Course at a glance

Subject Area:

HECDM CBE, HECDM Civil Engineering, HECDM Building Services Engineering


BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment

Course Start:


Course Length:

2 years depending on previous experience


Funding band - £11,000

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Course overview

This Level 3 Construction Support Technician (CST) Apprenticeship is available to anyone aged over 16.

CST apprentices attending LCB will complete a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and Built Environment (CBE) on day-release alongside working in industry for the remainder of the week undertaking 20% off-the-job training.

Construction Support Technicians can be employed by large organisations such as major national housebuilding contractors, building services and civil engineering contractors, as well as small and medium-sized contractors and subcontractors such as ground-workers, roofing companies, plasterers and decorators together with a host of other specialised construction areas. Work is often in an exciting and dynamic environment which could be office-based or on a construction site.

Technicians often support construction teams with estimating, quantity surveying, planning, design and site roles. They interpret, analyse, contribute, and directly assist construction contracting professionals working with a wide range of projects, regularly interacting with internal and external customers.

The apprentice will also complete an online portfolio of evidence which demonstrates that each of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in the Standard, have been met in readiness for the End Point Assessment (EPA). This online portfolio of evidence will be supervised by in-company mentors and LCB assessors.

Once the apprentice gets to the gateway confirmed by their employer, they will need to undertake an EPA.

Completion of the apprenticeship standard will be confirmed following the satisfactory conclusion of the EPA.

Course content

Apprentices will learn:

  • Appropriate construction principles, mathematical and technical knowledge of site technologies such as methods used to design, plan, build or maintain built environment projects.
  • Statutory health, safety and welfare policies, procedures and regulations, including safe working practices and how to comply with them.
  • Workplace health, safety and welfare requirements including site and office-based protocols and legislation.
  • Use of appropriate construction terminology during verbal communications and Tailoring communication to the audience.
  • The different types of built environment contracts, project documentation, technical drawings and procurement processes in order to support the production of resource lists
  • Appropriate digital construction processes and systems and their use in the sector such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) or other computer-based software packages
  • Project tendering, measurement and costing systems to assist with the planning of schedules of work and to provide early warning of problems for all contract phases on site
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion, and its impact on built environment solutions
  • Appropriate surveying methods and techniques used to develop information to contribute to the measurement, evaluation and review of project performance
  • The code of conduct of relevant professional bodies and institutions and their professional obligation to make a contribution to society
  • Ethical principles as applied to construction and the built environment
  • Written communication techniques and the production of technical reports
  • Information technology: Management Information Systems (MIS), word processing, virtual communication, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), cyber security

Apprentices must:

  • Put safety first for themselves and others ensuring compliance with health, safety, environmental and quality requirements and policies
  • Take personal responsibility for sustainable outcomes when carrying out duties, using environmental good practices
  • Take ownership of own work, knowing own limitations and when to ask for support
  • Be committed to keeping up to date with industry best practice and own professional development

What skills & qualities do apprentices need?

A careful, methodical and accurate approach to your work, the ability to work well in a team and meet deadlines, good communication, problem-solving and digital skills.

Entry requirements:

4 GCSEs at grade 4 and above including Maths and English.

Progression opportunities

After completing this course there are a number of options available; depending on your final grade you could move onto a higher education course at LCB including a HNC/HND, higher or degree apprenticeship.

Information for employers

If you are considering taking on an apprentice and would like to find out more about the Level 3 Construction Support Technician Apprenticeship Standard, please get in touch with the apprenticeship team.

They will be able to advise you on the course content, offer advice for levy and non-levy payers and provide details on the end point assessment (EPA).

You can find out more about this apprenticeship standard on the Institute for Apprenticeship site.

From 1st April 2021 all employers are required to use the government apprenticeship service to secure funding for any apprentices they wish to employ. Apprentices will be unable to start their course at college without reserving funding.

We can assist you with this process by providing informative emails, videos and telephone assistance, please get in touch to find out more.

0113 222 6041

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