Level 2 Structural Steelwork Erector Apprenticeship

Have you just finished school and looking for a way into the construction industry? Have you got an eye for design and are adept at turning plans into reality? If I am describing you, you may be suited to a Level 2 apprenticeship as a Structural Steelwork Erector! Check out the rest of the post to find out more about the role and what it can offer!

Structural Steelwork Erector Apprenticeship: What is it? What do I need?

Put simply, this apprenticeship is a doorway into the construction industry via on the job training and experience. You will often be the first team on the construction site, creating a steel frame which will be the foundation for any site/building you are working on. As this is the first step in the construction of buildings, there is a high level of precision and planning required that can only be gained from the hands-on experience that this apprenticeship grants you. You will have exposure to many different construction methods and equipment which can help you specialise as a steelworker, or transfer into other areas of construction.

Typically, this apprenticeship lasts 24 months. However, this can be extended or shortened based on prior experience/performance. This apprenticeship offers a level two qualification upon completion of the End point assessment which is a well-respected qualification to be able to add to your CV. But arguably more important is the onsite experience you would be gaining whilst completing the qualification.

In terms of entry requirements, you will need to have:

  • English level 2 (if you do not have this it will be required before the EPA)
  • Maths level 2 (if you do not have this it will be required before the EPA)

What skills, knowledge and behaviours will I gain through the apprenticeship


  • Plan and prepare effectively in the workplace and in the apprenticeship aspect
  • Identify and construct steel components effectively
  • Move steel and equipment safely and effectively
  • Complete work to international standards
  • Work in accordance with health and safety regulations.


  • Typical material sizes
  • Bolts and joiners used
  • Different steel components, how they interact and when to use each one
  • Tools and equipment needed
  • How to avoid/rectify issues with construction, tools and the equipment
  • Knowledge to fill out any paperwork needed for the construction


  • A questioning attitude
  • Challenge poor practices and evolve procedures
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Accountable

Overall, this level two apprenticeship offers the right candidate and opportunity to get their foot in the door of the construction industry, developing their skills and gaining a qualification at the same time.

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