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Apprentice Civil Engineer (Level 6) - London, Thames Tideway

Apprentice Civil Engineer (Level 6) - London, Thames Tideway

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About Costain and your project.

Costain has been improving the lives of people through infrastructure since 1865. We have built airports, petrochemical plants, waste treatment works and schools – creating the building blocks of modern life and improving the quality of life of the people who use them.


The Tideway Project:

River Thames is at the heart of London, but in recent years it has often been overlooked. Tideway wants to help change all that. We are recruiting talented people to help us deliver our ambition of re-invigorating a much under-used social, environmental and economic asset.

CVB will be delivering the East Section of a new tunnel to protect the tidal River Thames from the tens of millions of tonnes of sewage pollution discharged into it every year, via overflow points built into the capital’s overstretched, largely Victorian sewerage network. 

The Thames Tideway Tunnel is one of the largest construction projects of its type in Europe. Main construction work on the tunnel, starting in 2016, will take up to seven years to complete. But it’s not just an engineering project, it’s about building a London that meets the needs of generations to come.

More importantly, we want to reconnect London with its river. 


We have 2 opportunities, one based at the Greenwich site and one based in Bermondsey.

What will I be doing?

At the Greenwich site on Thames Tideway, you will be part of the team responsible for excavating the shaft and preparation works for the tunnelling phase. This will include the erection of a 17m high, structural steel framed acoustic enclosure that will contain two gantry cranes. Your role within the team will typically involve:

  • Assisting with setting out
  • Preparing work plans and reports
  • Assisting with the preparation of briefings
  • Site reporting and monitoring of site progress
  • Site inspections and surveys
  • Ensuring the works are carried out safely and to design requirements

At the Bermondsey site, you will be joining a team responsible for delivering a key element of work on a project. You will take a role in technical delivery as well as managing aspects of time, quality and engineering.

  • Management of site operations, to ensure safety, quality and timely production
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Briefing teams 
  • Planning and sequencing of operations
  • Setting out and provide engineering information

About you

You will need to:

  • A Level BBC or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to Engineering qualifications with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths and Physics
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C

We will track your progress and performance for 3 years and during your apprenticeship you will get:

  • On-going support and reviews from L&D advisor and training provider
  • 6 monthly pay increases based on performance and attendance
  • Options to attend career events and promote the business
  • Training in line with your qualification to help personal development
  • Option to progress onto further apprenticeship (funded by Costain) upon completion of 1st apprenticeship (subject to meeting requirements)