Apprentice Groundworker


Halstead, CO9 2SY

Closes tomorrow (Friday 26 July)

Posted on 16 January 2024


To learn all aspects of groundworks whilst working onsite with experienced operatives including drainage, foundations, road and footpath construction, slab laying, curb laying, construction of driveways, as a brief outline of what you may be doing.

Annual wage
£16,640 a year

Minimum wage rates (opens in new tab)

The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Groundworker (level 2)
Monday to Friday shifts TBC from 7:30am - 5:00pm and 7:30am - 1:00pm Saturday if work is available. Hours over 40 per week will only be available to those 18+. Your breaks will be 10:00am - 10:20am and 1:00pm – 1:30pm.

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 2 September


1 Year 6 Months

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • As part of this role, you will be required to study towards the Groundworker Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard at Colchester Institute
  • College attendance for this course will be 1 day per week at the Colchester Campus

Where you’ll work

19 Fourth Avenue

Bluebridge Industrial Estate




An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Groundworker (level 2)

Equal to GCSE

Course contents
  • Work safely and securely in compliance with given information, organisational policies and procedures, and current health, safety and welfare legislation including following the procedures for working in contaminated ground
  • Conform with productive working practices and completing the work in accordance with the programme of work
  • Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from supervisors and site managers
  • Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications
  • Select the required resources including tools and fixtures
  • Move, handle and store resources complying with relevant legislation & guidance
  • Use and maintain power tools and equipment (including;. compactor plates, boning rods, portable power tools, levels, straight edges, lines, pins and laser equipment)
  • Gauge and mix mortars and concrete by hand and by mixer
  • Select and use basic setting out equipment including tape measures, levels, straight edges, lines and pins, boning rods and laser equipment under guidance of the supervisor
  • Install, maintain and remove temporary protection and safety arrangements for the work area relating to barriers and temporary structures, including protection, safety notices and safety lighting
  • Install and test basic drainage and ducting
  • Measure, mark, cut and install geo-membranes to stabilise soil for re-instatement and excavations
  • Transport and place, then compact and finish concrete to slabs/bases, footing oversights, paths, form slab edgings including positioning reinforcement and kerbs
  • Set out and lay flags, paviours and edging to paths, driveways and other areas
  • Install ironworks relating to access covers and frames, and gully grates and frames including preparatory brickwork
  • Locate and excavate to expose buried utility services using electronic location instruments
  • Provide and remove temporary works including shallow excavation support (up to 1.2 metres)
  • Form and reinstate excavations and surfaces to sub-grades, sub-bases and road bases
  • Prepare to, then direct and guide the movement of vehicles, plant or machinery
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English and maths (grade A*-E/9-2 or equivalent)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • Team working
    • Physical fitness
    • Hardworking
    • Listening Skills
    • Willing to Learn

    Other requirements

    The role is working outside and will involve working in all weathers

    About this company

    MDS Civil Engineering Ltd. From Inception to Conclusion. Specialists in Groundwork and Civil Engineering, Housing, Commercial and Infrastructure, we get involved from viabilities, land purchase, design and construction. Utilising the latest cut and fill programmes and digitised taking off systems produces a comprehensive bill of quantities from a fully computerised estimating package. Advice is given at an early stage to minimise construction costs and produce the best end result. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    We always try to promote from within wherever possible, so, for a hardworking individual who works to a high standard, there may be future opportunities to progress within the company once the apprenticeship is completed.

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Colchester Institute - Apprenticeship Team


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000223286.

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    Closes tomorrow (Friday 26 July)

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