How to become a civil engineering apprentice: Kawsar's story

Meet Kawsar, 18, from East London, and find out about his apprenticeship as a civil engineer for Transport for London. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I want young people to know that university is not the only way into employment.

  • Kawsar wanted to be a civil engineer from a young age because the job involves working with new technology to find solutions to construction problems
  • Day-to-day, Kawsar works with a mentor on construction sites as part of his apprenticeship
  • He works four days a week on site at a London underground station and one day at college
  • At school, Kawsar's teachers and friends expected him to go to university but he's so glad he followed his heart and chose a more hands-on apprenticeship scheme.

Kawsar's career path

Kawsar's career path

What to expect if you're interested in being a civil engineer

An apprenticeship like Kawsar's can be the first step towards a career as a civil engineer. They are highly trained to design and manage construction projects, from bridges and buildings to transport links and sports stadiums.

  • Civil engineer salary: £24,000 to £80,000 average per year
  • Civil engineer working hours: 35 to 40 hours per week
  • Typical entry requirements: You'll usually need an Engineering degree (BEng) or a Master’s degree (MEng) in Civil Engineering or, like Kawsar, you could also get into this job through an apprenticeship. You could start as a technician and study part-time for a Higher National Diploma (HND) or foundation degree, leading to a degree in Civil Engineering.

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

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