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Technical Apprentices

Technical Apprenticeship Options

Our award winning Advanced Apprenticeship Programme offers 3 different roles within Civil Engineering:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Planning Engineer

Each apprenticeship route is tailored to cover the fundamental engineering knowledge required, as well as specialised modules to give you the perfect mix to start your career.

Why is it an award winning programme?
Growing and nurturing our own talent is top of our agenda and this is the very ethos of our Apprenticeship. Our mission is to find talented young people and to support and develop them to have long and successful careers at BAM Nuttall.

The support you will receive is second to none. You will have a dedicated advisor who will be your key contact throughout the programme and will guide and support your early career development.

You will also receive top class training on site, working with highly skilled and experienced professionals. You will have the opportunity to work on some of the UK’s most exciting and challenging civil engineering projects, and you will also be developing your technical and professional skills through a bespoke development plan.

BAM Nuttall was chosen as the National Winner in the Large Employer Category at the 2013 National Apprenticeship Awards competing against companies of all sizes and disciplines.

We have been listed as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the last 3 years.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entry requirements?
Our Apprenticeship Programme is one of our entry routes for young people and is available to all young people over the age of 16.

You will need to have GCSE's (or equivalent) in Maths grade A* - B, and English Language and Science at grade A* - C.

What qualifications will I study?
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations

How long is the Programme?
The Apprenticeship Programme takes 2 years. After this you will have the choice of continuing your studies on our Higher National Diploma Programme or of working on site full time.

The programme starts each year in October at Stephenson College ( in Leicestershire.

Over the 2 years you will spend 30 weeks at college, spilt into 4 blocks.

Where will I live whilst at college?
During the college blocks our apprentices stay in small groups with a local family or landlady. All our accommodation is carefully vetted to ensure the safety and welfare of our apprentices.

Where will I work for my site placements?
We try to place our apprentices close to home when possible. However one of the exciting parts of our industry is the chance to move around the country. If you are required to live away from home during your site placements we will help towards your accommodation and travel costs. And with our team of advisors you will have plenty of help finding suitable accommodation and settling in.

What opportunities will I have afterwards?
Following successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, most of our apprentices will continue on to our HND Programme. This is a 2 year block release programme also delivered at Stephenson College.

During this time you will begin your professional development and start working towards your Technician Membership of the ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers) or CICES (Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors).

And your career development does not t stop there. We will continue to offer personal and professional development throughout your career with us. One day you could be responsible for running your own multi-million pound project!

Here are some role descriptions to help you decide what’s right for you:

What does a Civil Engineer do?
Civil Engineers are construction professionals who make up our site supervisory and management team, most civil engineers work predominantly outdoors. Civil engineers turn plans into reality and are responsible for ensuring that projects are completed to a high standard within the given timeframe.

A civil engineer will provide instructions to our skilled workforce on a daily basis through the use of specialist setting out equipment. He or she will maintain diaries of site activities and ensure works are carried out safely in accordance with the Company's Health and Safety and Environment procedures.

What does a Quantity Surveyor do?
Quantity surveyors in civil engineering (civil engineering surveyors) are part of the commercial management team. Commercial management is the process that deals with contractual and financial aspects of civil engineering projects.

Quantity surveyors are a crucial part of our site teams. They are construction professionals with a working knowledge of contracts, law, finance, economics, tendering and procurement.

What does a Planning Engineer do?
Planning engineers work within the site supervisory and management team and are responsible for ensuring the successful planning and organisation of a project. They will analyse the plans and propose methods and options for completing the works on time and to budget. They work closely with the project manager and quantity surveyors to monitor the financials of the project and ensure that resources are appropriately allocated to achieve each stage of the project.

Whilst a civil engineer predominantly works outside, actively turning the plans into reality, our planning engineers look at the engineering challenges theoretically and draw the engineering and commercial viabilities of the project together.

Why BAM Nuttall

Craft Apprenticeships

Unlike many other contractors, we have a large, directly employed workforce of highly skilled trade professionals.

On a project-need basis we regularly recruit for apprenticeship positions in these specialist trades to join our teams. Most craft apprenticeships take 18 months and are a mix of theory and practical training at college and work on site. We work with numerous colleges across the country to deliver the various programmes.

If you enjoy working outside and are looking for a technically challenging and physical role a craft apprenticeship might be just the thing. We look for people who have good attention to detail, enjoy problem solving and above all have an enthusiasm to learn and develop new skills.

Due to the nature of working on site it is of the utmost importance that any applicant has respect for health and safety, the ability to follow procedures and can work in a responsible and mature manner.

Our craft apprenticeship roles include:

Sprayed concrete lining – a method of applying concrete used most commonly in tunnels

Steel fixing - positioning and securing the steel bars and mesh used in reinforced concrete

General construction work – varied roles

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Sprayed Concrete Lining
Sprayed concrete is a method of applying concrete that is generally self-supporting without the need for formwork. Sprayed concrete is a method most commonly used in tunnelling.

The concrete mix is supplied in the wet form and is pumped to the spraying nozzle where air is added to project the concrete onto a surface. The use of accelerators added at the nozzle can assist in applying the concrete in overhead situations.

Steel fixing

A Steelfixer is a tradesperson who positions and secures steel reinforcing bars, also known as rebar, and steel mesh used in reinforced concrete on construction projects.

The work involves following engineering drawings that detail the type of bar, the spacing required and setting out the work. The reinforcing bars are tied together with wire, which is cut using nips, or rebar ties. Steel fixers are also responsible for attaching 'spacers' and 'chairs' that determine the amount of concrete cover.

General Construction Operations
A General Construction Operative is a tradesperson who has a varied role on a construction site. This might include duties such as:

  • Ground work; marking out and digging shallow trenches for foundations and drains
  • Steel-piling; fixing steel sheets together to form temporary retaining walls for excavation work
  • Concreting; layering and smoothing concrete for foundations, floors and beams
  • Road working – concreting, laying kerbs, paving and re-surfacing

You would also use various hand, power and machine tools with further training.

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