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?

Skills

  • 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

Knowledge

  • 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

Behaviours

  • 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.

Interested?

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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Structural Steelwork Fabricator Apprentice

structural steelwork fabricator welding metal with MIG welder

Are you interested in starting a new career as a structural steelwork fabricator? If yes is the answer we are going to be doing a full expectations guide so you can make sure this role is right for you and make you aware of all the experience you’re able to gain from this apprenticeship!

What Do I Need To Be a Structural Steelwork Fabricator Apprentice?

Speaking academically you don’t actually need any prior qualifications to become a structural steelwork fabricator apprentice! However if you don’t come into the role with a level 2 maths and english qualification you will need to complete one before the end of your apprenticeship. You would be required to take a level 1 maths and english test and also then complete a level 2 maths and english test, However this would be part of your apprenticeship and you wouldn’t have to go out of you way or put your aspirations on hold whilst you complete this!

What Can I Gain From a Apprenticeship?

On this course specifically when you complete your apprenticeship you will receive a Level 2 Structural Steelwork Fabricator qualification. This will be recognised across the UK in the construction trade. This will almost be an entry pass for many open positions across the UK that require someone that has had hands on experience with welding on the job. However in general apprenticeships are used as a learn as you earn so you don’t have to spend time working towards a qualification to better your education whilst having no income which is not feasible for some, Which makes apprenticeships a great opportunity for anyone that is looking to learn.

What Is a Structural Steelwork Fabricator?

This is a crucial part of a construction team as they will be required to weld to a precision level due to the nature of their work being the main base of buildings so it needs structurally perfect as well as being not a sore sight as most of their work would be visible from the outside, Remember whatever is welded on the inside is visible from the outside and vice versa! The person in this role would also need to be comfortable using a MIG welding for this work, Which brings us to the next question…

What Is a MIG Welder?

MIG stands for Metal Inert Gas but is also referred to as “Gas Metal Arc Welding” this is because of how the welder works, An electric arc will form between the metal and wire electrode this then applies heat the the wire and creates a weld pool (molten metal). MIG welding is popular in this role due to being able to use materials up to 1/2 inch thick, This means you can get strong, solid welds but much faster due to the material being fed down a tube directly to the arc. The easiest way to picture a MIG welder is a large scale soldering iron but instead of you worrying about getting the wire close, the wire is automatically fed to you so you can focus on getting good looking and high quality welds. This is why it is quick to pick up and popular in the trade.

Soldering Iron, Manually Fed Wire

How Much Does a Structural Steelwork Fabricator Earn?

The current apprenticeship wage covers all occupations, There is no higher paying apprenticeship than the other unless the employer wants to pay more. The current apprenticeship wage is: £4.81 however after the first year of your apprenticeship you’re entitled to minimum wage for your age range. The average hourly rate for a qualified structural steelwork fabricator is £11.63.

How Long Does It Take To Become Qualified?

Typically the duration of the apprenticeship to become a structural steelwork fabricator is 24 months, There’s nothing to say you cant finish your apprenticeship earlier than that but the typical duration is 24 months.

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Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship

This Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship includes assisting in driving, boring and forming piles in the ground to provide support for building and structures. The apprentice will train in the practice of pushing concrete, metal or wooden posts into the ground. Progression from this apprenticeship could lead to further work within the construction industry.

Piling Rig

Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship Details

  • Job Role: Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship
  • Duration: 18 – 24 Months
  • Maximum Funding: £15,000
  • Apprenticeship Level: Level 2

Key Responsibilities

The apprentice will assist with supporting piling plant machine operatives and specialist piling operatives by performing tasks such as; loading and unloading, handling and moving materials, preparation, measuring, marking and cutting materials, monitoring and reporting progress. On completion of this apprenticeship, Piling Attendants will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Working Safely on Site
  • Contributing to Sustainable Practice
  • Manually Handle Loads
  • Carrying out User Maintenance on Tools and Machinery
  • Guiding and Controlling Movement of Vehicles
  • Operating Powered Tools Including Concrete Pumps, Generators and Compressors Agitators
  • Monitoring Delivery of Concrete and Take Samples for Testing
  • Transporting, Handling, Pouring, Positioning and Laying Concrete
  • Applying First Aid
  • Identifying Excavated Soils and Rock Types

The apprentice will also need to support one of the following:

