Level 2 Land-Based Service Engineer Apprenticeship

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Are you one for getting your hands dirty whilst learning new skills? An apprenticeship as a Land-Based Service Engineer could be right for you. This could be your ideal entryway into a brand new career, or simply stepping up your current role to the next level. Whatever your approach, read on to find out more about this unique and exciting opportunity.

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Role description and entry requirements for engineers

Prior to diving in head first into a (potentially) new career, you should know what is required.

Land-Based Service Engineers will work of their own initiative on an employers premise under supervision of a senior technician. This one role contains a wide variety of tasks, including: preparation of new & second-hand equipment for sale, performing routine service and maintenance on said equipment, and conducting operation and systems testing. In reality, LBSE’s will be required to perform a wide range of duties. It’s a strict environment with the opportunity to develop useful knowledge, as well as learn the disciplines of safe working practice.

This may sound pretty heavy hitting right now, but this is a fantastic path to explore. Especially if you love the outdoors! Now let’s talk entry requirements. These are set by the employers but will typically include English and Maths GCSEs at a C/4 or equivalent. It is preferred that potential candidates also have a basic understanding of ICT, but this isn’t strictly necessary to begin with. Don’t panic if you haven’t got recent English and Maths certificates, however. There will be a chance to complete these before the end point assessment of the apprenticeship.

Occupational behaviours and knowledge of an engineer

As well as the entry requirements it’s vital that Land-Based Service Engineer apprentices adhere to a certain set of behaviours. This is to ensure success both in their role and in the overall company.

These behaviours include being:

  • Safety orientated – disciplined, responsible, risk-adverse.
  • Quality focused – logical, good listener, seeks opportunities to improve.
  • A strong communicator – open, honest, respectful.
  • A team player – considerate, pro-active, interactive with others.
  • Open to learn – reflective, adaptable, attentive.

These behaviours should be demonstrated in the day-to-day work environment. It is vital to adhere to them, not only for personal development, but also for safety reasons.

By the end of the apprenticeship, you will also have a decent bank of knowledge under your belt. It’s important that our apprentices understand how to operate within this working environment as well as how to do the job itself. This is to ensure the safety of workers, both during their apprenticeship and after.

This is a unique aspect of practical apprenticeships such as this one.

Knowledge requirements include:

  • How to comply with Health & Safety at Work Act.
  • How to comply with Manual Handling regulations and the abrasive wheel regulations.
  • Learning workplace procedures, such as the chain of command and company staff handbook.
  • How to record information.
  • Workshop best practices, such as tool identification and storage.
  • Knowing the methods of thermally and chemically joining metals and components.
  • Learning the operating principles of certain machinery.
  • Interpreting and accessing technical data relating to machinery and equipment.
  • Handing over machinery, plant and equipment to the control of another.
  • A good grasp on emergency first aid.

Again, it sounds like a lot to begin with! But it certainly will be worth it by the time you reach your end point assessment.

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What you will learn as a Land-Based Service Engineer

Speaking of end point assessment, by the time you get there you will have a wealth of knowledge at your disposal. All things you will be able to take with you into the wider working world. Below are a list of the key things you will learn on this apprenticeship:

  • Select and apply appropriate tools and equipment.
  • Demonstrate dexterity, resourcefulness, and a professional approach.
  • Maintain and conduct basic repairs and maintenance activities under supervision.
  • Thermally and chemically join metals and materials.
  • Access and interpret technical data relating to service and maintenance operations.
  • Communicate well with customers and colleagues, written and oral.
  • Expressing technical information in clear concise terms whilst demonstrating customer care principles.
  • Work efficiently both under supervision, individually and as a team member.
  • Demonstrate a logical, safe and systematic approach to work practices.
  • Carry out operational tests on low technology plant, equipment and machinery.


If you’re looking for a unique, hands-on apprenticeship, then a Level 2 Land-Based Service Engineer could be just the right one for you. The skills you will learn will open up a wide range of job opportunities within the Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture sector. Some examples of this are Agricultural Service Engineer, Forestry Equipment Service Engineer, or an Outdoor Power Equipment Service Engineer. Employers are looking towards apprenticeships to accelerate their work force, and this opportunity could be just what you need to take your first steps within such a specialist industry.

For a more in depth look at this apprenticeship, you can read the brief full brief here.

Not feeling like the right fit? Why not take a look at Apprentice Tips full range of Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeships here.

Level 6 (Degree) Environmental Practitioner

Do you want to be in an ever growing employment sector, with organisations of all types seeking to promote sustainable growth? If so, read on to find out how the level 6 degree environmental practitioner apprenticeship could help start a new career. Alternatively, you could change roles within your current organisation and complete the apprenticeship training

Jobs and entry criteria for the apprenticeship

The environmental practitioner apprenticeship provides opportunities for an apprentice to learn the skills required to perform typical daily roles. These include tasks such as creating, planning, and coordinating the timely delivery of highly complex technical input, advice and guidance, identifying and addressing issues that arise, and refining the approach to be taken, to environmental projects. The environmental practitioner apprenticeship provides an excellent opportunity for starting on a pathway that offers excellent career progression opportunities. You can future proof your career by using the level 6 degree environmental practitioner apprenticeship as a starting point. You may even be able to use experience picked up in this role to boost you to further progression opportunities!

