Groundwork apprenticeship J A BURKE CONSTRUCTION LTD

We are offering an exciting opportunity for mature, hardworking individuals to join our production teams across the country as a groundwork apprentice. This is a great chance to build your knowledge and experience in a sought after trade learning fundamental practical skills whilst gaining valuable work experience and life lessons.

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Closing date: 06 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    You will be working on a construction site Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm with two half hour breaks.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    21 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Groundworkers are the first contractors to begin work on a construction site. They work closely with all construction trades, such as bricklayers, and plant operatives, to prepare the site ready for building works to begin.

You will receive a site safety briefing and a 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:

·       Foundations, hard landscaping and earth works

·       Concreting

·       Traditional drainage and pipe laying

·       Benching, channelling manholes and gullies

·       Road works, laying kerbs, paving

·       Surfacing and tarmac laying

·       Utility ducting and laying

·       Use of plant/machinery

·       Steel fixing and piling

In order to work on site you will be required to sit a Health and Safety Operative test to gain your CSCS card.

The training you will be getting

·       Groundworker level 2

·       Functional Skills in English and maths if required

The apprenticeship lasts for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 18 months. You will be trained on site by our staff and also attend 10 weeks of training at Salutem in Aston, B6 5RS which takes place throughout the year in block release to study the following:

·       Health and safety

·       Environmental and health hazards

·       Basic principles of building information modelling

·       The differences between modern and traditional construction methods

·       Principles and methods of working in confined spaces

·       Locating and excavating to expose buried utility services

·       Basic principles of drainage

The training you receive on site from experienced workers will help you produce a portfolio of evidence for your end point assessment.

What to expect at the end of your 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.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) 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 a site for 8.00am every morning. We are looking for individuals with an excellent work ethic, motivated and willing to learn, flexibility and resilience with a positive attitude.

About the employer

J A Burke Construction Ltd have been trading since 1991 and over that time have worked hard to establish themselves as a leading sub-contractor for groundworks, civil engineering, and construction. They continue to expand and develop whilst remaining true to the values of a family run business - a dedication to the wellbeing, safety and training of our employees which ensures our clients receive the highest standards of work, skill and commitment. They have built long standing relationships with some of the leading construction companies across the UK and work on schemes of varying size from £50,000 to over £4.5 million, becoming a preferred groundworks con-tractor to clients such as Morgan Sindall, Vinci UK, Tilbury Douglas & Willmott Dixon.







B14 4BT

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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


Emily Humphrey

0121 326 1450

Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

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

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