  • Continuous Flight Auger: A flight augering drill used to excavate a hole where concrete is injected through a hollow shaft under pressure as the auger is extracted. This will create a continuous pile without leaving any holes open.
  • Rotary Large Diameter: Use of a bored piling machine with drilling tools, buckets and grabs to remove soil and rock. The auger is bored into the ground, withdrawn and spoil removed. This is repeated until design depth is reached and reinforced with concrete.
  • Driven – Pre-Cast: Metal or concrete piles are top-driven using hydraulic drop hammers. The concrete piles are pre-cast and designed for compression and bending.
  • Sheet or Vibro: Vibratory pile hammers contain counter-rotating eccentric weights powered by hydraulic motors. They are designed to cancel out horizontal vibrations and transmit vertical vibrations into the pile. The pile driving machine is positioned over the pile and fastened. Vibratory hammers can drive in or extract piles.

Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship Core Competencies

As part of the job role, the apprentice will carry out duties that will satisfy a number of competencies. Examples include:

  • Principles of Health, Safety Welfare and Environmentally Responsible Work Practices
  • Operatives Responsibilities Under Current Legislation
  • Communication and Following Organisational Procedures
  • Supporting Piling Operations
  • Interpreting Information from Drawings, Method Statements, Risk Assessments, Manufacturers Information, Work Schedules and Specifications
  • Handling and Moving Loads Manually with Mechanical Aids
  • Maintaining Tools, Plant, Machinery, lifting Accessories and Equipment
  • Specific Requirements for Operating Plant, Machinery and Equipment
  • Complying with Quality Requirements
  • Sample Taking
  • Techniques and Requirements of Piling Processing
  • Recognising Changes in Geology
  • Reacting in an Emergency

This standard has been designed in order to deliver sufficient competence, knowledge and understanding in the job role. This also allows individuals to learn the requirements of construction industry registration schemes.

Man and Woman on Construction Site

Exams and Qualifications

Individuals without their Level 1 English and Level 1 Mathematics will be required to achieve this level. They will also take the test for Level 2 English and Mathematics before their End Point Assessment. Individuals who undertake this standard will achieve the Level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Piling Operations.

Progression from this apprenticeship can lead to the Level 3 in Specialist Piling Operations or with great experience within the construction industry. On successful completion of the Level 2 standard, Level 3 offers the roles of a Piling Rig Operator, Mud Plant Operative, Tremie Operative or Charge Hand.

As well as gaining qualifications, this apprenticeship also teaches behavioural skills such as:

  • Effective Communication: Oral, Written and Electronic
  • Respect: Knowledge of Equality and Diversity
  • Team Work: Working Effectively and Safely with Others
  • Independence: Taking Responsibility for Individual Work
  • Logical Thinking: Valid Reasoning when Making Decisions
  • Working Effectively: Undertaking Work in a Safe and Productive Manner
  • Time Management: Using Time Effectively and Completing Work
  • Adaptability: Adjusting to Instruction Changes
  • Assertiveness: Resisting Pressures to Work Following Unsafe Practices

Conclusion

This Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship provides a great foundation for those wanting to pursue a career within the construction industry. This course offers the necessary skills to advance your career and have a prosperous future ahead in this career.

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Level 3 Apprenticeship | Highway Electrician or Service Operative

Does becoming a multi-skilled operative within the highway electrical sector interest you? How about carrying out both the installation and maintenance of equipment used in the highway electrical sector? If so then you’re in the right place!

The Highway Electrician or Service Operative apprenticeship is the perfect opportunity for anyone, whether you’re 16 and not sure what you want to do next, or 17 -55 wanting to change your career path and learn a new skill.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about a level 3 Highway Electrician or Service Operative apprenticeship (HESO).

Jobs and entry criteria for the level 3 highway electrician or service operative apprenticeship

The apprenticeship provides opportunities for an apprentice to start their career path in the highway electrical sector. The typical job titles are Highways maintenance electrician, Highways maintenance engineer, Highways operatives, and Street lighting electrician. Highway Operative annual salaries in the UK average at £23k (research provided by Talent.com).

The entry requirement for this apprenticeship will be set individually by employers. However, candidates will be expected to have completed the Level 2 HEMI apprenticeship and have a Level 2 Certificate in Highway Electrical Work.

