Design, Construction and Management HNC/HND Apprenticeship


Tyne And Wear, NE8 3BE

Closes in 26 days (Sunday 18 August)

Posted on 3 June 2024


You will complete a Higher Apprenticeship programme in Design, Construction and Management, underpinned by HNC/D. You'll study one day a week at Gateshead College’s Skills Academy for Construction, developing your knowledge in building design and performance through a combination of lectures, tutorials, field work and site visits.

Annual wage
£21,000 a year

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

Training course
Construction design and build technician (level 4)
Monday - Friday (with 30 minutes lunch break). Exact shifts to be confirmed.

37 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 16 September


2 Years

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

Level 4 Construction Design and Build Technician Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Study will be in three parts providing the opportunity for you to step off after each with a recognised qualification - HNC and HND Degree
  • Study will compromise of a Level 4 and 5 Qualification (BTEC Higher National Certificate / Diploma) and you will also be enrolled onto the Level 4 ‘Construction Design and Build Technician’ Apprenticeship standard (Institute for Apprenticeships)
  • 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
  • Study hours in line with agreed day release

Where you’ll work

Gateshead College Baltic Campus Baltic Business Quarter

Quarryfield Road


Tyne And Wear



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

Construction design and build technician (level 4)

Equal to higher national certificate (HNC)

Course contents
  • Apply mathematical, statistical and data interpretation tools, using analytical and computational methods to interpret and solve technical, engineering and design problems.
  • Interpret and compare performance information to choose compliant materials, components and parts.
  • Select and use technical literature and other sources of information and data.
  • Produce design and technical drawings, designs, and models, using analytical and computer-based software packages.
  • Produce technical design solutions.
  • Comply with industry standards, CDM, statutory regulation and legislation, policies, and codes of practice.
  • Comply with health, safety and welfare regulations, standards and guidance.
  • Complete risk assessments to identify, evaluate and mitigate risk.
  • Apply principles of sustainable development and assess impact.
  • Apply ethical and data security principles to design projects.
  • Prepare written design reports.
  • Interact with the operation and maintenance of a Common Data Environment CDE and ensure this maintains integrity and follows agreed protocols and that data security.
  • Handle information including validating, managing, disseminating and storing throughout all stages of a project or asset.
  • Identify design defects and solve problems to advise a compliant outcome, escalate issues or concerns.
  • Apply quality assurance techniques.
  • Use computer based software systems and packages to manage construction projects for example BIM tools, data analytics and databases.
  • Conduct site inspections of designs and report findings.
  • Comply with sustainability regulations, standards, and guidance including the management and designing out of waste.
  • Optimise energy use through design of efficient fabric, passive and active design solutions, low energy lighting, building controls, energy performance.
  • Optimise site potential and building space.
  • Communicate with internal and external stakeholders using sector specific terminology.
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Apply project management techniques. For example: project budgets, estimating, cost control, cost forecasting, and investment appraisal.
  • Interpret and extract relevant information from drawings, specifications and work instructions including BIM, and other task specific modelling software
  • 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 (grade A* - C/ 9 - 4)
    • Maths (grade A* - C/ 9 - 4)
    • Science (grade A* - C/ 9 - 4)
    • You'll need 3 A Levels (grade C or above)
    • BTEC Extended diploma (grade Merit/Distinction)

    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
    • IT skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Number skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Team working
    • Creative
    • Initiative
    • Passionate about construction
    • Methodical

    Other requirements

    * This programme is not for the faint hearted * The pace will be fast and you will be expected to excel in your development so you can progress to the next stage * If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to take part in our assessment centre in early February. This will consist of a range of assessments, including literacy, mathematics, communication and problem-solving skills. Subject to successful completion of the assessments, you will also be invited to a formal interview with a panel of employers which will take place at the end of February 2024

    About this company

    Established by Ryder Architecture, PlanBEE is an industry wide partnership of companies who want people with a new and broader set of skills in their businesses. Comprising some of the most recognised brands in the industry and niche SMEs, they have committed to work together to shape the talent of the future and inspire people to consider a rewarding career in a broad range of technical and professional roles in Architecture, Engineering, Building Services and Construction/Site Management. The partners have a long track record of recruiting and training apprentices and graduates and have worked with Gateshead College (North East Apprenticeship Company) to develop a bespoke programme of on and off the job training which provides a salary and a fast track to graduation and professional accreditation and offers a guaranteed job to those who successfully complete. Candidates will be employed through Gateshead College and the North East Apprenticeship Company therefore ensuring they can work with a range of partner organisations in order to gain experience, knowledge and expertise in the Built Environment industry. The North East Apprenticeship Company is a registered Apprenticeship Training Agency who recruit, employ and arrange training for apprentices on behalf of employers.

    After this apprenticeship

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

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Sarah Gardner

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000254987.

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    Closes in 26 days (Sunday 18 August)

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