to the next level. His tremendous commitment to his work saw him win the Junior Regional Skill Build brickwork title, take runner-up place in the Guild of Bricklayers regional competition, and gain a commendation in the College’s 2014 Peak Awards. He also reached the national finals of the Young Builder of the Year Award, attending a ceremony at the House of Commons.
Jordan has participated in many competitions alongside his study at Derby College. He has achieved an outstanding amount of awards and commendations.
Commended - National Finals for Young Builder of the Year Award, 16-24-year-old category
Commended – Construction Apprentice/Work-based Award at the Derby College Peak Awards
Winner – Regional Skillsbuild, Junior Bricklaying category Runner-up – Regional Guild of Master Bricklayers, Junior category
Highly Commended Construction Learner of the Year Award at the Derby College Peak Awards
Highly Commended Apprentice of the Year Award at the Derby College Peak Awards
Winner – Regional (NOTTS/LINCOLN) heats of the Guild of Master Bricklayers
Second - Regional Skillsbuild heats Gold medal – Regional (NOTTS/LINCOLN) final of the Guild of Master Bricklayers
Runner-up – CITB Apprentice of the Year Awards Second place – Regional Skillsbuild final
I am enjoying my placement with GF Tomlinson and I learnt a lot over the course of just a year.