If you haven’t got a level 2 HEMI, don’t panic! If you are following the Level 3 apprenticeship upskilling route, without the level 2 HEMI, there is a requirement for the provider to carry out a training gap analysis to ensure that the required level of underpinning knowledge has been acquired before the programme start.

Key responsibilities

The duties that a Highway Electrician or Service Operative will be expected to carry out within the relevant sub-sectors of the highway electrical sector are to:

  • Install, maintain, inspect and test low voltage highway electrical equipment and systems
  • Carry out emergency attendance and emergency works
  • Ensure appropriate Health, Safety and Environmental procedures including the requirements of the Highway Electrical Registration Scheme (HERS) (see www.thehea.org.uk) are applied
  • Ensure work is carried out efficiently, effectively and safely
  • Maintain effective working relationships
  • Work on their own initiative and also in teams and supervise the work of other team members
  • Optionally: Commission highway electrical equipment and systems
two construction workers in workwear reviewing a document, with a highway in the background.
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Core Competencies

As part of the Highway Electrician or Service Operative job role, you will need to have knowledge & skill of the elements below:

  • Health, safety and environmental
  • Highway electrical equipment and systems
  • Planning, preparing and organising works
  • Installation techniques
  • Maintenance techniques
  • Inspection and testing principles and practices
  • Emergency attendance and emergency works
  • Effective communication
  • Effective supervisory techniques
  • Commissioning principles and practices

You will also be expected to:

  • Promote a positive culture, keeping health, safety in mind
  • Accept responsibility for your own and others’ judgments, actions, and standards of work
  • Allocate work tasks and monitor performances to make sure all needs are met

Conclusion

The Highway Electrician or Service Operative apprenticeship is the perfect opportunity for people of any age (16 – 55) to earn while they learn. Start your career path in the highway electrical sector, learning how to install equipment such as street light columns and traffic signal poles, as well as carrying out maintenance on them (such as when they are non-operational).

Receive an NVQ Level 3 qualification, as well as training within your sub-sectors from completion of the Highway Electrician or Service Operative Level 3 apprenticeship.

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Level 6 Geospatial Mapping and Science Specialist Apprenticeship (Degree)

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Does Interpreting and analysing geospatial data as a geospatial mapping and science specialist sound like a new and exciting opportunity to you? How about the use of high-tech digital technology such as laser scanning? If so, then this UK apprenticeship could be for you. This apprenticeship presents a great opportunity to start a new career in a construction-based area.

Geospatial mapping and science specialist areas

Knowledge required

Skills required

Behaviours requires

Specialty areas broken-down

What does a geospatial mapping and science specialist do?

They analyse data and provide advice for such things as satellite navigation, infrastructure, mapping, international boundaries and much more. With access to a wide range of state-of-the-art technology their more specific duties include interpretation, manipulation and analysation of geospatial data and measurements. Opportunities for work in both the private or public sector are plentiful with jobs in the military, private companies, and the government. Geospatial engineering is a crucial part of civil engineering construction projects and geospatial engineers are often at the forefront of any project with precision mapping and careful planning being their area task.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of three A levels at a grade C or higher or their equivalent. A level 3 apprenticeship in construction or property related discipline is also accepted but the final decision is that of each employer.

Geospatial mapping and science specialist have the opportunity to specialise in the following:

  1. Geospatial engineering – Creating detailed layers of geographical data for urban development
  2. Hydrography – The surveying and charting of water
  3. Utilities – The identification and labelling of public utilities
  4. Geospatial surveying – The mapping of boundaries, land, and land registration

Knowledge and Skill Requirements for Geospatial Mapping and science Specialists

  • Cadastre (land boundaries) and land boundaries
  • Advanced geospatial technology
  • Advanced mapping and measurement
  • Geospatial data management and analysis
  • Geodesy
  • Health and safety
  • Law of land and sea
  • Sustainability
  • Personal effectiveness

Behaviour Requirements for Geospatial Mapping and science Specialists

  • Provide a high standard of service
  • Act in a way that promotes trust in the professions
  • Treat others with respect
  • Take responsibility
  • Act with integrity
Geospatial Engineering Surveying Equipment in City Landscape

Depending on their job role, apprentices will take one of the following specialist areas:

Geospatial Engineering:

Geospatial engineering is the collection and analysis and interpretation of geographical data on the earth’s surface using modern mapping technologies. A geospatial engineer develops up-to date plans for structures to be built in the correct place and to scale.

