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Formwork is internationally recognised as an innovative technique that is used to form concrete structures across the entire infrastructure, from constructing roads, rail, bridges, underground structures to high-rise concrete buildings. Concrete technology has developed significantly over the past 50 years and continues to do so, with structures being formed stronger, vaster and spanning wider. This has only been achieved by the continued application of new formwork techniques.

Formworkers contribute to the construction of projects through the preparation, installation and quality management of all stages of the formwork and falsework process. Preparing falsework that provides temporary support structures for forms and undertake formwork. This includes producing panels and fittings that mould to form a desired shape with concrete, such as slabs, support beams, columns and walls. They are involved in the entire envelope of the construction industry: including all the major over ground and underground projects across the UK such as Thameslink, Tideway, HS2, Battersea Power Station, Manchester Tram System, A14, Glasgow School of Art and Hinkley Point. The skills gained can be used world-wide and can also be a steppingstone for your career i.e. supervisory and management roles.

Additional information

Skills & knowledge the apprentice will develop

  • Health, Safety and Environment  
  • Communication  
  • Planning, preparing and organising work  
  • Building Relationship
Technical Skills & knowledge:  
  • Form and assemble horizontal and vertical formwork as per design drawings and repair, erect and strike formworking.
  • Erect, Strike formwork/ falsework and its components for a range of applications including wall, slabs/bases, columns, beams, and precast units to support concrete.  
  • Competent to safely use, store and maintain hand tools, power tools and ancillary equipment.

How will I learn & what qualifications will I gain?

Additional Added Value Training for Steel Fixers:
  • Basic Model Authoring (using Tekla Structures)  
  • Basic BIM Hardware training

Duration of the Apprenticeship

15 months

Start Date:
Anytime – Roll on, roll off

Professional Recognition and Career Progression

Career progression could include:

  • Design & Draughtsperson  
  • Digital Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Site Engineer

How much will it cost and incentives

The full cost of this apprenticeship is £8,000.

Levy Paying Employers: Full amount will be covered via your contributions into the account.

Non-Levy Paying Employers: You pay just 5% towards the cost of the apprenticeship with the Government funding the remaining 95%.  Therefore, the maximum cost incurred would be £400 (Payment Plans are available). 

If you employ fewer than 50 employees, the government will pay 100% of the apprenticeship training costs up to the funding band maximum and pay a grant of £1000 for apprentices aged:

  • 16 to 18
  • 19 to 24 with an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority

Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice

Employers can apply for a payment of £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who have an employment start date of 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022. These apprentices must also have an apprenticeship start date of 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

Applications close 15 May 2022.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A-C/4-9 including English & Maths

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