How to become an apprentice site engineer: Zoe's story

I’m on a five-year apprenticeship. I work four days a week on site and one day a week at uni. You gain knowledge from the practical work without the student debt.

Zoe’s father did an apprenticeship in construction and she was inspired to follow in his footsteps and do the same. After college, she joined a five-year apprenticeship, working for the construction company Laing O’Rourke. This also allows her to go to university one day a week. She gets paid while she learns the role, and feels she has picked up a lot of useful, practical knowledge.

She marks out where walls should go and where concrete should be poured using electrical equipment. She also manages sub-contractors on site, making sure they hit their deadlines.

Zoe enjoys working with a diverse group of people and feels fully supported as she learns new skills. She's looking forward to showing her friends and family the tube station she has helped to build!

Zoe's career path

What qualifications do you need to be a site engineer?

  • Entry requirements: An apprenticeship is a great way to get the required experience and qualifications in construction or civil engineering. You’ll also need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card and relevant health and safety training. You can find more information about available courses from CITB and Go Construct

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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