Scotland’s cities are growing at a rapid rate, so you have an opportunity to help build a foundation for future generations. Study for an apprenticeship in civil engineering and learn how to contribute to one of Scotland’s most important industries.   

Discover how to safely handle a wide range of materials such as steel, iron and stone. Work with advanced tools like concrete paving machines and help to build new roads. Take part in different infrastructure projects like the construction of office blocks, schools or hospitals.   

There are so many different jobs in Scotland’s civil engineering sector. Become a civil technician and help to create innovative building designs. Work as a project planning engineer and strengthen the safety of transport networks. Research new structural materials as a geotechnical engineer and improve the foundation of dams, walls and tunnels.  

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification at SCQF level 5 or 6 in civil engineering. The qualifications include:  

  • Core units of aSVQ in civil engineering at SCQF level 5 or 6 
  • Work experience in an industry that is safety-orientated and creative  

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Segregate an area for road maintenance 
  • Install street ironwork 
  • Move, handle and store building resources 
  • Operate specialist construction equipment such as high friction surfacing machine 
  • Analyse and survey different construction projects 
  • Manage the repair and maintenance of public and private infrastructure  
  • Prepare cost estimates for building materials   

You will develop the following core skills:   

  • Numeracy 
  • Communication  
  • Problem-solving  
  • Teamwork   
  • Time management   

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other roles such as plant operation and road repair 

Where could it take me?

There are various options to consider with this Modern Apprenticeship. Continue to study with a relevant higher qualification in civil engineering or move into full-time work.    

Further education: Continue to improve your knowledge of civil engineering by studying for a technical apprenticeship or a bachelor’s degree. Relevant qualifications to choose from could be in construction, hydraulics or structural mechanics.   

Straight to work: Use your civil engineering qualification to find a relevant job. You could move onto jobs like:  

  • Civil engineer   
  • Civil technician  
  • Project planning technician  
  • Geotechnical engineer  
  • Plant operator  
  • Construction operative  
  • Project planner 

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for the apprenticeship. But it is worth having a general interest in civil engineering.


This Modern Apprenticeship will take 12-24 months to complete.  

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