Engineering construction

Information on engineering construction apprenticeships and what career opportunities there are in this sector.

Apprentices out in the field UK engineering construction is a global force and employs approximately 80,000 people in the UK and 100,000 worldwide. The industry delivers successful new build, maintenance, plant upgrade and decommissioning projects worldwide across the oil, gas, water, power generation, nuclear, chemical, pharmaceutical, water, and food and drink industries.

Domestically, the £16 billion industry is fundamental to the economy and the demand for engineering construction is set to rise significantly over the next decade and beyond. The advanced level apprenticeship reflects the many career pathways requiring specialist skills.

Intermediate level apprenticeships

The engineering construction intermediate framework is recognised within the industry as an entry route for new entrants to attain the minimum skills required to support work on engineering construction sites.

The occupations within this framework reflect the changing nature of the work and the need to assist with some of the work functions of those trained at a higher level. It can also serve as a progression route for individuals who do not meet the criteria for entry on to the Level 3 framework.

Advanced level apprenticeships

Combining college learning with work experience, this framework is recognised within the industry as the best route for attracting and developing young entrants to the industry and for them to attain the skills, industry awareness, practical experience and relevant qualifications required to work in a variety of roles on engineering construction sites, including off shore installations.


The starting salary - once qualified - is £14,500 - £17,000.

Want to find out more about engineering construction?

Further information on engineering construction apprenticeships can be found at the ECITB [new window].


Reproduced from The Apprenticeship Guide [new window].

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