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General Construction 

Duration: 24 months
Structure: 18 weeks of training, at college and vis remote delivery; on-site journal and evidence of work experience completed through OneFile
Location: Inchinnan (Glasgow)
Start dates:
Continuous start dates available 

This apprenticeship course is for people who want to gain a vocational qualification in essential civil engineering, while gaining industry experience.

You’ll learn a host of civil engineering principles, such as concreting, excavation activities and drainage, as well as the processes involved in health and safety, and levelling and setting out.

Course content

The course will cover practical principles in:

  • Drainage
  • Concrete
  • Levelling and setting out
  • Block paving
  • Kerbing
  • Brickwork
  • Excavation support 
  • Working at height
  • Confined space operations
  • Small tools operation
  • Movement of plant 
  • Manual handling

You’ll learn basic skills, knowledge and awareness in:

  • Interpreting information
  • Risk assessments and method statements
  • Basic civil engineering methods
  • Construction elements 
  • Effective communications
  • BIM
  • Basic project management 
  • Site communication
  • Earthworks
  • Working area protection
  • Health and safety

You’ll also focus on personal skills in:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Time management
  • Personal organisation

Teaching and assessment

18 weeks of training delivered over 24 months.

Week 1: Induction.

Weeks 2 to 15: Theoretical and practical training at NCC Inchinnan in two-week blocks.

Weeks 16 to 18: Final assessments

Qualifications you gain

  • SVQ Construction and Civil Engineering Operations (Construction) SCQF level 5

Methods of assessment

You’ll be regularly assessed using a range of methods, including written assessment, practical assessment, verbal questioning and presentation, and multiple-choice testing. You’ll also be required to complete college-based and site-based activity journals. You’ll be given clear, direct and constructive feedback to enable you to make progress and successfully complete the course.

Mandatory entry requirements

To help us assess your suitability for the course, you'll need to complete a skills learning exercise and possibly attend college for further tests.

Other information

The course involves:

  • strenuous physical activity
  • working at heights
  • wearing PPE/RPE
  • working to deadlines

How to apply

Call 0344 994 4433 or email  

After this course

Following completion of the Modern Apprenticeship, candidates should be able to work as a dry lining fixer in the construction industry.