This course is delivered in conjunction with your employer and support is given to ensure specific training is available to meet your needs.
You will study the:
• City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Construction Operations (Groundworks)
• Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations (Groundworks)
You should have gained employment as an apprentice with a groundworks or building company.
It is desirable - but not always required - that you have GCSE grade D/3 or above in English and Maths, a Pass or above in a Construction or Groundworks-based course, or an equivalent qualification. You will undertake a skills test in literacy and numeracy.
A commitment to your own learning and performance in a working environment is essential.
During your Groundworks qualification, you will learn about:
You will be assessed by completing College-based practical and theory assessments as you work towards your full apprenticeship programme.
You will also build an NVQ portfolio of evidence on your site-based experience. You will be visited by your allocated assessor at your place of work and discussions with your employer will form supportive evidence of your achievements.
You will undertake tests in literacy and numeracy as part of your apprenticeship framework.
You need safety boots and Personal Protective Equipment, such as a hard hat and overalls.
You can progress to an advanced apprenticeship in construction-based trades, providing you pass your:
You can continue advancing your career as a construction operative while training for a Level 3 qualification in an advanced apprenticeship in your chosen craft area.
Teenager Lewis Cottle says switching direction to an apprenticeship course is helping to "set me up for life".
Seventeen-year-old Lewis was one of two applicants chosen by Ilkeston-based Belfield Furnishings to be taken on to work in its maintenance team.
Lewis, who lives in Ilkeston, said he was impressed by a presentation by the company at college. He decided to apply so he could learn a variety of trades.
Richard Newby, HSE and maintenance manager at Belfield, said Lewis's application was one of those which stood out and he was one of two candidates taken on.
Lewis has now switched from a Level 1 Brickwork course to study towards a Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance. He is studying one day a week at college and learning the ropes with Belfield on the remaining four working days.
Richard Newby, Belfield's HSE and maintenance manager said the company's aim was to "invest time and training so our apprentices gain the skills they need to be part of the team for the long haul." He added: "We're pleased to have them on board."
At college the teachers show you the easiest and best ways to do a job. They really help if you are struggling with something.
I like the job because it's actually doing something real. If you do it, like a factory floor, it's here for the next 30 years or more. It's an achievement.
It's great having some money coming in to save up. I can manage my money better to help set me up in life.