Hydrography:

Hydrography is the measurement and description of the physical features pertaining to bodies of water and near bye land. Harbours, rivers, and lakes are examples of where and what they would work on.

Utilities:

The role of a utilities engineer is identified, label and map underground public utilities. Their job will be to understand the law, regulations and geospatial data requirements of these utilities and services. Water mains, streetlights, cable television, telecommunication and electricity distribution are just some of the things they would work on.

Geospatial Surveying:

Geospatial surveying is the science and study of the natural environment. State of the art technology is used to map and analyse the natural environment.  The mapping of land, boundaries and land registration being their focal point.

What qualification will you gain?

Apprentices that pass will gain a BSc/BSc (Hons) in a geospatial science subject. This will be accredited by either the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

Apprentices will gain the knowledge, skills, and behaviours to apply for membership to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

Apprenticeship Duration:

Typically to be undertaken over a period of 5 Years for level 6. The apprentice will be reviewed after three years.

Learn more about level 6 geospatial and science specialist apprenticeship here.

Construction Design and Build Technician Apprenticeship (Level 4)

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If you have an interest for design and construction but you have never considered how to kickstart a career in this field, then perhaps you should head down the apprenticeship route! In this blog post we will cover everything you need to know about being a Construction Design and Build Technician. Continue reading to find out the best tips for how you can get started.

What is a Construction Design and Build Technician?

Construction Design and Build Technicians can cover a range of occupations and typical job titles can include Assistant Design Co-ordinator or Design and Build Co-ordinator. The design coordinator is the person in charge of making sure that all construction sites follow proper procedures. They spend most time on-site however they can be office based for admin purposes or meetings. The Design and Build Co-ordinator works closely alongside architects while collaborating throughout each phase from initial planning right through installation. Design and Build Technicians must also understand the risks involved within construction and the importance of behaviours in safety-critical environments.

What does the Construction Design and Build Technician role involve?

As a Construction Design and Build Technician you would be responsible for a variety of duties:

  • Identification of client requirements in construction projects
  • Identification of health and safety risks in the design of projects
  • Checking of compliance with regulations on a construction project
  • The minimisation of the environmental impact of construction projects
  • Assisting architects with the development of detailed design on a construction project
  • Co-ordinate design information on a construction project
  • Monitoring of quality on a construction project
  • Assisting commercial staff with the monitoring of costs on a construction project

How does the Construction Design and Build Technician apprenticeship work?

This Apprenticeship will teach you all about the skills and knowledge needed to become a Level 4 Construction Design and Build Technician. You’ll learn industry-recognised standards, along with how they’re applied in practice for professional registration!

This Apprenticeship is designed to prepare you for the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required of technicians. The final assessment process will resemble what’s required when applying for professional registration with industry recognised bodies

This is a three-year program, but it will depend on the apprenticeship holder’s previous experience and access to opportunities.                            

Apprenticeship entry requirements

The typical entry requirements for this apprenticeship are five GCSEs or equivalent, including Maths and English. For those who don’t meet these qualifications there is still an opportunity to develop skills through additional study at Level 2. Employers can set their own entry requirements, which is determined by the individual employer.

For this particular apprenticeship it would be helpful to have the following skills:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Career Prospects

There are many different areas you could specialise in with your qualification and the progression would not stop there. It is possible to move into project management in addition to a higher-paying job as an Estimator or CAD drafting for construction projects!

You could find work with:

  • national and international building firms and contractors
  • central and local government
  • organisations that do their own construction work, like utility companies, major retailers and the NHS

For further information on how you can get started read here.

Level 4 Construction quantity surveying technician

Starting as a construction quantity surveying technician

Are you interested in working in construction? Starting a new career can be a difficult hurdle to cross, but with the right training and experience, you can be set on the right path. There are a wide variety of jobs in the area of construction, with many different opportunities available to you. In this article, we are going to talk about what a construction quantity surveying technician does. Read on to see if this position is right for you.

Construction technician

Jobs and entry criteria for the Construction quantity surveying technician

There are many different jobs available that link to this qualification. Some jobs are: Assistant Quantity Surveyor; Quantity Surveying Technician and Assistant Cost Analyst. The typical entry requirements for a role such as this is 5 GCSE’s, including English, Maths, and a Science. Though the employer can also set their own requirements at their own discretion.