Practitioners will also be aware and responsible for:

  • initiation, coordination, and management of technical input from a wide range of specialists,
  • ensuring projects and programmes are planned and delivered effectively and in a timely manner
  • the compliance and review of these projects with relevant regulatory requirements
  • line management or development responsibilities for other team members, such as Environmental Technicians
  • their own capability and capacity and seek help from others such as specialist technical experts to support them in their role
  • operating effectively within their organisational, financial, and resource constraints and policies, and being compliant with statutory safety and employment regulations
  • maintaining high levels of professional conduct, ethical behaviour and integrity at all times

Environmental Practitioners can also be involved in a range of more specialist fields covering air quality, acoustics, ecology, landscape, heritage and water resources, and as such this can be reflected in job titles such as Air Quality Engineer, Acoustics Engineer, Energy Engineer, Energy and Renewables Engineer, Waste Planner, Water Environmental Consultant, Water and Flood Risk Consultant, Flood Risk Advisor, Cities Engineer, Energy Manager, Sustainability Architect, or Environmental Regulatory Consultant.


Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Professional recognition

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) for Practitioner (PIEMA)
  • Institute of Environmental Sciences (IES) for Associate Member
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for Chartered Environmental Surveyor (MRICS)
  • Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) for Non-Chartered Member (MCIWEM)
  • Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) for Associate member
  • Society for the Environment for REnvTech


As you can see, the level 6 degree environmental practitioner is an excellent starting point for anyone looking to pursue a career in environmental science. The core skills covered in the apprenticeship will open up a wide range of job opportunities. In addition, you will earn while you learn and excellent progression opportunities exist to advance your career, not to mention your degree! Employers are keen to use apprenticeship to shape how their employees learn and progress. The type of job roles that will open up over the coming years could be endless for anyone that commits their future to a career in environmental science.

For a more technical look at this apprenticeship, you should check out the full job role here

Tramway Construction Operative Apprenticeship [Level 2]

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Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative – You will set up and maintain the construction of tramways

Have you just finished school and looking to start a new career in the construction sector? Do you love having hands-on experience and enjoy working outdoors? If so, then you may be suited for a Level 2 Apprenticeship as a Tramway Construction Operative. Read on to see if this role is right for you. This guide will give you an overview of what to expect and qualifications you will need.

What is a Tramway Construction Operative?

A Tramway Constructive Operative plays a crucial role in the construction industry. This course typically lasts 18 months. This apprenticeship involves a high standard of technical work relating to the construction and renewal of the Tramway the environment. A typical day might consist of setting up and maintaining a temporary traffic management system. Additional duties also include carrying out site clearance activities; the removal of waste and reusable items. Using a range of handheld tools and equipment is key in this role. Do you enjoy interacting with a range of people? As an apprentice, you will meet people from various parts of the sector, such as engineers, designers and councils. As a result, you will get exposure to different construction methods, gaining transferable skills essential to any role! You can also check out some more construction apprenticeship roles on offer.

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Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative – You will be responsible for the renewal of tramways

What Skills Can I Gain From an Apprenticeship?


  • Planing and installing traffic systems, barriers and walkways
  • Supporting construction renewal activities
  • Communicating with teams and also being the central point for any questions and queries
  • Working in accordance with health and safety regulations


  • The tramway environment, including history, customers, structures
  • The principles of civil engineering
  • Construction and inspection methods and techniques
  • Safe working practices and code of conduct


  • Professionalism
  • Customer Service
  • Confident in taking accountability and questioning methods
  • Reliable and dependable

What Do I Need?

Level 1 and 2 English and Mathematics is required for this apprenticeship. You will need to take Level 2 English and Mathematics before your EPA, if you do not have this. Additionally, a knowledge of the tramway environment is desirable. Specifically, understanding how pedestrianised and traffic areas relate to each other. Communication skills are essential as you will be liaising with various stakeholders throughout your role.

How Much Does a Tramway Construction Operative Earn?

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.81 per hour. However, upon completing your first year, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate for your age. Typically, a Tramway Construction Operative earns around £36,000 annually.


This Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative apprenticeship is a great way to kick-start your construction career. You will also gain the essential skills and qualifications to help develop yourself and your future.

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Fire Emergency/Security Systems Technician Apprenticeship

Level 3 Fire Emergency and Security Systems Technician Apprenticeship

Does installing and maintaining fire emergency and security systems for homes and commercial properties interest you? Do you value the safety of people’s working and home lives? Keep reading to see if this apprenticeship could be your ticket to a promising career in fire emergency and security systems.

