Groundworker apprenticeship

Level 2

Your opportunity to gain a qualification as a groundworker while gaining industry experience and earning as you learn.

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Apprenticeship overview

Our Groundworker apprenticeship is delivered through our unique site-like training hubs with a syllabus front-loaded to home building requirements.

You will first undergo 2 weeks of intensive hands-on training at our training hubs, after which you will be ready to go on site, health and safety aware and with sufficient basic skills to positively contribute from day one.

As an apprentice, you will return to the training hub every 5-6 weeks for blocks of intensive learning. With training block delivery all year round (not restricted to term times), you can complete this apprenticeship within 18 months.

Why study for an apprenticeship with NHBC?

Trusted by the

Our relationship with builders gives us a strong understanding of the sector's needs and many large building firms have signed up their apprentices to this year’s cohorts.

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Taught by
construction experts

NHBC apprenticeships are delivered by our fully qualified, experienced trainers who use their construction and training expertise to develop apprentices.

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Focused on

We are a market-leading, trusted brand with a core purpose to improve construction quality. We support the Government’s ambitions to create high-quality jobs for the future and develop a talented and skilled workforce.

Designed by
the industry

We have a long track record in providing bespoke training for builders. Our apprenticeships have been created specifically for the house-building industry in conjunction with leading national house builders.

What you will learn

The first 2 weeks are practical sessions held at our training hub.

The hub resembles a site compound with a large covered central slab for all practical work providing comparable site working conditions. With each day running from 8:00 to 16:30, this initial two-week period will be equivalent to a third of a traditional yearly day release programme.

By week 3 you will return to your employer, health and safety aware and able to carry out some paving techniques. Following this, the remaining blocks will cover these tasks that mirror the pattern of delivery on site:

  • systems of safe working
  • setting out, buried services and ironworks
  • construction methods, drawings and communicating with others
  • gauging, mixing, placing, compacting and finishing construction mortars and concrete (kerbing and shuttering)
  • working in confined spaces, trenches and temporary works
  • installing drainage and ducting
  • reinstating excavations and ground surface finishes
  • installing geomembranes.

Entry requirements

Apprentices will need to achieve Level 1 English and maths and take the test for level 2 prior to taking their end-point assessment. Please discuss this with your employer.


You must be:

  • 16 or over by the end of the school summer holidays
  • living in UK
  • not in full-time education
  • in current employment in a relevant role
  • meet all the entry/eligibility requirements

Intake dates

Tamworth Spaces Remaining
21 October 2024 15
Newcastle Spaces Remaining
21 October 2024 15


Cambridge Spaces Remaining
5 August 2024 12
Hull Spaces Remaining
16 September 2024 12

Ready to start your journey as an apprentice?

If you are employed or have been offered a role with an employer, complete our application form and a member of our apprenticeships team will be in touch.

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Looking for a construction apprenticeship but not currently employed?

To be eligible for a construction apprenticeship you must be employed in a related job role. We work with Talentview Construction who can help match you with employers. Are you ready to kickstart your career into construction?

Training hubs

Our purpose built facilities can each support more than 100 apprentices annually, providing a realistic working environment.

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Apprenticeship resources

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Apprenticeships Handbook

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Groundworker apprenticeship factsheet

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Safeguarding and prevent guide


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