We are now accepting applications for the next cohort of Groundworks Apprentices to start at CETC. Successful applicants will start the programme in March 2023.

Applicants who are currently completing their GCSEs (i.e. school leavers 2023 currently in year 11) should apply for the next cohort starting in September 2023, application will open again for the next cohort in April 2023. To register your interest now please email;

In partnership with The Solent Civil Engineering Employers’ Group, we are proud to be offering a new Apprenticeship programme designed to prepare people for a long-term career in Construction.

This opportunity is unique and unlike other Apprenticeship vacancies. The training you will receive is front-loaded into the first 20 weeks of the course, where you receive practical training and support in a custom-built training facility, CETC, in Lee-on-the-Solent.

The training you receive on this programme ensures that you are “site ready” on your first day on site after your 20-week training programme with both your CSCS card and your CPCS card.

Once you are on-site, you will be working with a close-knit team of people completing a wide variety of tasks, including road and infrastructure development, residential housing, hard landscaping, water management/domestic drainage, and utility installation.

Employment within the Construction industry is varied and fast-paced. For the right person, it will lead to a long and promising career with many development opportunities available and enviable pay rates once you are qualified.

A typical working week (when training at CETC) will be Monday-Friday, 8 hours per day. When released on-site with your employer, working hours and days may vary.

Successful applicants will be offered the opportunity to work for one of the SCEEG employers and will receive outstanding training, competitive pay rates, and a career for life.

Desired skills:

  • Excellent timekeeping
  • Flexibility
  • Reliable

Personal qualities:

  • An interest in Construction is a must!
  • In addition, you must be hardworking, possess a good work ethic, and be reliable with excellent timekeeping
  • You must be resilient and able to keep a calm manner in testing situations and be able to work to deadlines under the instruction of your manager
  • A proactive and ambitious nature helps; always looking for something to do and being willing to go above and beyond to get the job done will see you go far in this industry

Rates of Pay:


Under 18

CETC Training Rate: £240 per week

Site Rate: £320 per week


Over 18

CETC Training Rate: £320 per week

Site Rate: £400 per week

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School Leavers under the age of 19 do not have to pay fees on any full time courses, though may have to pay for their second year if turning 19 during their studies.

If you’re aged 19 or over you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £27,295. Find more information on Advanced Learner Loans on our website.

If you are studying a part-time course and you receive one of the following benefits, or you depend financially on someone who does, you may be entitled to have your tuition fees waived:

  • Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support

You will, however, have to pay any awarding body/assessment fees (unless you are on a first full level 2 course).

* If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit or receive other allowances, you may be eligible to claim concessionary rates. If you are entitled to a fee concession you will be asked to provide proof of your entitlement.

It is essential that you inform us if your entitlement changes at any time during your course.

For any questions about fees, remissions and entitlements, please contact our helpful Enrolments Team on 01329 815 200.