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

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

What to expect if you want to become civil engineer

  • Civil engineer salary: £24,000 to £80,000 average per year
  • Civil engineer working hours: 35 to 40 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a civil engineer?

  • 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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