What is a Groundworker?
If you have seen our advert on Indeed for a Groundworker Apprenticeship in Yeovil, Somerset you might be wondering what the work involves? Well, here’s an overview. And if you know someone who fits the bill, please ask them to get in contact. We would be very keen to talk to them!
A Groundworker is usually one of the first people onto a building site at the start of the project and one of the last to leave at the end. They can work in teams (gangs) or on their own and typically use tools such as crow bars, concrete nippers, sledgehammers and bolt cutters!
Groundworkers clear and prepare a construction site before the building work can begin and can expect to dig trenches, deal with drainage systems, underground pipes, and work with concrete and block paving. Then, at the end of a project, they will lay any kerbs, paths, and driveways.
As a labouring builder, a Groundworker needs to follow all the health and safety regulations on site and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including a hard hat, Hi-Viz jacket, gloves, and appropriate boots. They are also working outside and will need a good level of physical fitness, communication skills and be able to demonstrate teamwork as well as personal initiative to cope with the varying demands of the job.
It takes roughly 18 months to achieve a level 2 Groundworker Apprenticeship qualification and, although you will need some good problem-solving skills, there is additional help for anyone who has struggled with their Maths and English GCSE.
If you think this is of interest, you can find more careers information on the Go Construct website here – bit.ly/3wrXQhE and apprenticeship detail on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education here – bit.ly/3H1ETXK.
Our Groundworker Apprenticeship opportunity in Yeovil, Somerset is on the Indeed website here – indeedhi.re/3wBDwdP. We look forward to hearing from you!