Formwork apprenticeship course

Duration: 2 years
Structure: 18 weeks training in total plus on-the-job experience.  
LocationNCC Norfolk and your workplace
: See How to apply below
Funding: See Funding below

This apprenticeship course is for people who want to gain an academic qualification in formwork, while gaining professional experience.

Formworkers shape wood, metal and other materials, which become moulds into which concrete or similar materials are poured to form a structure. This could be used to create anything from constructing foundations to a staircase or bridge.

You’ll learn all the basic skills and knowledge you need to work in the construction industry and achieve a Diploma in Form working.

Course content

The course includes practical training in the following:

  • Interpreting diagrams and technical drawings
  • Principles of setting out
  • Fabricate and repair: wooden and system formwork
  • Erect and strike: wooden and system formwork
  • Erect and strike: crane handled formwork
  • Concrete (mixes, volumes and placing).

You'll also learn all the basic skills and knowledge including:

  • Interpreting information
  • Estimating resources
  • Basic building methods
  • Building elements
  • Building materials.

You’ll also gain competence in:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Health and safety
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Mobile towers
  • Safe use of ladders
  • Manual handling
  • Safe use of small tools and equipment.

Teaching and assessment

18 weeks training (including assessment) in three- or two-week blocks, over two years. Periods between college training are spent on site with your employer, developing work-based skills and knowledge.

Classroom-based theory and workshop-based practical assessments, with individual tutorials and progress reviews. You’ll complete:

  • Written and practical assessments (mapped to Diploma and NVQ Diploma competence levels)
  • A site visit (via an assessor)
  • A synoptic practical test
  • An assessment (delivered via a test at the end of each unit)
  • On-line multiple-choice assessment test at the end of the training course

Qualifications you gain

  • Level 2 Construction Diploma in Formwork
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Formwork Operations
  • Level 2 Functional Skills (maths and English)
  • Personal learning and thinking skills.

Entry requirements


No formal requirements, but it’s useful to have GCSE grades A*-C in English, maths and technology.


  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity.


You will be paid while you learn.


The following CITB grants are available for employers to fund their apprentices on this course:

If you applied for your aprenticeship through the Skills Funding Agency, only applicants aged between 16 and18 who have not been placed on a training scheme before are guaranteed full funding.

How to apply

Call 0300 456 5037 for course dates and how to apply. 

After this course

You can be assessed for higher NVQs at the National Construction College. We provide details to all trainees.