This Foundation Apprenticeship introduces pupils to skills needed for a civil engineering career.

You can support the civil engineers of the future who'll build and shape the world. They could work on everything from roads and railways, schools, hospitals or utilities. And because there's a demand for new engineers, you could help to fill the skills gap.

The qualification

SCQF Level 6

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering includes:

  • a National Certificate (NC) in Civil Engineering at SCQF Level 6
  • 1 or more SCQF unit from Site Technical Support or Built Environment Design 
  • registration with the Institute of Civil Engineering or other professional institution
  • a 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 some of these subjects:

  • science
  • technology
  • engineering
  • maths

It's also expected that they'll work to gain Higher Maths alongside their apprenticeship.

The pupil would select a Foundation Apprenticeship as a school subject choice. Then they'd go through a recruitment process arranged by the college, or other learning provider. It's great if you can get involved, too.

Progression and development

Pupils will get the skills, knowledge and competence to help them move on to:

  • a Modern Apprenticeship
  • more vocational training
  • further study at school or college

These will help them to prepare for working in civil engineering.

If you're looking to hire, Foundation Apprenticeships help you spot talented pupils. You can 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 apprenticeship. You can discuss this with the college or other learning provider who's working with you.

There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. But investing your time can bring rewards, with access to talented young people in your workplace.

The work placement

Pupils study a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects, usually over S5 and S6. During the apprenticeship, each pupil must complete a work placement of about 1 day a week in S6. That helps them build the evidence needed to complete the units from the SVQ.

The placement element will develop throughout the programme. This gives pupils the best opportunity to develop their practice.

What's next?

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