Civil Engineering Apprenticeship - Advanced and Higher Scheme (Ref.3032)

  • Exeter
  • Full Time
  • £18,333 per annum Grade A £19,264 - £20,043 per annum Grade C

Fixed term - 30 months 

Civil Engineering is all about creating, improving, maintaining, and protecting the environment in which we live; from ensuring a constant supply of water, to designing, constructing and maintaining roads and bridges. Civil Engineers are the foundation for the essential facilities needed in everyday life and crucial to our future, ensuring we have the infrastructure we need and the ability to adapt to new challenges we face.

Here at Devon County Council, we’re looking for Apprentice Civil Engineering Technicians to join our well-respected scheme, working in our Highways, Infrastructure Development and Waste Management Service. You’ll have a real passion and enthusiasm for engineering and be fully committed to achieving great results in your work and in your studies.  This year we have opportunities in Exeter, Newton Abbot and Barnstaple.

Joining the thirty month programme on an advanced or higher apprenticeship, you’ll have a structured training programme in either our Engineering Design or Highways and Traffic Management group whilst working towards gaining the level 3 or 4  apprenticeship for Civil Engineering Technicians at a local college.

Alongside completing your apprenticeship qualification, as part of the programme you’ll also have the opportunity to work in one or more of the following areas:-

·         Highway Design,

·         Bridges and Structures (including bridge maintenance), 

·         Highways and Traffic Management which maintains, operates and improves the highway network

·         or in one of our Neighbourhood Highway teams that deliver the maintenance and improvement of the local highway network

In addition, you’ll also benefit from:-

·         A mentor to support you to achieve Eng.Tech status

·         Attendance on apprentice development sessions

·         On-going support and reviews on your progress

·         Opportunities to attend career and STEM events and promote the Authority

·         Further training in line with your qualification and role, to help personal development

·         Progression routes onto L6 Engineering Apprenticeships

To apply:-

For the advanced level 3 scheme, you’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSE’s with a grade C/4 or above in English and Science and a grade B/6 or above in maths (or equivalent).

Alternatively, on the higher-level 4 programme ideally you will already have a level 3 qualification in Civil Engineering or 3 A levels grades A-C including maths (or equivalent).

For both schemes you should also be able to demonstrate an understanding of engineering issues and show a real aptitude for the role and a passion to learn more. You’ll be a real team player, ready to get stuck in, make the most of opportunities that come your way and thrive in a well-respected career. Good written and verbal skills are also important as you’ll be interacting with a range of people internally and externally, on a daily basis.

Successful candidates will be matched to either a Level 3 Civil Engineering Technician or Level 4 Construction Technician Apprenticeship standard, depending on previous qualifications and experience.

To find out more about Civil Engineering with DCC visit Working For Devon - Highways, infrastructure & Waste

For further information or to arrange an informal discussion, please get in touch at:  and a member of the team will get back to you.

Advanced level 3 scheme - Job Description 

Higher level 4 programme - Job Description 


  • We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
  • DCC embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and safe. We welcome applications from people who share our commitment to stop discrimination, challenge inequality and promote diversity across Devon.
  • The Council offers flexible working arrangements in terms of when and where people work e.g. hybrid working, part-time, condensed hours etc.
  • This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.
  • Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.
  • Happy to Talk Flexible Working.
  • For more information about Working for Devon please visit our Working for Devon page.


What we can offer you

  • Working for Devon County Council has all the benefits that you can expect from a large employer.
  • In return for the vital contribution that you make, we offer:
  • 25 days annual leave per year (rising with length of service) plus Bank Holidays
  • Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme - more information can be found on the Peninsula Pensions website
  • Access to our confidential Employee Assistance Programme – available 24/7 to support you with personal and work life
  • Flexible working opportunities, including home-working (subject to the needs of the role)
  • Discounts from local and high street retailers through the Devon Discounts scheme

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Job Details

  • OrganisationDevon County Council
  • Work LocationExeter
  • Work Postcode

    EX2 7NL

  • Reference


  • Occupational GroupApprenticeships/Training Programmes/Work Experience

  • Salary Details

    £18,333 per annum Grade A £19,264 - £20,043 per annum Grade C

  • Job TermFixed
  • Appointment TypeFull Time
  • Hours

    37 hours per week

  • Closing Date


  • DBS Check Required