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Tunnelling Operative

Building the underground tunnels needed for services such as rail lines and water works.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


2 (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)

Typical length
18 months
Current funding band
Up to £12,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

What apprentices will learn
  • preparing sites for tunnelling work
  • organising the delivery and storage of equipment
  • making sure the correct materials are available for a team to start work
  • operating equipment, tools and machinery

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve the level 2 NVQ diploma in tunnelling operations
  • achieve level 2 English, and maths (equivalent to GCSE grades 9 to 4 or A* to C)
Professional registration

None specified.

End Point Assessment

There are no end point assessment organisations for this standard yet. There is a monthly application process for organisations interested in delivering end-point assessment. New organisations are added regularly.

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