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Jobs and entry criteria for the level 3 fire emergency and security systems technician apprenticeship

This apprenticeship provides the foundations for finding a role in the fire emergency and security systems sector. These include roles such as: fire alarm technician or security engineer. Fire alarm technician salaries average at £28,000 with an achievable salary of £38,000 making for a fruitful career option. If you are looking towards the security engineer role, this has an average salary of £40,000 with a potential salary of £74,000. This of course being the higher of the two salaries would be more lucrative, however, it is important to note that money is not the be-all and end-all and that it is important to search for a job role that you will enjoy and professionally prosper. The level 3 fire emergency and security systems technician apprenticeship could be the keystone to you successfully obtaining the career path you are looking for, and even breaching out to other related areas in the far future.

With regards to entry requirements, these will be determined individually by employers however apprentices must show the necessary literacy and numeracy skills required to achieve the main outcomes of the programme. However, apprentices who do not currently hold a level 2 in English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship. It is also important to note that an employer’s decision to employ you can heavily depend on whether or not they think that you are the right fit for their organisation.

What key responsibilities will you need for this apprenticeship?

The general role of a technician in this field is to be able to implement fire safety and security into systems situated in commercial buildings and homes. The main focus is the installation of these systems followed by maintenance to protect properties from risk and danger. The projects will vary in complexity, which as a technician you will gradually begin to understand and work towards becoming competent in this field.

Core Competencies

With regards to the job role, you will need to satisfy the following competencies:

  • Understand health and safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices.
  • Complete installation and testing techniques for electrical and electronic components, equipment and control systems for fire, emergency and security systems.
  • Understand fundamental principles and quality processes associated with industry/company codes of practices.
  • Understand fundamental design criteria, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire, emergency, security systems and components.
  • Know how to  store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or  receive data/information electronically in a digital form across a range of ICT applications (e.g. personal computers, digital transmission over IP, email, mobile communication technology).
  • Be compliant to environmental legislation and the impact of processes and technologies associated with fire, emergency and security systems.
  • Follow principles of high-quality customer service and the needs of others.
  • Use different communication styles, know how to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner and how to adapt communication style to suit different situations.
  • Understand commercial risks and responsibilities.

The competencies listed above will be detailed in the appropriate apprenticeship documents.

Knowledge modules

  • Fire
  • Security
  • Fire and emergency lighting
  • Fire and security (both themes have equal weighting throughout)
  • Working safely
  • System technologies
  • Supervisory

These are the general areas which you will be studying. Exams will be taken on these areas and is concluded by and end point assessment. This includes a knowledge test and a practical skills test, followed by a professional discussion.


Taking in the above-mentioned, you can see that the level 3 fire emergency and security systems technician apprenticeship creates a fantastic foundation for those pursuing a career in the fire safety/security industry. This course provides the necessary skills to advance your career and progress in this industry. With the way that the modern world is progressing, anyone who commits their career to fire safety/systems will have a plethora of career choices and a prosperous future ahead of themselves.

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Level 2 – Fencing Installer Apprenticeship

Role Overview

There’s much more to fence installation than you might think. A fencing installer has a lot of responsibilities. With the potential to operate in a variety of different environments, from commercial to residential, it will mean that no two days are the same. Due to the mass diversity in the industry, there are multiple opportunities available to anyone looking to start a fencing installer apprenticeship.

A fence installer does much more than placing down fencing. They are required to inspect locations and determine suitable areas to work in. They must also be able to recommend appropriate fencing materials that can be used for the build, ensuring these are all treated to withstand all weather conditions. Along with all this, a fence installer must also follow all health and safety guidelines.

Then, during the project, the installer must level out the ground the fence is being installed on. Once this has been achieved, they need to dig out the areas for the fencing to sit. To do this they use an array of tools including both handheld and/or mechanical excavators. They will then fix posts that are made from materials such as wood, vinyl and metal to the base. 

Fencing Installer Apprenticeship Overview

The fencing installer apprenticeship lasts 18 months, during which the apprentice will learn the skills and knowledge needed to kick-start their journey into the industry of fence installation. This apprenticeship standard comes with maximum funding of £8,000 and could earn the apprentice a level 2 qualification in fence installation. The EQA provider is the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. Throughout the 18 months, the apprentice will deal with a combination of practical and classroom-based learning.  

Why Apprenticeships?

As opposed to sitting in a classroom all day, a government apprenticeship offers valuable first-hand experience and skills in your desired industry. You will always be adding to your CV as the apprenticeship progresses, making you a more desirable candidate for any future roles you apply for. Whilst accruing the skills and knowledge of your industry of choice, you will also be earning a respectable wage.  

Perhaps you’re looking to further develop your skills in an industry you are currently working in. Although you may have your foot in the door you might be thinking about creating more opportunities for yourself and an apprenticeship can help you develop new skills as well as improve those you already have. Or maybe you need some further qualifications to make yourself an appropriate candidate for a promotion.  

No matter the reason, there is an apprenticeship for you. Here we take a deep dive into the Level 2 Fencing Installer apprenticeship.  

