Typical job roles associated with this apprenticeship can include Assistant Site Manager, Assistant Supervisor or Construction Site Supervisor. In the case of SME construction companies, the roles are likely to include Site Manager or Site Supervisor. Such roles are associated with the supervision of specialist contractors and workers on construction projects and are based on construction sites with occasional time in offices.
The typical duration for this apprenticeship is three years but this will depend upon the previous experience of the apprentice and the access they have to opportunities to gain the full range of competence.
Successful apprentices will gain a Level 4 HNC qualification in Construction and Built Environment that meets the knowledge requirements of the apprenticeship standard.
English and Maths at Level 3 will need to be achieved before taking the End-point Assessment and will be included in the Level 4 qualification.
This apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required to achieve Technician status or the equivalent with the industry’s recognised professional bodies. The final assessment process for this apprenticeship will typically be partly representative of the review process required for professional registration.
You need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths (grade 5 or above), and Science. Your grade should preferably be 6+ (B) for GCSE Maths. Alternatively you need:
Understand management principles and the project management lifecycle
Planning and Organising Work
Understand the importance of project planning and resourcing and be able to analyse different techniques
Able to define the quality required on a finished construction project
Understand the importance of cost control on a construction project
Health and Safety
Identify risk of activities and encourage all employees to demonstrate safety-conscious behaviours
Assess, identify and record the environmental impact of projects
Assist in the implementation of the most appropriate solutions for construction projects
Use effective management principles and be able to supervise construction workers
Planning and Organising Work
Understand the overall plans for projects and measure and record progress against plans
Assess and report on quality standards and assist in the commissioning of finished construction projects
Understand financial and legal constraints and measure and record progress against budget
Be able to work within own level of competence and know when to seek advice from others
Commitment to Code of Ethics
Work within Rules and Regulations of Professional Competence and Conduct for the industry’s recognised professional bodies
Continuing Professional Development
Identify own development needs and take action to meet those needs
Use own knowledge and expertise to help others when requested
Commitment to Equality and Diversity
Understand the importance of equality and diversity and demonstrate these attributes so as to meet the requirements of fairness at work
Be able to contribute effectively to meetings and present information in a variety of ways including oral and written
Work in Teams
Be able to work with others in a collaborative and non confrontational way
Be able to identify areas for improvement and suggest innovative solutions
Once the apprentice has satisfied the requirements of the Gateway, an End-point Assessment will take place which will be delivered in the following order:
• Online Test – the Online Test underpins the knowledge required to work as a Construction Site Supervisor so it needs to be completed and passed as the first element of the End-point Assessment process.
• Project – apprentices must pass the Project before taking the Professional Discussion.
• Professional Discussion - ideally, the Professional Discussion should be taken and achieved by the end of Month 5 following the Gateway.
You need safety boots and Personal Protective Equipment, such as a hard hat and overalls, which should be supplied by your employer.
You can advance to a degree programme in your chosen professional area.
Progression could be into roles such as:
School holidays helping her dad’s business helped fire teenager Maddie Kirkman’s dream of a career in construction.
Maddie, completed the Level 3 BTEC in Professional Construction and the Built Environment at Derby College, whilst working as an apprentice at G F Tominson.
She is now studying the Foundation Degree in Construction Management at Derby College and has celenrated her third year at G F Tomlinson. She first got interested in building when she helped her dad – on site and in the office – at his mechanical and electrical company.
Maddie plans to use her BTEC and Foundation Degree as a stepping stone towards a full degree in quantity surveying.
There aren’t that many women in construction but a lot of work is underway to get more trainees in. I think it’s changing gradually – I hope so, I think women have a natural eye for detail.