Civil Engineering Apprenticeship (Level 3) – NI Civil Service


REF: IRC302233
SALARY: £24,225 – £25,732
DEPARTMENT: Department for Infrastructure (DfI), Northern Ireland Civil Service
LOCATION: Throughout Northern Ireland
Closing Date: Friday 05 July 2024


Civil Engineering Apprentice


Subject to satisfactory service, successful completion of the 2-year Level 3 part time course and 1 further year (i.e. 3 years in total at the Civil Engineering Apprentice grade), Apprentices will progress to Professional and Technical Officer (PTO) grade. The PTO salary scale is currently £30,721 – £31,352. Progression will be subject to satisfactory performance and completion of all relevant training and qualifications.


Level 3 Civil Engineering Course

The post-holder is required to study in order to obtain two Level 3 qualifications (Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians; and Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Civil Engineering) and work toward professional qualification as an Engineering Technician with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The post-holder will carry out a range of professional and technical duties while studying a part-time at a Northern Ireland based Further Education College.


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have, by the closing date for applications:

At least 5 GCSEs (Grade C and above) including a minimum of Grade B in Maths, Grade C in English (or Level 2 Essential Skills in place of GCSE English), Grade C in a Science subject (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Double Award Science).

As this is a Civil Engineering Apprentice opportunity, applicants who have previously achieved Level 3 or above in a recognised vocational qualification in a Civil Engineering/Construction related course are not eligible to apply for this competition. Candidates who hold other qualifications which would make them eligible to enter a level 4 Civil Engineering/Construction related course will still be required to complete the level 3 course rather than moving onto level 4.

Failure to declare existing qualifications may result in your employment being terminated.


Shortlisting Criteria

In addition, applicants should be aware that after an eligibility sift, should it be necessary to shortlist candidates to go forward to interview, the following shortlisting criteria will be used in the order listed:

  1. A minimum of Grade B in a relevant Science subject (Physics or Double Award Science)
  2. A minimum of Grade A in Maths.


The panel will use the information provided in your application form for eligibility criterion 1 to shortlist if necessary.


Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to the employment of disabled people, we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS).  The GIS does not guarantee a job. However, its objective is to ensure disabled applicants, who meet the minimum essential eligibility criteria for the role they have applied for, are offered an interview. Further information on the GIS can be found at  Information for Disabled Applicants.

If you wish to apply under the GIS, you must declare this on your application form. Shortlisting criteria will not apply to GIS applicants.


For full information please click on link below


 Candidate Information Booklet