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The skills the apprentice will learn and develop: 

  • Communication 
  • Interpersonal 
  • Operate and control a variety of equipment/tools 
  • Customer service 
  • Quality control 
  • How to treat different materials 
  • The difference between fence components 
  • Carrying our risk assessments  
  • Follow health and safety guidelines 
  • Reading plans and briefs 


The knowledge the apprentice will gain: 

  • Safety conscious behaviour  
  • Differences between materials and their pros and cons 
  • The purpose of the different types of fences 
  • Storing and handling different materials and tools 
  • Reading and interpreting measurements 
  • Treating and repairing different materials 


  • Strong work ethic, making sure the best service is being provided 
  • Must be able to use their own initiative when making decisions 
  • Good time management 
  • Work sensibly and safely to comply with guidelines 
  • Must be able to work to a high standard independently and as a team 
  • Attention to detail 

Future Jobs

Some of the opportunities a fencing installer apprenticeship can lead to: 

  • Work towards a degree apprenticeship 
  • Self-employment, creating a new firm 
  • Lead installer 
  • Contract management 
  • Landscaping 
  • Construction labourer 

There are also a variety of different industries: 

  • Domestic 
  • Agricultural 
  • Commercial 
  • Security 
  • Infrastructure 

Potential Salary 

Throughout the 18 months an apprentice can expect to receive a weekly wage of anywhere from £129 – £300+ a week, depending on the hours worked and the employer. After the apprenticeship, the average salary for a starter fence installer is £18,000 a year. 

Entry Requirements 

As this is a level 2 apprenticeship, there is only one requirement that requires the applicant to be over the age of 16.  


By the end of the apprenticeship, the apprentice must have both Level 1 and 2 English and Math qualifications. This will be required before entering the end-point assessment. The apprentice will also gather enough knowledge to help meet the requirements of the Fencing Industry Skill Standard/Construction Skills Certification Scheme (FISS/CSCS).  


If you’re someone who loves working outdoors and always taking on new challenges then a fencing installation apprenticeship is the one for you. If you’d like to learn more about the role then click here

Perhaps you don’t quite see yourself becoming a fence installer but like the sound of working outdoors, take a look at these other engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships


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Level 3 Digital Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

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Do you have a passion to help a wider team complete complex tasks using digital techniques? If this sounds like it would suit you, read on to find out how the Level 3 Digital Engineering Technician apprenticeship could help start your new career.

Key Responsibilities of a Digital Engineering Technician Apprentice

A Digital Engineering Technician helps produce detailed solutions to achieve the best performance of built environment projects through the use of digital models and presentations produced using software, sketches and electronic visualisations. This role will help support Digital Engineers and other functional specialists in completing complex tasks using digital techniques.

Entry Requirements for the Level 3 Digital Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

What does it take to get on a digital engineering technician apprenticeship? The typical entry requirements for this apprenticeship are 5 GCSEs or equivalent, including Maths and English; or a Level 2 apprenticeship. Employers may have their own entry requirements, so it is best to check with them to see what they ask for.

Core Competencies of a Digital Engineering Technician Apprentice

The course lasts 36 months, not including the End-Point Assessment (EPA) period. During this time, you will carry out many duties that could help fulfil different core competencies which you will be assessed on. Examples of some duties include:

  • Virtualisation and simulation;
  • Digital management of design, production and management of assets;
  • Communicate complex engineering principles to stakeholders;
  • Integration of construction data and information;
  • Follow the standards and regulation of digital information.

Digital Engineering Technician Knowledge Modules

Throughout this apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to learn whilst on the job. However, you will also have knowledge modules that will help you understand:

  • Health and safety industry regulations, and how to identify basic health and safety outputs digitally
  • Sustainability issues in projects across various aspects
  • How engineering principles, codes and standards work in built environment
  • Principles of the commercial procedures and reporting on stages of construction project
  • Quantification and costing within a digital environment
  • How design brief proposals are prepared
  • Aware of how to apply technology and the human to technology interfaces
  • The importance of project planning and resourcing
  • The quality required throughout the lifecycle
  • The construction industry and its sectors
  • Awareness of objectives set by clients and employers
  • Basic research techniques to ensure integrity of knowledge discovery

The apprenticeship will help you understand these knowledge, skills and behaviours which will help you in your future career and further qualifications if you decide to continue pursuing this career path.

Qualifications You’ll Earn from the Digital Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Once you have completed a digital engineering technician apprenticeship, you will gain qualifications in the following:

  • English and Maths will be required to be demonstrated at Level 2;
  • BTEC Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment;
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Built Environment Design.

These qualifications are equivalent to A-levels.

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Potential Jobs and Future Career

After completing this apprenticeship, you could progress to Construction Design Manager, Construction Quantity Surveyor, Construction Site Manager, and Civil Engineering Site Manager. Should you want to pursue a job as a Construction Design Manager, they apply similar skills that you would learn on this apprenticeship, such as commercial awareness, communication, and attention to detail. Construction Design Managers have an average salary of £25,000 to £90,000 so it is a lucrative career that you could look at developing in.

Other careers like Construction Quantity Surveyor have salaries that start from £25,000 and could go up to £80,000 at senior management levels. Similar to Construction Design Managers, this role has skills that can be applied that you will learn on the digital engineering technician apprenticeship.