Key responsibilities of a Construction quantity surveying technician

Working in this field comes with responsibilities for the cost and the completion of projects. If you are good with budgeting and numbers, then this may be the role for you. There are numerous responsibilities that come with this role, but a few of these responsibilities are:

  • Helping senior managers with the budget of construction projects
  • Keeping an eye on and controlling the costs of a construction project
  • Selecting and managing specialist contractors
  • Contributing to the mitigation of disputes using accurate records
  • Reporting the expenditure of income on construction projects
  • Report of progress on construction projects
  • Assisting senior managers with legal and contractual issues on construction projects

These are the main responsibilities that come with the job role. Knowledge and experience in managing or in any of these areas can be a big help with fitting into the job role. For more information on the skills and knowledge that you will need, visit ApprenticeTips for help on learning what you might need to start an apprenticeship.

Construction quantity surveying technician Competencies

Having competencies in health and safety, sustainability, construction technology, contracts, procurement, cost control, and financial reporting are desired for this role. You will be trained in these areas, but any prior knowledge will go a long way in helping you. You will also be tested on a variety of behaviours such as your ability to work in a team, commitment to a code of ethics, commitment to equality and diversity, and your ability to communicate effectively. This course will also keep a close eye on your personal development. You should be able to recognise your own areas where you need improvement to move forward. Communicating these needs effectively is another competency that you will develop.

Modules and exams

This sort of apprenticeship is usually over a 3-year span, however, previous experience may result in a shorter time frame. This depends on when competencies are met. Once this course has been completed, you will be awarded a Level 4 qualification in Construction and Build environment. The measurement of success is dependent on how well the competencies are met.

Conclusion

This course is good for those with no experience, as well as those who have been in this field before. If you are someone with experience in English and Maths and enjoy managing projects. Then this line of work may be good for you. You will get to work on a variety of different projects in the construction area. Working as a construction quantity surveying technician means that you will be given certain responsibility for projects.

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Level 7 Chartered Town Planner (Degree Apprenticeship)

Are you interested in sustainable development, conservation and improving infrastructure?

Read on to find out how this Level 7 Chartered Town Planner apprenticeship can progress your career and give you the opportunity to impact and shape the towns, cities and villages we live in. Gain invaluable knowledge and skills to become a trusted professional, officially recognised by the Chartered Members of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Jobs and Entry Criteria for the Level 7 Chartered Town Planner Degree Apprenticeship

While it is the individual employer who decides any entry requirements, an apprentice may typically be expected to have a relevant Level 3 qualification or equivalent (such as A Levels), to embark on this course.

Level 2 English and Maths are also required in order to take the end point assessment, however apprentices can achieve these after undertaking the course if they so choose.

  • British Sign Language qualifications can replace the minimum English requirement if this is the primary language the apprentice uses.
  • For those with an education, health & care plan, or legacy statement, the minimum English and Maths requirement is Entry Level 3.

The Chartered Town Planner Degree Apprenticeship opens a wide range of opportunities for an apprentice, with the option to go on to work for an organisation or as a contractor. Sectors an apprentice can go into are varied, including:

  • Construction
  • Environment
  • Housing
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Regeneration
  • Coastal Heritage and Conservation
  • Minerals and Waste

Jobs are also available across local and national governments, private consultancies, corporations, and voluntary or non-governmental organisations, so there is a wealth of options available to an apprentice with this Level 7 qualification. When looking for a job in this field, there are multiple roles to keep an eye out for. Some typical job titles that apprentices may expect to look for include Planning Officer, Town Planner, Planner, and Development Management Planner.

Not only can this Level 7 degree apprenticeship open doors right now, but there is plenty of opportunity for further progression, with the course giving you the necessary base to go on to more senior roles in your career, for example as a Senior Planner or Principal Planning Officer. With sustainable development at the forefront of discussions today, town planning roles will continue to be essential to society and prove a stable long term career.

