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Apprentice Civil Engineer (Level 6) – Thames Valley, eight2o

Apprentice Civil Engineer (Level 6) – Thames Valley, eight2o

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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. Some of our recent projects include the £400m redevelopment project at London Bridge Station, and the Thames Tideway Tunnel which is an under-construction 25km tunnel which will provide capture, storage and conveyance of almost all the combined raw sewage and rainwater discharges that currently overflow into the river.


During your apprenticeship you will be working on the eight2o Alliance based at a variety of construction sites and operational offices to gain experience in the various aspects of civil engineering. We will aim to place you as close as possible to your desired home location but you may be expected to be flexible during the course of your apprenticeship.


The eight2o Alliance is a grouping of industry leaders working in collaboration to design and deliver essential improvements to Thames Water’s ageing infrastructure. The multi - £billion contract will be delivered by the 8-partner Alliance which includes two design and build Joint Ventures. Costain’s JV will be predominantly delivering projects in the Thames Valley and Thames South Regions. There is a mix of Waste Water Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure, and Water Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure projects across the framework. 

What will I be doing?

  • Develop an understanding of construction skills, terminology and methodology
  • Understand safe working practices, Health and Safety and CDM regulations within the work environment
  • Information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Mathematics for civil engineers

About you

You will need to have:

  • 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.
  • A full valid car drivers license

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)


What do you get:

  • 25 days holiday
  • Health Assessments - every two years free of charge
  • Bupa – subsidised rate for first 3 years of employment – after this Costain covers this for the employer
  • Cycle to work scheme – salary sacrifice
  • Laptop and Mobile Phone
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Subsidised Gym membership with Virgin Active
  • Employer Assistance Programme - 24/7 support service, offers range of free support and information. Free for employer, family & friends
  • Free eye test for those using visual aids
  • Excellent pension scheme (auto-enrolled by employer)