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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.

How apprentices are assessed

A government-approved organisation must assess apprentices towards the end of their apprenticeship.

This end-point assessment ensures apprentices achieve the skills, training and any qualifications necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

You can download the assessment plan from the Institute for Apprenticeships. There are no end-point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship yet. Please email if you urgently need an end-point assessment organisation.

More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.