Apprenticeships in England
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A groundworker is a construction professional who prepares the ground before, during and after building. Usually the first tradesperson on a construction site, groundworkers set out and prepare the sub-surfaces ready for the structural work to begin, installing drainage systems, concreting, carrying out de-vegetation, interpreting design specifications and more. Groundworkers work throughout a construction project and often carry out the final tasks, such as laying driveways and footpaths.
While there are no formal qualifications needed to become a groundworker, there are several routes you could take to help you pursue this career. You could complete a college course, an apprenticeship or apply directly to an employer for work.
You should explore these routes to becoming a groundworker, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
If you’re involved with plant operations, you will need a Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) card.
Although there are no set entry requirements, anyone considering a career as a groundworker would benefit from achieving GCSE qualifications (or equivalent) in maths and English.
You could study for a Level 1 Certificate in Groundworks or Construction Skills, or a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Groundwork and General Construction.
An apprenticeship with a construction company is a good way into the industry.
You could complete a level 2 groundworker apprenticeship, which is equivalent to five GCSE passes and is highly regarded by construction employers.
There are no entry requirements, although you will need a good understanding of written and spoken English.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
You could apply directly to an employer to become a trainee groundworker, especially if you have some onsite experience in a similar role such as a labourer or plant operative. This would give you the opportunity to develop your skills, and your employer may provide training to help you progress to an experienced groundworker or senior groundworker.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a groundworker. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a groundworker include:
As a groundworker you will be working as part of a team who carry out the very first, and often last, work on a construction site. A groundworker is responsible for carrying out a wide range of duties, including:
The expected salary for a groundworker varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As a groundworker, you could build on your existing skillset by completing extra training and qualifications to specialise in a similar role, such as a plant operative, demolition operative or roadworker.
Alternatively, you could progress to a different role within construction, such as a bricklayer or carpenter.
With experience, you could become a site supervisor or construction manager.