Civil Engineering Technician - Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard (out of centre learner)

SKU: ST0091

Course Aim:

The aim of this apprenticeship is to provide the learner with skills, knowledge and practical skills to work in a civil engineering technican role.  A Civil Engineering Technician provides technical support to engineers and other construction professionals in the design, development, construction, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of the built environment and infrastructure. Technicians will be required to have a broad skills base to work in areas which include sustainable construction, structural integrity, geotechnics, materials, tunnelling, marine and coastal engineering, water, waste management, flood management, transportation and power.

Student Pre-Requisites:

Employers will set their own requirements but typically an apprentice will be expected to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at Grades 9-4 (A*-C GCSE) including Maths (Grade 5/6 or B), English and Science or their equivalent. Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to have achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

Candidates will also be required to pass a level aptitude test.


Course Duration:

Typically this apprenticeship will take 36 months.



Students are with their employer from day one and will study their taught components at an agreed Gen2 centre one day per week. This training will take place at a Gen2 centre based in West Cumbria, Carlisle or Furness.  The students are visited by a Gen2 assessor in the workplace approximately every six weeks to assess their competence and monitor progress.

 Programme Components:


A Civil Engineering Technician will know:

  • The different techniques and methods used to design, build and maintain civil engineering projects.
  • The appropriate scientific, technical and engineering principles relating to the design, delivery and maintenance of infrastructure and buildings. 
  • How to work effectively and contribute to engineering solutions by the correct use of resources and time. 
  • How to communicate effectively using a range of techniques. 
  • The code of conduct of relevant professional bodies and institutions including ethics and their application in design and delivery of projects. 
  • Safe working practices and how to comply with them. 
  • Sustainable development and their own contribution to economic, environmental and social wellbeing. 
  • Sources of and approaches to Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 


A Civil Engineering Technician will be able to:

  • Select and use appropriate scientific, technical and engineering principles, techniques and methods to contribute to the design and delivery of infrastructure and building projects.
  • Work with others to contribute to produce integrated engineering solutions by the correct use of resources and time. 
  • Manage and maintain the quality of their own work and that of others. 
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with others using a range of techniques 
  • Keep themselves and others safe by adhering to safe working practices. 
  • Maintain their own skills base and learning. 



  • Take a responsible approach to health and safety.
  • Be professional, proactive and receptive to constructive advice and guidance.
  • Be willing to learn new skills and to adapt in the light of experience.
  • Know one’s limitations and when to ask for help or escalate.
  • Work independently when appropriate and take responsibility for and pride in their work.
  • Demonstrate a positive approach to problem solving.
  • Effectively contribute to discussions as part of a team.


Delivery Plan and Commitment:

Off The Job Training

The qualification requires 20% of time from the learner’s normal working week to be committed to the apprenticeship for the duration of the programme. This time must be away from the Learner’s normal work duties.

Delivery of ‘Off The Job’ training includes:

  • Induction (some elements)
  • IOSH Working Safely
  • Weekly delivery sessions which includes Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
  • On the job work shadowing and training monitored via OneFile journal


On The Job Training

Gen2 delivery of ‘On The Job’ training will be conducted on a six weekly basis and will consist of:

  • Observations of skills and behaviours which includes completion of a Level 3 Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations
  • Professional discussions 
  • Progress reviews
  • Coaching and mentoring


Apprentices will need to achieve level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.


Qualifications Gained:

On completion of the Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship you will gain the following qualifications:

  • Pearson Edexcel BTEC - Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
  • IOSH Working Safely
  • Pearson Edexcel - Level 3 Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations
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