The digital engineering technician apprenticeship has been designed to deliver the right competencies, knowledge and understanding to meet the requirements of Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) or other industry affiliated schemes, so you will not be ill-equipped if you decide to continue pursuing a career in this field.

Professional Regulation

As mentioned, the knowledge, skills and behaviours from this apprenticeship are required to help achieve Technician/Associate status through the following professional institutions:

The professional review process is also included in the assessment process of the apprenticeship.


For someone considering a construction career, this apprenticeship is a great starting point to get the transferable skills you need to continue developing as a digital engineering technician. A Digital Engineering Technician Apprenticeship will allow you to gain qualifications which will give you a strong foothold in further qualifications and professional regulations in this sector. In addition to learning and building your skills, you will be able to earn money and work in a real work environment, equipping you with the skills needed to succeed as you develop your career.

For more information on other related apprenticeships, take a look at our posts on other apprenticeship standards:

Level 6 Civil Engineering Apprenticeship

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First things first – what is Civil Engineering?

Before we get to the Civil Engineering Apprenticeship – a Civil Engineer is in charge of much of the visible infrastructure around us. They plan, design, construct & maintain the important structures and facilities within society, such as: roads, airports, bridges, tunnels & much more. You only need look outside to see the vast & important work that a Civil Engineer does.

As a Civil Engineer you can work in both the public and private sector – for instance local/central government departments, engineering consultancies, research and development and more. Within these organisations, some of the roles could include:

  • Sustainable construction
  • Utilities
  • Rail
  • Water engineering
  • Nuclear Power
  • Structural Integrity
  • Geotechnics
  • Tunnelling
  • Marine & Coastal Engineering
  • Waste Management
  • Flood Management
  • Transportation

Level 6 Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

Who is this suitable for?

  • Students leaving school interested in an alternative study route
  • Existing employees keen to develop further skills & knowledge

What are the entry requirements?

Firstly, and most obviously, to apply for a degree apprenticeship in Civil Engineering you will need to be in the employ of a relevant business or organization.

Candidates typically will need to have at least three A levels between the grades A*-C within subjects including mathematics and a science such as chemistry, physics or any other earth sciences. The equivalent qualifications could also be gained from the completion of a Level 3 Apprenticeship within the same medium of study (Civil Engineering).

What are the qualifications you will gain?

On the completion of your Level 6 Apprenticeship you will gain an accredited BSc or BEng civil engineering degree from the Joint Board of Moderators.

Additionally, Apprentices without level 2 English & maths will need to successfully achieve this prior to completing their end-point assessment.

Typical length of Apprenticeship prior to Gateway?

Usually a Level 6 Apprenticeship will last 66 months, not including the EPA period, and is the equivalent of a degree.

What can you expect to learn during this apprenticeship?

A Civil Engineer will develop knowledge across:

  • Engineering Materials – here you will be introduced to the key materials you will work with in civil engineering. This will include topics such as soil mechanics & geology, as well as encounters with materials like steel, brick, concrete, ceramics and organic materials. Within this you shall develop a deep understanding of the properties of these materials and how they can be effectively applied in your role as a Civil Engineer.
  • Engineering Mathematics & Mechanics – this is an essential part of your studies & career progression within civil engineering, as you will a full and comprehensive understanding of the advanced mathematical techniques that are used within this field & construction. The mathematical & mechanical skills gained from this course will in turn enable you to solve problems within the field civil engineering.
  • Structural Analysis & Design – You will learn how elements such as steel & reinforces concrete behave when used structurally – gaining an in-depth understanding of how they are designed. Additionally, you will have broad knowledge of the technologies, both old and emerging, in the construction industry.
  • Graphical Communication & IT – As a civil engineer you must be able to effectively use modern design and graphical communication tools, necessary within the civil engineering industry. This includes basic fundamental skills such as hand sketching and drawing, as well as confidently produce two and three-dimensional Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings. Graphical communication also encompasses Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Engineering Surveying – here you will gain a clear understanding of both the basic principles, as well as the activities and skills needed for the planning and execution of surveys for the planning, design, development ,construction, operation, and maintenance of engineered projects. This includes gaining practical skills using surveying instruments.
  • Infrastructure Engineering – this will expand your knowledge and understanding of infrastructure topics such as rail, water, highways and transport. This focus on the urban environment will allow you to truly appreciate the process of planning, designing, rational problem-solving involved in the creation & implementation of new major infrastructure. You will also consider sustainable infrastructure, the environmental impact of such schemes, and the legislation that effects all decisions at this level.
  • Ethics & Moral Responsibilities – As a Civil Engineer you will be granted considerable responsibilities – so it is vital you understand the ethical codes that must be upheld within your new chosen profession.
  • Project Management – You will learn not only how to manage teams effectively, but also how to effectively run complex projects end-to-end – this will include the planning of resources, contracts, financial costs, regulating of quality standards, considering risks and resolutions, profitability and much more.

Why Choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

Within a Civil Engineering Level 6 Apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to not only gain a BSC or BEng accredited degree in Civil Engineering, but alongside your studies develop vital work-based skills, all whilst earning a wage at the same time.

