Tunnelling operative apprenticeship

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

The primary role of a tunnelling operative is to assist with the excavation, support and forming of tunnels and shafts in the ground associated with the construction process to provide an underground space, tunnel or shaft. During the tunnelling operative apprenticeship, you’ll train in typical tunnelling methods, such as hand tunnelling, machine tunnelling, pipejacking, sprayed concrete lining, shaft sinking, and drill and blast. You’ll work as part of a larger team on a tunnelling project in which you’ll have responsibility for performing tasks that will include moving and handling materials, resources and components by mechanically assisted or manual means, loading and unloading, and handling and conveying goods and materials. Other duties will include guiding and controlling the movement and operation of plant, machinery and vehicles.


Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: DT and geography

Entry requirements for the tunnelling operative apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £40,000 per annum

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