Level 2 Groundwork Apprenticeship - Civil Engineering McDermotts Building and Civil Engineering

Do you want to work outdoors? We are looking for enthusiastic and hard working individuals to join us as groundwork apprentices. This will be the first step in your career with us and you will learn all about groundworks and gain site experience giving you the opportunity to scope out your next step.

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Closing date: 31 May 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Your rate of pay will be higher if you are over 18. We will also pay for all our apprentices to attend a one day health and safety course and prepare you to sit the CSCS test before going on site. We will pay for dumper and roller training.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 7.30am to either 4.00pm or 5.00pm depending on age. If you are over 18 you will be working 45 hours per week and your hourly wage will be higher

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    27 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

You will receive a site safety briefing and schedule of work for the day and be expected to work as part of a team to complete tasks set for that project.

You will undertake a variety of tasks such as:

  • Remediation
  • Drainage
  • Laying paths
  • Concreting and other surfacing

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

You will be trained on site by our staff and also attend up to 10 weeks of training at Salutem in Aston, B6 5RS to gain a level 2 Groundworker Apprenticeship standard

The training takes place throughout the year in block release and you will study the following:

  • Health and safety
  • Environmental health hazards
  • Basic principles of Building Information Modelling
  • The differences between traditional and modern methods of construction
  • Principles of working in confied spaces
  • Locating and excavating to expose buried utility services
  • Basic principles of drainage

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • After successful completion of the apprenticeship we would expect to employ you within our business as a groundworker with the potential to progress to team leader, site supervisor and beyond
  • You could also specialise to become a machine excavator operator or continue with your education to become an engineer

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or C) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or C) Desired

Things to consider

This apprenticeship will be based outdoors and will require you to be physically fit. You must be able to get to one of our construction sites for 7.30am every morning.

About the employer

Established in 1994, our business has grown and developed to include a range of groundworks and civil engineering activities which provide continuity of service and assurance for our customers throughout their project. Although you may never get to see a lot of what we do, we’re proud that many of the places you visit and roads you drive on, have our name underneath them.


McDermotts Building and Civil Engineering


Catherine Street Aston


B6 5RS

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Training provider



Salutem Training Gemma Kemp


Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

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