This Foundation Apprenticeship gives pupils an introduction to the skills that will help them move into a career in civil engineering.

The qualification

SCQF level 6

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering includes:

  • A National Certificate (NC) in Civil Engineering at SCQF level 6
  • A minimum of one SCQF unit from Site Technical Support or Built Environment Design 
  • Registration with the Institute of Civil Engineering/professional institution
  • A substantial work placement

Example of course units include:

  • NC
    - Civil engineering materials
    - Civil engineering project
    - Computer aided drafting: an introduction
  • SCQF
    - Develop and maintain working relationships and personal development in construction
Entry requirements

Pupils should be working at SCQF Level 5 or 6 in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects. It is also expected that a Foundation Apprentice will be working towards gaining their Higher in mathematics alongside their apprenticeship.

Potential apprentices are selected for the apprenticeship by their school. Pupils will go through a recruitment process arranged by college/learning provider, which we encourage you to get involved in.

Progression and development

Pupils will have the right skills to move from this to a Modern Apprenticeship in civil engineering contracting or civil engineering consultancy. They may decide to move on to further or higher education. If you look to hire, the Foundation Apprenticeship offers you an opportunity to spot talented pupils, and assess their skills on a longer term than a regular interview process would allow.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

Your role

As an employer, you can decide what level of involvement you have in the Foundation Apprenticeship programme. You can discuss this with the learning provider you’re working with.

There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. However, the investment of your time: great or small, can bring you lasting rewards with access to talented and driven young people for your workplace.

The work placement

Pupils study a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects usually over fifth and sixth year.

During this apprenticeship each pupil must complete a work placement of approximately one day a week in S6 to help them build the evidence needed to complete the units from the SVQ. The placement element will be developed throughout the programme to give pupils the best possible opportunity to develop competent practice.

What's next?

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