Piling Attendant Level 2 Apprenticeship

If you want to start a career in piling, the Piling Apprenticeship offers the perfect opportunity to be trained as a highly skilled site operative.

We deliver the Piling Apprenticeship in partnership with The Sheffield College. The 2-year programme, fully funded, covers assisting in driving, boring, and forming piles in the ground to provide firm support for buildings and structures.

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, please Get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.


No experience in the industry is required.

Apprentices must complete or have previously completed recognised English and Mathematics Level 1 qualification (GCSE grade 2 or above) and aspire to achieve English and Mathematics Level 2 qualifications (grade 4 or above) during the apprenticeship.


On completion of this apprenticeship, Piling Attendants will be able to demonstrate competence in the following:

  • work safely on site and comply with environmentally responsible work practices
  • supply information on the activities and progress of the work
  • contribute to sustainable practices in piling operations
  • manually handle loads
  • sling and signal the movement of suspended loads during lifting operations
  • carry out user maintenance on tools, piling plant and machinery
  • identify excavated soils and types of rock
  • apply first aid “At Work”
  • guide and control the movement and operations of piling plant, machinery, and vehicles
  • off load and load vehicles
  • operate powered units, tools, machinery, and equipment specific to piling operations (e.g. concrete pumps, generators, compressors agitators, pressure washers or lighting sets)
  • support, work as part of a team, to rig and derig piling plant and machinery
  • monitor the delivery of concrete and take samples for testing
  • transport, handle, pour, position and lay concrete and protect it for curing

Support one of the following Piling Operations:

Training and Assessments

Training is in block release attending off the job courses for example Health & Safety Awareness (CITB), concrete technology, slinger signalling, plant machinery marshal, and gain a valid CSCS card. Assessments to gain the relevant certifications will take place during the apprenticeships.

At the end of the programme, apprentices will be required to successfully complete an End Point Assessment. This consists of a practical assessment of skills learned and a discussion to assess additional knowledge.


As part of the Piling Attendant apprenticeship, apprentices work within a piling rig gang, observing and supporting key activities such as working as a slinger, signaller and operating a concrete pump. The 18-to-24-month programme will see each apprentice gain the Level 2 NVQ in Piling Operations as well as several industry recognised certifications.

Progression and Professional Recognition

This apprenticeship has been designed to deliver sufficient competence, underpinning knowledge, and understanding to allow individuals to meet the requirements of construction industry registration schemes.

Progression from the Level 2 Apprenticeship could lead to Level 3 in specialist piling operations or with experience and maturity Occupational Work Supervision (Piling) within the construction industry. The competencies of this occupation will provide access to a wide range of employment opportunities.

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