Groundworkers have the knowledge and understanding of:
The principles of health, safety, welfare and environmentally responsible work practices and how they must be applied in relation to the work, self and to others including understanding the principles of risk assessments
Basic awareness of environmental and health hazards e.g. Japanese knotweed, asbestos. How to identify contaminated ground conditions and the procedures for working safely on it.
Basic principles of Building Information Modelling(BIM), drawings, method statements, manufacturers’ information, work schedules and specifications
Technology including key factors and systems of work appropriate to different work environments and industry sectors (e.g. civil engineering, private residential, commercial)
The differences between modern and traditional construction methods and the physical and environmental factors when undertaking construction work and their potential impacts
The techniques to handle and move loads manually and with mechanical aids including guiding the movement of articulated vehicles, plant and machinery using hand signals, hand signalling equipment and verbal/electronic communication equipment and storing resources safely and securely
Why, when and how health and safety control equipment should be used when undertaking groundworks (e.g. personal protective equipment (PPE))
The principles and methods of working within confined space work
Erecting and dismantling access/working platforms
Establishing work area protection
Locating and excavating to expose buried utility services
Providing temporary works including excavation support
The basic principles of internal/external drainage and ducting systems
Measuring, marking, cutting and installing geo membranes to stabilise soil
Gauging, mixing, placing, compacting and finishing mortars and concrete by hand and by mixer
Reinstating excavations and ground surface finishes including installing street ironworks
A Groundworker can:
Work safely and securely in compliance with given information, organisational policies and procedures, and current health, safety and welfare legislation including following the procedures for working in contaminated ground.
Conform with productive working practices and completing the work in accordance with the programme of work
Interpret and follow verbal and written work instructions from supervisors and site managers
Access, interpret and use drawings and specifications
Select the required resources including tools and fixtures
Move, handle and store resources complying with relevant legislation & guidance
Use and maintain power tools and equipment (including;. compactor plates, boning rods, portable power tools, levels, straight edges, lines, pins and laser equipment)
Gauge and mix mortars and concrete by hand and by mixer
Select and use basic setting out equipment including tape measures, levels, straight edges, lines and pins, boning rods and laser equipment under guidance of the supervisor
Install, maintain and remove temporary protection and safety arrangements for the work area relating to barriers and temporary structures, including protection, safety notices and safety lighting
Install and test basic drainage and ducting
Measure, mark, cut and install geo-membranes to stabilise soil for re-instatement and excavations
Transport and place, then compact and finish concrete to slabs/bases, footing oversights, paths, form slab edgings including positioning reinforcement and kerbs
Set out and lay flags, paviours and edging to paths, driveways and other areas
Install ironworks relating to access covers and frames, and gully grates and frames including preparatory brickwork
Locate and excavate to expose buried utility services using electronic location instruments.
Provide and remove temporary works including shallow excavation support (up to 1.2 metres)
Form and reinstate excavations and surfaces to sub-grades, sub-bases and road bases,
Prepare to, then direct and guide the movement of vehicles, plant or machinery
Effective communication – oral, written, electronic, listening, body language and presentation.
Customer service – develop customer relationships; build customer confidence; meet expectations and contribute to the development of an ongoing relationship with the organisation
Respect – apply equality, diversity and inclusion in dealing with others.
Team work – work effectively and safely with others under minimum supervision.
Independent working – take responsibility for safe completion of your own work.
Logical thinking – use clear and valid reasoning when making decisions to undertake the work instructions and when problem solving
Working effectively – undertake the work in a reliable, safe and productive manner.
Time management – use own time effectively to complete the work instructions to schedule and always arrive at, and be ready to work on time
Adaptability – be able to adjust to changes to the work instructions, be able to identify when specialist advice may be needed and when to advise of the need to change work instructions.
Risk Management – be able to resist pressures to follow unsafe working practices
Apprentices must complete, or have previously completed recognised English and Mathematics Level 1 qualifications and aspire to achieve English and Mathematics Level 2 qualifications during the apprenticeship.
To progress into a full time job role within the sector
All apprentices must undertake an independent endpoint assessment which is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours which have been developed throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the occupation.
There is no charge to the apprentice
£7,000 – employer apprenticeship Levy payers will pay the full cost from their levy: employers with 49 or less staff with an apprentice ages 16-18 years will pay no fees; all other employers will pay 5%. Prices are subject to discussion and agreement based on circumstances.