Groundworker Apprenticeship Level 2 | Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

Begin your apprenticeship journey at BTC by applying for an apprenticeship on our website or through our prospectus form. Please apply for a full-time course as your second option. Then, have a look at relevant vacancies by visiting our vacancy page. If you haven’t found a suitable vacancy, you will automatically be placed into our Talent Pool. As a member of our Talent Pool, you will be the first to hear about new vacancies and we offer support with CVs, interview techniques, employability skills and much more!

This Apprenticeship is for construction labourers and groundworkers who are looking to learn the trade and achieve a formal qualification as a groundworker.

The Apprenticeship will be delivered at the Construction Skills and Innovation Centre, working with specialist trainers on practical projects at our 8 acre construction training facility.

Units of study/what is involved:

  • Health and Safety- you will learn about the principles of health, safety and welfare and environmentally responsible work practices.
  • Risk Assessments – you will understand the principles of risk assessment and create your own risk assessments for your practical projects. There are many hazards in construction that you will need to be aware of and you will be taught how to identify and mitigate those.
  • Read a variety of construction drawings, including Building Information Modelling (BIM) and be able to interpret a range of construction site documentation.
  • Different methods of construction, both traditional and modern.
  • How to move, handle and store a range of construction resources.
  • You will use a range of equipment to set out and prepare your groundworks projects including measuring equipment, wacker plates, hand tools, power tools and laser levels.
  • You will mix mortars and concrete by hand and by mixer, making sure the correct ratios are used before laying concrete to a range of finishes.
  • You will install and test basic drainage and ducting, working to falls to make sure the systems work effectively.
  • You will learn about ground preparation and use geo-membranes to stabilise the soil for excavations and reinstatement.
  • You will work on various concreting projects to calculate the materials needed before pouring oversights, paths and forming slabs.
  • You will learn how to set out and lay patios, pavers and edgings.
  • You will learn how to form basic brickwork and work to prepare access covers and frames.
  • You will learn how to locate and excavate buried services using a CAT and electronic location instruments.
  • You will learn how to reinstate excavations and surfaces from a variety of sub-bases.
  • You will learn how to direct and guide vehicles, plant and machinery around the site safely.

Click here to view the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education Standard for this course.

Assessment Methods

Remote and class based theory sessions can be recorded and revisited via your online Microsoft Teams class page.

Interactive practical instruction at the Construction Skills and Innovation Centre in Cannington will form the majority of your training time. You will be formatively assessed throughout your apprenticeship to make sure you have the skills and knowledge to successfully complete your EPA.

Workplace visits from our team of specialist trainers will support you with building your portfolio of evidence.

English and maths sessions will be available to support you to achieve the required standards of the Apprenticeship.

Progression Options

Successful completion of the Apprenticeship could lead on to more
supervisory roles and courses in the construction industry. Alternatively, the
CSIC facility offers a range of CPCS plant training which could also be a
progression route to becoming a machine operator.

Course Summary

Course Title Groundworker Apprenticeship Level 2
Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but a proactive attitude and positive
work ethic will be required to successfully complete the Apprenticeship.

Individuals without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level
and take the test for Level 2 English and maths prior to taking the End Point
Assessment. This can be completed throughout the duration of your apprenticeship
and a team of tutors will support you through this process.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the
apprenticeship English and maths minimum requirement is Entry level 3 and
British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to English
qualifications for who this is their primary.

Attendance Requirements You will attend College on a block release basis and be required to collect evidence and complete work remotely on an e-portfolio system. A member of our specialist trainer team will visit you on site and support you to build your portfolio of evidence in readiness for your EPA.
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