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Civil Engineering Apprenticeship

£17,000 Per Year
Murphy Group

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Over the course of your apprenticeship, you will work full-time in a civil engineering role for Murphy Group, where you will be a key member of your assigned project team on site. You will learn how to become responsible for the daily control, management and coordination of construction activities on site to ensure projects are delivered on time, on budget and to the required safety, environmental and quality standards.

Your responsibilities will increase throughout the duration of the apprenticeship programme as your skills and technical knowledge develop, and you will be supported throughout by your assigned workplace mentor, in conjunction with you university apprenticeship tutor, to ensure you gain the right mix of skills and experience to successfully complete your apprenticeship programme.

As a Civil Engineering Degree Apprentice, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Working alongside our project engineers and construction managers to develop construction strategies and sequences
  • Producing sketches and drawings to clarify construction sequences
  • Undertaking concept design and site inspections of temporary works
  • Undertaking scope reviews of civil and structural tenders
  • Assisting in providing design and remedial solutions
  • Reviewing and preparing risk assessments and method statements
  • Establishing and maintaining secondary dimensional control
  • Ensuring appropriate as-built surveys are undertaken
  • Checking dimensions of major elements and critical interfaces
  • Monitoring surveying and setting out of subcontractors, ensuring best practice
  • Raising Non-Conformance Reports
  • Monitoring subcontractors to ensure compliance with method statements and inspection test plans
  • Carrying out quality control checks
  • Assisting package and construction manages with quality issues arising on site.

Information on Degree Apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships are a new way of studying for a degree. They offer a fully-funded pathway to higher education and a professional qualification, paid for by the government and the employer; students aren`t required to pay University tuition fees.

A degree apprenticeship combines the undergraduate, university experience with paid employment and industrial experience. As a graduate of this programme, you can expect to leave with a University of Warwick degree, a professional qualification and zero student debt. During the degree programme you will benefit from the academic rigour and state-of-the-art facilities that a top class university can offer, and be part of an ambitious, diverse and high achieving student body.

The Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Degree Apprenticeship is delivered through a combination of residential courses at Warwick University, blended learning through a Virtual Learning Environment and work-based projects over a 5 year period. There are six, one-week blocks of teaching on campus each year and, during the residential week, you will attend lectures, seminars, participate in laboratories and spend time with your academic tutors.

Degree Content

Year 1: Professional Engineering Competencies, Maths, Statics and Structures, Computational Modelling and Introduction to Business Management

Year 2: Civil Engineering Design, Maths and Technical Computing, Structural Analysis, Surveying and Construction Management and Construction Materials

Year 3: Structural Design, Concrete and Steel Structures, Geotechnical Engineering

Year 4: Infrastructure Design, Transport Engineering, Water Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering

Year 5: In your final year you will complete in a group the Integrated Project that scopes the whole of the apprenticeship.

Who do we look for?

We need grafters who’ll get stuck into the job. Sometimes things get tough. There are lots of ups and downs in an industry like ours: projects can change; you can run into some pretty big obstacles (like, say, elephant remains on your building site). So we need people who aren’t fazed by that: you get your nose down and you work hard, whatever comes your way.

Go-getters who own their development. We support our apprentices and graduates, and we recognise their successes, but nothing’s going to be handed to you on a plate here. If you want a promotion, you’ve got to work for it, and if you want to learn something, it’s up to you to pursue it.

Above all, we need people who believe in our values:

  • Never Harm
  • Always Deliver
  • One Family, One Team, One Murphy
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Integrity – Respect for All

Salary and Benefits

We’re a family firm and we look after each other. No beating about the bush here: that means looking after you financially too.

£17,000 per annum (to increase upon each year of completion of the course)

Company Pension Scheme

27 Days Annual Leave

Staff Bonus (dependent on individual and company performance)

Cycle to Work Scheme

2 Volunteering Days per annum (paid)


As a Construction and Civil Engineering company we have project sites, big and small, based all over the UK. From Glasgow to Gosport we want you to experience as much as possible when you join our Apprenticeship programme, there are a whole host of skills and competencies we want you to experience and for that we need you to be fully flexible on location. As part of our graduate programme, we will be rotating you every 9-12 months around our projects so that you can maximise your learning experience and exposure to your field of study.

Entry Requirements

3 A Levels including Mathematics – Grades AAB or;

BTEC Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering or equivalent

Additional Requirements

Due to the nature of the work and size of our sites we require you to have or be working towards achieving a full clean UK driving license.

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