Key Responsibilities of a Chartered Town Planner Apprentice

Chartered Town Planners seek to balance economic growth and the needs of a community in terms of homes, jobs and facilities, with the impact on the environment. They are responsible for finding sustainable ways to develop the villages, towns and cities we live in, changing and improving them whilst keeping environmental integrity front of mind. Town Planner responsibilities include:

  • Researching and assessing technical information, data and surveys when considering proposals
  • Assessing land areas in person where necessary
  • Preparing statutory planning applications and proposals
  • Analysing and identifying land planning issues, allocating sites and resources (environmental, social and economic)
  • Formulating local strategic planning policy, laws and practise
  • Delivering infrastructure to the benefit of the public i.e. roads, railways, minerals, waste and energy facilities, collaborating with professionals including architects, surveyors, engineers, builders and environmental specialists when necessary
  • Attending committees, public inquiries and appeals, presenting when necessary and listening to ideas and answering questions
  • Write complex reports for a wide range of audiences including politicians, the public, and commercial clients, to assess and explain legislation, recommending if a plan should be accepted.

In carrying out responsibilities, it’s important to remember that Chartered Town Planners are held to the professional and ethical standards of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Decisions will have a long-term impact on economic, social and environmental well-being, so it’s critical to make sure the quality of work and level of service is high.

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Level 7 Chartered Town Planner Core Knowledge and Behaviours

In carrying out a role as Town Planner, there are a number of core skills, areas of knowledge, and behaviours you will need to hold and demonstrate.

Skills

Skills include creative vision and design, research and critical analysis, decision making, plan implementation, stakeholder management, project management, collaborative working, communication and presentation skills.

Knowledge

Knowledge of planning theory and policy, as well as related law, political, and economic frameworks is essential to the responsibilities of a Town Planner. Understanding spatial design, sustainable resource management, community and stakeholder engagement, as well as professional ethical frameworks is also important to grasp.

Behaviours

The apprentice is held to the Royal Town Planning Institute’s standard of professional conduct. Within this, there are certain behaviours a Chartered Town Planner is expected to exhibit including honesty, integrity, due diligence, independent professional judgement, respect and equality. Aside from this, a focus on outcomes, positive attitude and a desire to learn and improve the world we live in will help an apprentice fulfil the role to the best standard.

The occupational standard for the Chartered Town Planner Degree Apprenticeship will offer further information on the skills and knowledge a Town Planner should understand, and explain what these are and why they are necessary in more detail.

Chartered Town Planner Assessment and Qualification

This Level 7 apprenticeship normally takes five years to complete, however depending on any planning qualifications the apprentice already holds, this may be shorter.

Upon entering Gateway, typically at 60 months, the apprentice has two methods to undertake.

Method 1 is professional discussion, presenting a reflective journal on pre-gateway experience and discussing with an independent assessor. This must be passed before apprentices can submit method 2.

Method 2 is an assessment of professional competence written assignment, where apprentices continue work experience, documenting professional experience gained post-gateway in a reflective journal. Once submitted, an assessor will grade the document against the skills, knowledge and behaviours listed above.

Upon completing the degree apprenticeship, apprentices will get a qualification from the regulating body, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accredited Planning School. They will become Chartered Members of the RTPI and officially able to use the title ‘Chartered Town Planner’.

For more information on the Town Planner Apprenticeship and assessment methods, see their assessment plan.

Conclusion

The Level 7 Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship is a great way to progress or embark on a career in sustainable development that has a tangible positive impact on the communities around you. It is an accessible course open to past apprentices and employees looking to learn and grow in this industry, allowing you to earn while you learn. With an accredited qualification from the RTPI and a bounty of key skills and professional knowledge, this apprenticeship is valued by employers and apprentices alike, opening up a huge range of job opportunities across a variety of sectors – the options are endless.

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Building Services Design Engineer Apprenticeship (Level 6)

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Are you excited by the idea of designing, installing and maintaining building services, like lighting and heating? Does infrastructure interest you? If this sounds up your street, read on to find out how the degree-level Building Services Design Engineer apprenticeship may be a great route to a new career.

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How the level 6 Building Services Design Engineer apprenticeship works

The Building Services Design engineer apprenticeship teaches an apprentice the skills needed to design the various services found in buildings and infrastructure projects.

Duration of apprenticeship

Typically 60-66 months (5-5½ years), depending on the apprentice’s previous experience.

What a Building Services Design Engineer job entails

A Building Services Design Engineer manages a team of engineers and technicians. They work with other construction professionals to design, maintain and install various services found in buildings and infrastructure projects.

