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We've worked with employers, colleges and universities in the industry to create this higher apprenticeship. Your employees will gain the skills, knowledge and understanding that the industry needs. You can recruit new employees, upskill or reskill existing employees.

The qualification

Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) Civil Engineering and HND Civil Engineering alongside an SCQF level 8

The key content areas which the Civil Engineering Higher Apprenticeship are designed to support:

  • Civil engineering technology and materials
  • Civil engineering design and specification
  • Technical and practical application of engineering
  • Project delivery and management
  • Interpersonal skills, communication and continual professional development
Entry requirements

These will vary by course and institution. For each Apprenticeship, vacancy advertisements provide specific information on the qualification required by the delivery institution. You can contact a university or college directly for guidance on entry requirements.

Progression and development

The following are examples of areas where a Civil Engineering Apprentice could gain employment:

  • Civil engineering technician
  • Construction supervisor
  • Employees will have the potential to progress to specific supervisory or site management roles, or to specialise in particular areas of the job, like construction design or estimating.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How much will it cost?

As Graduate Apprentices are your employees, you will pay their salary. This is not set by SDS but we do encourage all employees to pay the living wage.

For Graduate Apprentices starting in 2018 and 2019, we will fund their learning costs for the duration of the course.

Time to complete

A GA at SCQF level 10 (honours degree level) will take up to four years to complete. A GA at SCQF level 8 or 9 (high apprenticeship) and SCQF level 11 (professional body qualification) will take up to two years to complete.

Some individuals may complete the GA in a shorter period of time because the format means they can attend university or college outwith traditional term times.

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Think this apprenticeship is right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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Need a little more information or advice?

Call our advisers to find out more about Graduate Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000