A considerable advantage of a degree apprenticeship is the on-the-job training – as you will have many extra years of relevant work experience – potentially opening up great career opportunities and industry connections along the way. All of this could in turn boost your overall employability and chances to progress in your career.

Additionally, due to new government funding you won’t have to pay any University tuition. Why? Because your employer will be fully responsible for all course fees.


What type of degree is this?

This is a non-integrated degree, which means that there will be a separate end-point assessment. This assessment will test your overall knowledge, capability, key behaviours and skills developed over the course of your chosen degree. This will standalone from your degree assessment.

Fees & Funding

Maximum funding is £27,000. This is the maximum that the government will offer to fund apprenticeship training. You yourself do not have to fund an apprenticeship, all money will come from the government.

What is the Joint Board of Moderators

The Joint Board of Moderators are group of institutions that assess and offer guidance on the accreditation of pertinent educational courses. If approved, graduates of the course can register as a professional engineer with the Engineering Council. In a nutshell, they help to set the standard for Civil Engineering in the UK.

The organizations that form the Joint Board of Moderators are:

How do I apply for an Apprenticeship

Usually you would be enrolled by the company that you are working for, however you can search for Apprenticeship either through the website listed above, or for more information on how to become enrolled in a Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship visit https://findapprenticeshiptraining.apprenticeships.education.gov.uk/courses/200


A Level 6 Civil Engineering Apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for you to drive your own career progression in an exciting and varied industry.

In completion of the course you will not only have an accredited degree, but over 5 years work experience and importantly gained some invaluable industry connections.

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Launch your career as a Utilities Engineering Technician with a Level 3 apprenticeship

A Utilities Engineering Technician works on an electrical device on site.

Have you always had a bit of a flare for repairing systems which other people find too complicated? Have you always wanted a career where every day is different? A Level 3 Utilities Engineering Technician apprenticeship can be your launchpad to a successful and prosperous career.

So what does a normal day look like for a Utilities Engineering Technician?

Utilities Engineering Technicians often find themselves in the field on various sites, performing maintenance on electrical and mechanical equipment to ensure the safety of others and to ensure that sites are running at maximum efficiency. A job such as this is highly skilled and requires a punctual mindset.

Here are some specific tasks you will be responsible for on a daily basis, should you become a Level 3 Utilities Engineering Technician:

  • Carry out routine inspections, monitoring conditions and reporting on those conditions
  • Follow and comply with the latest health and safety and environmental regulations for the industry you are working in
  • Carry out maintenance on waste and water systems, plant and equipment
  • Use state-of-the-art machinery to create, repair and modify components
  • Stick to planned maintenance procedures but also being prepared to act reactively to issues
  • Communicate with contractors, giving advice and guidance on equipment usage
  • Handover and confirm completion of activities
  • Interpret computer data and work to specifications and documentation
  • Carry out risk assessments
  • Carry out safe isolation of equipment
  • Drive vehicles with the necessary equipment on board to carry out site tasks
  • Install, maintain and replace equipment as and when needed

How do you know if this role is right for you?

Certain jobs require a person with a certain mindset and attract a certain personality. This is no different with a Level 3 Utilities Engineering Apprenticeship. Here are some common traits and behaviours among Utility Engineers.

  • Self disciplined, self-motivated and punctual
  • Takes responsibility for their own work, and the work for those they are responsible for
  • Has a polite and professional demeanour
  • Has the ability to think and act quickly
  • Are risk aware and can minimise risk
  • Prepared and organised
A Utilities Engineering Technician collaborating with others on site to diagnose a problem.

A fully qualified Utility Engineer will have three roles, in which this apprenticeship will give you thorough experience and training.


The Electrical side of Utility Engineering will involve the inspection, monitoring, maintenance and repairing of electrical systems. This means, daily, you will need to test electrical equipment on a range of different sites and assist with the installation of new or modified equipment. Diagnosing electrical issues requires being able to diagnose faults on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.


The mechanical side of Utility Engineering will involve the application of mechanical theories to carry out diagnostics. On a regular basis, you will be testing mechanical equipment and assist in installing them. Once fully qualified, you will be using your mechanical skillset to install, maintain and dismantle a wide range of complex plant machinery. Maintenance is one aspect, but you will also be expected to ensure machinery is running at maximum efficiency. This may involve the modification or application of lubricants.

Instrumental Control and Automation

This side of Utility Engineering involves maintaining, repairing, and monitoring instrumentation and control equipment and circuits. It will be your responsibility to test and calibrate equipment and circuits and assisting in the installation of them. You will be able to identify problems because of data feedback and use this data to carry out repairs. Not only will you be able to carry out these tasks, but you will also be responsible in guiding and supporting the users of the equipment on a day-to-day basis, to prevent the need to carry out repairs in the future.

What can you expect from the apprenticeship course itself?

Due to level of skills required in this role, an apprenticeship of this type will typically take up to 48 months to complete. If you do not meet the minimum level 2 English and Maths requirements, you will need to achieve this level before you can complete their apprenticeship. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be eligible for an Engineering Technician professional registration. This apprenticeship is Level 3.


