Syd Varley Groundworks Ltd

General Construction Operative Apprentice - Intermediate (Level 2)

Syd Varley Groundworks Ltd (Employer)

Learning Skills Partnership Ltd (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £166.00
40.0 hours per week 40 hours per week, days and times to be confirmed.
18 months (duration)
12 October 2020(start date)
Groundworker (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
5 October 2020 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Syd Varley Groundworks is offering one of the best opportunities to start your career in the construction industry by completing an apprenticeship as a General Construction Operative. It will be hands on from the beginning; with a supportive team behind you, you will be out on site with your role growing as your confidence and skills improve.


Syd Varley Groundworks Ltd is a Groundwork and Civil Engineering company based in County Durham. We work all over the North East sub-contracting to large scale developers.

Our current sites include Darlington, Throckley and Kingston Park. All three of these sites are housing developments and include work such as: plotworks, excavation, drainage, concreting, kerbing, paving, tarmacking, utilities, road formation and hard landscaping etc.

You will also be learning how to use various tools, what PPE is required and what tools are best for each job.

We have 3 foreman who have their own groups of workers and Syd who oversees all 3 sites. You will be working closely with a site foreman but could be moved sites at any point if needed and to help you to gain experience of different areas of the work we carry out. 

As well as learning onsite you will have one day a week of classroom/virtual classroom training in small groups with other apprentices. 

What will I be doing?

If you enjoy practical work and want a job outdoors, then working on a construction site could be for you. To be a construction operative you will need a basic knowledge of building methods and materials.

At the start of a job, you would help to prepare the site, for example putting up site huts, unloading and storing building materials.

Once the project gets underway, your duties could include:

  • Groundworking – marking out and digging shallow trenches for foundations and drains
  • Formworking – putting up or dismantling the shuttering that holds setting concrete in place
  • Steel fixing – bending and fixing the bars used to reinforce concrete structures
  • Steel piling – fixing steel sheets together to form temporary retaining walls for excavation work
  • Concreting – layering and smoothing concrete for foundations, floors and beams
  • Road working – concreting, laying kerbs, paving and re-surfacing

You would use various hand, power and machine tools and, with further training, you could operate construction plant equipment, such as dumper trucks or excavators.

Future Prospects

This apprenticeship programme is very much the start of an exciting career in the construction industry with wide ranging prospects.

This programme will provide the essential grounding and understanding of what is a challenging environment.

This is a unique opportunity to start a varied and highly rewarding career.

Reality Check

This apprenticeship will involve personal study outside work. 

A career in construction may involve being based on projects in various locations.

This role may involve some travelling, specifically in order to attend the training facility to undertake your academic training, as such a driving licence would be beneficial.

Skills Required

To be a construction operative, you will need:

  • Ability to undertake physical work
  • A full driving licence would be desirable (Due to the nature of the role)
  • Basic knowledge of building methods and materials
  • Good practical skills
  • The ability to follow written and spoken instructions
  • A good head for heights
  • Good team working skills
  • An awareness of on-site health and safety issues

Qualities Required

  • You must be keen to work outdoors
  • You should also be honest, reliable and willing to learn
  • You must be committed to completing this apprenticeship
  • A desire to learn about the Construction Industry

Qualifications Required

GCSE’s or equivalent in Maths English and Science Grade 9-4 (A*-C) desirable but not essential.

Training Provided

Groundworker Level 2.

As well as learning onsite you will have one day a week of classroom/virtual classroom training in small groups with other apprentices. 

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