Design, Construction and Management HNC/D Apprenticeship Manchester City Council

We’re recruiting for Plan BEE Manchester a higher-level apprenticeship programme in Design, Construction and Management. You’ll spend one day a week studying, developing your knowledge in building design and performance through a combination of lectures, tutorials, field work and site visits.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 Jan 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday (inclusive with a lunch break of 30 minutes) and study hours in line with agreed day release. Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    2 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    20 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    10 available

What you will do in your working day

Duties will include:

  • Attend meetings with various sub contractors, or the client, to discuss things like the programme, delays and costs
  • Work with various sub contractors or clients to resolve issues with ongoing projects
  • Working alongside Quantity surveyors to discuss quantity take offs, variations and orders
  • Working alongside the site manager, helping to coordinate projects on site
  • Regular site visits for progress checks on construction projects
  • Producing drawings / plans on software such as Revit
  • Producing client documents such as stage 1 reports using Adobe software e.g. InDesign / Illustrator / Photoshop
  • Attend partnership, recruitment any other events that helps to promote partners and the programme
  • Assist with essential building tasks such as planning, designing and project management which could include analyse client requirements and develop detailed designs, risk assessment of design solutions and managing projects

The training you will be getting

  • You will complete a Higher Apprenticeship programme in Design, Construction and Management, underpinned by HNC/D, providing a pathway to progression at a wide range of universities
  • You’ll spend one day a week studying and developing your knowledge in building design and performance through a combination of lectures, tutorials, field work and site visits
  • You will receive the Level 4 qualification in Construction and Built Environment

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Full-time employment with one of our Plan BEE partners

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Methodical, Interest in construction, Driven, Motivated, Confident


GCSE or equivalent Maths, English & Science (Grade A* - C/ 9 - 4) Essential
A Level or equivalent 3 A Levels (Grade A - C) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Extended diploma (Grade Merit/distinction) Essential

Things to consider

If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to take part in our Assessment Centre in early February. Subject to successful completion of the assessments, you will then be invited to a formal interview with a panel of employers which will take place at the end of February/early March 2024.

About the employer

PlanBEE Manchester is a new and unique higher apprenticeship programme in Design, Construction and Management where you’ll earn and learn with some of the city’s leading employers. Developed by Manchester City Council, Manchester Life, Ryder Architecture, and Gateshead College, the programme prepares you for a career in building design and construction with a strong emphasis on digital skills and collaborative working.


Manchester City Council


Shared Service Centre Level 2

PO Box 532

Town Hall Extension

M60 2LA

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Sarah Gardner

Apprenticeship standard

Construction design and build technician

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Jan 2024