If you are technical, love to be hands on and are driven to succeed, a Level 3 Utilities Engineering Technician apprenticeship might just be for you. Engineering is in the top 20 highest earning career types, making this career pathway a tough one to beat.

If you would like to learn more about this apprenticeship, or would like to apply, get in touch with us today.

Textile Manufacturing Operative – Level 2 Apprentice

Textile Manufacturing Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships route is becoming more meaningful to young people. It’s provides opportunities for young people to explore their career paths while studying also. We aim to provide career opportunities to young people.Therefore, we have an opportunity for you to become a Textile Manufacture. You’ll gain a level 2 qualification, alongside with critical work experience.

Why become an apprentice ?

An apprenticeship program is a good way to build working skills and earn a valuable qualification. For example, an apprenticeship can help you gain access to a company as a full time employee and become a valuable member to the team. This will put you in a strong position to land a permanent role.

Apprenticeships appeal to those interested alternatives to university as they take a more practical approach to learning. Studying for an apprenticeship is free compared to studying at University which will cost £9,250 per year in tuition fees. Therefore, leaving a student for young people to pay. However, an apprenticeship is free and on completion you may hold an NVQ, HNC, BTEC or HND.

What is a Textile Manufacturing Operative – Level 2 Apprentice ?

A textile Manufacturing Operative is a occupation who works within the textile Manufacturing industry and produces textiles. In detail, you’ll be working for 18 months ( does not include EPA period) learning how to carding, spinning, twisting, warping and other roles at introductory level of manufacturing. As you’ll be enrolled as an apprentice, you’ll be known as ‘operative’ and report to a technician, supervisor or line manager.

The apprentice responsibility’s is to display consistency while developing textile production in a manufacturing environment. Usually there are less than 250 employees which gives you the chance to flourish in this field. Apprentices that complete this apprentice go into full time employment at the company.

Did you know that manufacturing technologies is the most popular apprenticeship framework in 2019/20, with 14,000 starts. This means that this industry is growing and companies are more willing to take onboard younger people in this field, which leads onto apprentices having successful careers.

What are the daily responsibilities ?

  • Demonstrate the health, safety & welfare acts to ensure safety management is in place
  • Display quality standards by checking production and quality of manufactured textile products
  • Interpret Data & instructions by viewing production records, specifications and process meeting plans
  • utilising raw materials associated with textile production from raw fibre. Knowledge of products such as fibre-yarn-fabric & natural and man-made fibres
  • Conducting time management skills
  • Portraying Textile manufacturing Techniques by using the equipment to understand appearances, measurements and production sequencing routines
  • Precision and focus on maintaining the highest standards of precision and excellence as appropriate to mechanise textile production
  • Knowledge of the supply chain of how goods and service arrive at the business and where they go to after being manufactured

Do I receive qualification from this ?

Apprenticeships are different to traditional academic qualifications because they combine practice and theory with a mixture of on-the-job and off-the-job training. To enroll successfully you’d need to have both level 1 English and Maths to take the test for level 2 before taking their end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or legacy statement the apprenticeships English and Maths minimum requirements is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for whom their is their primary Language. 

At the end of the 18 Month Apprenticeship the apprentice is awarded certificate as a Textile Manufacturing Operative – Level 2 Apprentice .

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Level 7 Systems Engineer Apprenticeship

Level 7 Systems Engineer degree apprentice at work

Does solving complex engineering challenges by overseeing the engineering, business and management parts of a system or project sound exciting to you? Then a Level 7 Systems Engineer Apprenticeship might be the program to start your professional career!

In this article, you will find information on the following points (click on any of them to go straight away to that part):

1. Occupational Profile for Systems Engineering

1.1. What is Systems engineering

Systems engineering is a multidisciplinary field that combines the responsibilities of engineering and management. It is a process that defines, plans, and implements the projects for the development, integration, operation, and maintenance of systems.

The most common form of systems engineering is project-based. It revolves around major projects such as transportation infrastructure development and environmental protection projects. The other form of system engineering is product-based, and it focuses on designing and developing products like computers or coffee makers.

1.2. Who is it for?

Level 7 apprenticeships are equivalent to a masters degree, so this apprenticeship standard is for self-motivated graduates with an upper second class or higher award in an electronic engineering or another science degree.

1.3. What does a Systems Engineer do at work?

As a Systems Engineer apprentice you will work closely with project managers and employees from business development and/or sales teams. You might be responsible for building and managing teams of skilled workers and specialists in scientific and technological areas.

As a Systems Engineer you may also have a customer-oriented role, to supervise the system and make sure that it meets customer and user needs and expectations.

1.4. What jobs can you get with a Level 7 Systems Engineer Apprenticeship?

People who choose this career often hold jobs like: Lead Engineer, Project Engineer, Technical Lead, Acquisition Engineer; Systems Engineer; Test Engineer; Requirements Engineer; Requirements Manager, Systems Architect, Systems Designer, Systems Analyst, Engineering Manager, Systems Specialist, Technical Manager, in-service Engineer, Through-life Systems Engineer, Operation and Support Engineer, Acceptance Engineer, Integration Engineer, Interface Manager.