The engineers work typically include the following:

  • Renewable and emerging technologies
  • Energy management
  • Heating
  • Ventilation
  • Air conditioning
  • Lighting
  • Power
  • Water services
  • Building transportation (e.g. lifts), and more!

Buildings and infrastructure can vary from newly built premises to the refurbishment of older facilities, for every sector of industry.

Building Services Design Engineers will undertake both the technical and commercial management of projects using engineering design solutions to maintain and enhance the quality of the environment and community.

They employ current and emerging technology to produce innovative engineering design solutions for development, manufacture and construction.

Career options with a level 6 Building Services Design Engineer Apprenticeship

Building services design engineers may work for a design consultancy, a contractor or a manufacturing company.

Salary

There are plenty of opportunities to earn an above-average salary in this field.

  • Starting salaries for a graduate building services design engineer average between a respectable £26000 to £28000.
  • More experienced design engineers earn on average a salary of around £40000, with more senior engineers earning above £55000.
  • Partners or highly experiences building services design engineers with chartered status may earn over £80000. Engineers in larger international consultancies can earn over £110000 a year.

TIP: Having chartered status also increases your pay level.

Entry requirements

Apprenticeship candidates will usually have at least three A levels at Grades A*-C including Mathematics and Physical Science or their equivalent.

Alternatively, they can complete a Level 3 Apprenticeship as a Building Services Design Technician.

Qualifications gained with a Level 6 Building Service Design Engineers Apprenticeship

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A Building Services Design Engineer apprenticeship will teach you a wealth of skills

With this level 6 apprenticeship, successful apprentices will earn a BSc or BEng building services degree with accreditation by the relevant professional engineering institution.

NOTE: Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths must achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Building Services Design Engineer Apprenticeship structure

The Building Services Design Engineer Apprenticeship is divided into three parts:

  • Approximately Month 0-60: Recommended on programme assessment through
    • Assignments
    • Projects
    • Portfolio of evidence
    • Development reviews
    • Examinations
  • Around Month 60: Gateway

Satisfactory completion of knowledge skills and behaviours including an accredited building services degree. Level 2 in Maths & English must be achieved. At this point, the application for the End Point Assessment (EPA) is confirmed by your employer.

  • Two months before expected end date: End Point Assessment
    • Presentation and questioning on the research assignment
    • Structured interview informed by the Engineering Practice Report
    • Assessment by assessors appointed by the relevant Professional Engineering Institution

You pass if you achieve the above. You’re then registered as an Incorporated Engineer

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Key learnings

As mentioned above in part one of the apprenticeship, there are core learnings that the apprentice must develop and demonstrate during their apprenticeship. These divide into knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Knowledge

A Building Services Design Engineer apprenticeship needs an in-depth knowledge of:

  • Mathematical, scientific and engineering principles and methods. These are important because they underpin the design of complex building services systems.  
  • Digital solutions to model, design, analyse and evaluate building service systems.
  • Research techniques to improve how business services systems perform.
  • Quality standards, codes of practice, legal and regulatory frameworks. These govern the design of building services systems, in reference to health, safety and welfare and environmental impact.
  • Principles and techniques of whole life evaluation in the design of building engineering services systems. These consider account critical constraints like due concern for safety and sustainability.
  • Principles and techniques of effective project management. These include resources, cost and risk assessment.
  • How to manage teams and develop staff to meet shifting technical and managerial needs.
  • Effective communication effectively through reports, drawings, specifications and presentations. This includes how to explain design principles with both technical and non-technical people.
  • Dealing fairly and honestly when selection suppliers or contractors. This includes fair reviewing of tenders when making recommendations for award of contracts.

Skills

A Building Services Design Engineer will be able to do the following:

  • Use a solid, evidence-based approach to problem solving. These will lead to developing building services engineering design solutions to enhance the quality of the environment and community, and meet client, financial and safety objectives.
  • Identify, review and select the best way to design complex building services systems and components.
  • Champion the continuous improvement of the design of building services systems and components. This includes using latest industry developments and best practice and taking part in design reviews and evaluation.
  • Manage and apply safe systems of work. This includes being responsible for own obligations for health, safety and welfare issues, assessing and controlling risk, working with health, safety and welfare legislation and best practice.
  • Manage the planning, budgeting and organisation of tasks, people and resources Achieve this via the following:
    •  Appropriate management systems
    • Working to agreed quality standards, project programme and budget
    • Working within legal, contractual and statutory requirements
  • Manage teams and develop staff to meet shifting technical or managerial needs.
  • Communicate effectively through reports, drawings, specifications, presentations and discussions. Be able to do so with both technical and non-technical people.
  • Complete and document continuing profession development, maintaining and enhancing knowledge and competence as a building services design engineer.