2. Key duties of a Systems Engineer (Level 7) apprentice

As part of your job role as a Systems Engineer, you will perform tasks and duties that will allow you to meet certain competencies. Some of these key duties will be:

  • Define and manage the system lifecycle for a project
  • Define and manage project requirements
  • Manage project risk
  • Model and analyse systems
  • Generate solution concepts
  • Architect and design systems
  • Plan and manage systems integration
  • Plan and execute system verification and validation
  • Provide technical leadership within a project
  • Support transition of the system into the operational environment
  • Provide systems-level in-service support of the system
  • Support technical aspects of project management
  • Take responsibility for configuration and data management
  • Co-ordinate technical outputs and work of multi-disciplinary teams
Systems Engineer working on a production system in a factory.
Level 7 Systems Engineer apprentice working on a production system in a factory.
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3. Knowledge, skills, behaviours of a Systems Engineer (Level 7)

There are several knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required of a systems engineer. Throughout your apprenticeship you will develop and improve each one of these. To see the complete lists, visit Institute for Apprenticeships’ “Systems Engineer Degree page.

3.1. Knowledge required to be a Systems Engineer

  • K1. Systems engineering lifecycle processes.
  • K2. The role a system plays in the super system of which it is a part.
  • K3. The characteristics of good quality requirements and the need for traceability.
  • K4. The distinction between risk, issue, and opportunity and the different forms of treatment available.
  • K5. The benefits and risks associated with modelling and analysis.
  • K6. How creativity, ingenuity, experimentation and accidents or errors, often lead to technological and engineering successes and advances.
  • K7. Different types of systems architecture and techniques used to support the architectural design process (i.e. the specification of systems elements and their relationships).
  • K8. Non-functional design attributes such as manufacturability, testability, reliability, maintainability, affordability, safety, security, human factors, environmental impacts, robustness and resilience, flexibility, interoperability, capability growth, disposal, cost, natural variations, etc.
  • K9. Integration as a logical sequence to confirm the system design, architecture, and interfaces.
  • K10. Interface management and its potential impact on the integrity of the system solution.

3.2. Skills required to be a Systems Engineer

  • S1. Select appropriate lifecycle for a system or element of a system and establish its lifecycle stages and the relationships between them.
  • S2. Define context of a system from a range of viewpoints including system boundaries and external interfaces.
  • S3. Use appropriate methods to analyse stakeholder needs to produce good quality, consistent requirements with acceptance criteria and manage them throughout system development.
  • S4. Identify, analyse, recommend treatment, and monitor and communicate risks and opportunities throughout project.
  • S5. Generate a physical, mathematical, or logical representation of a system entity, phenomenon or process.
  • S6. Apply creativity, innovation and problem solving techniques to system development or operation.
  • S7. Define the systems architecture and derived requirements to produce an implementable solution that enables a balanced and optimum result that considers all stakeholder requirements across all stages of the lifecycle.
  • S8. Identify, define, and control interactions across system or system element boundaries.
  • S9. Assemble a set of system elements and aggregate into the realised system, product, or service using appropriate techniques to test interfaces, manage data flows, implement control mechanisms, and verify that elements and aggregates perform as expected.
  • S10. Define verification plans (including tests) to obtain objective evidence that a system of system element fulfils its specified requirements and characteristics.

3.3. Behaviours that a Systems Engineer should demonstrate

  • B1. Adopt and encourage within the team an holistic thinking approach to system development.
  • B2. Perform negotiations with stakeholders recognizing different styles of negotiating parties and adapts own style accordingly.
  • B3. Adopt and encourage within the team a critical thinking approach using a logical critique of work including assumptions, approaches, arguments, conclusions, and decisions.
  • B4. Take personal responsibility for health and safety practices and sustainable development.
  • B5. Operate with integrity and in an ethical manner and ensure that team members perform with integrity and in an ethical manner.
  • B6. Take a proactive and systematic approach to resolving operational issues.
  • B7. Maintain awareness of developments in sciences, technologies and related engineering disciplines.

4. Entry criteria for a Level 7 Systems Engineer Degree

Each employer and academic training provider can have their own entry criteria. What would normally be expected from the apprentice is to have already achieved:

  • a level 5 STEM qualification and 5 years relevant experience


  • a level 3 or 4 STEM qualification and 10 years relevant experience.

5. Qualification and link to Professional Recognition after completion

After completion of the apprenticeship program, you will get awarded a master’s degree in Systems Engineering.

You will also achieve the standard of Practitioner against a selected profile of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) competencies.

Finally, the program will also provide you with a route towards the knowledge, experience and competence required to apply for recognition by INCOSE as a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) and to apply to be registered by the Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

6. Conclusion

The Level 7 Systems Engineer apprenticeship is a great program to take your career to the next level, by increasing your knowledge and skills in systems engineering.

With its completion, you will get awarded a masters degree, and be able to efficiently take roles as a Lead Engineer, Project Engineer, Technical Lead, Acquisition Engineer, Systems Engineer, Test Engineer, etc.

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