Behaviours

A great Building Services Design Engineer will:

  • Have compassion and be perceptive. They are aware of the needs and concerns of others, especially in terms of diversity and equality
  • Show they’re reliable
  • Have integrity
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Be confident and adaptable when dealing with new or changing interpersonal situations
  • Create, retain and develop productive working relationships.
  • Have a strong commitment to health, safety and welfare.
  • Show personal commitment to professional and ethical standards
  • Recognize their obligation to society, the profession and the environment
  • Take responsibility for personal development, committing to learning and self-improvement
  • Be open to feedback

Although some of these components may feel unfamiliar, after completing the apprenticeship they will become second nature!

Conclusion

As you can see, the Level 6 Building Services Design Engineer apprenticeship is a fantastic avenue into an interesting, well-paid career. The ability to upskill and earn as you learn, in a varied role makes it a great option for anyone who loves learning and wants a job that’s far from boring. You’ll be sure to leave with a wealth of invaluable skills that will take your career to the next level.

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Why an engineering ductwork installer apprenticeship?

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Are you ambitious and looking for a challenge? Does installing and maintaining ductwork systems in large industrial and commercial buildings interest you? Does learning an impactful skillset with transferable skills and earning whilst you’re at it catch your eye? Becoming a building services engineering ductwork installer apprentice is the perfect role for you. Not only will you be gaining knowledge but you’ll be working in the field with professionals in the field. Continue reading to find out how this role can help you kickstart your career in construction.

Level 2 Building Services Engineering Ductwork Installer Apprenticeship

The building services engineering role is a specialist branch of engineering within the construction sector. Your job role will consist of assembling, installing, pre-commissioning, testing and repairing ductwork made from a wide range of materials. You will learn the technical side to the role such as installing ductwork systems components whilst also working on your soft skills such as communication, using oral, written and electronic methods to communicate information with work colleagues, other tradespeople, clients’ representatives, supervisors, and other members of the building services engineering and wider construction team.

It is unlikely that individuals entering this apprenticeship without previous experience will complete the apprenticeship in less than 24 months, not including your end point assessment.. You will earn up to £15,000 as a starting wage with a potential to earn £26,000 upon completion. Ductwork installer apprentices will have to have a  minimum of a level 1 maths and English qualification where you will have to take an examination for the level 2. This apprenticeship will have a competence based assessment where you will sit a knowledge test and an observed skilled test. The Knowledge Test will use a multiple-choice questions format to assess underpinning applied knowledge in all elements of the standard. The observed skill test will be used to confirm that the apprentice can work safely and contribute to the planning, installation, testing, maintenance, fault diagnosis and repair of the ductwork installation, to the specified standards, within a stated timescale.

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Responsibilities as a ductwork installer apprentice

You will need to work safely by applying relevant safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices to self and others in working environments. You will be held accountable for your work and need to solve problems within your scope of responsibility. You won’t always be under close supervision and be expected to maintain and enhance competence in your own area to fuel your personal development. You will need to be versatile and adaptable as you’ll work within new build construction sites and existing buildings.

A ductwork installer’s key responsibilities are to provide clean air and/or remove used air, and move temperature controlled air around the inside of buildings as part of a building’s ventilation and life safety systems. They work in a variety of environments such as office blocks, factories, schools, airports and hospitals. You will also need to prepare work areas in new and existing sites to undertake allocated ductwork component installation work tasks.

Conclusion

This apprenticeship is perfect for someone that is trying to begin their career in construction. A level 2 qualification in Building Services Engineering is a great foundation. Not only will you be learning valuable skills that could lead you to multiple avenues, you’ll be earning a wage on top with a chance of progression. You will be given the guidance and knowledge from industry professionals but also have the responsibility and accountability which are skills where you will benefit in any position you progress on to.

Ready to make the move and accelerate your career in construction? Apply here.

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