The London Design Engineering UTC is officially recruiting for its Apprenticeships Programme 2021 - 2022.

The LDE UTC is a registered Apprenticeship Training Provider developing industry relevant programmes in collaboration with regional and national employers to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to achieve their chosen apprenticeship standard. Achieving this will enable them to work in a range of engineering and civil engineering roles.

To provide some flexibility and to fall in line with industry requirements, we provide a rolling carousel of three intakes throughout the academic year with a blended learning approach which includes one day a week (term time) day release.

In addition, we have a team of highly experienced, work-based learning assessors visiting and assessing apprentices in the work place.


The LDE UTC is a registered Apprenticeship Training Provider developing industry relevant programmes in collaboration with regional and national employers. Our programmes offer recognised qualifications which equip apprentices for their job and for progression in their chosen career. Apprenticeships combine on-the-job and off-the-job training and we work closely with our employer partners to ensure apprentices develop the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required to achieve their chosen apprenticeship standard. By achieving this will then enable them to work in a range of engineering and civil engineering roles.

With one intake per year (September), our provision includes one day a week (term time) day release where apprentices study their chosen course in College with a varied program of off the job content in collaboration with our Industry partners, the ICE, and other relevant bodies.

We incorporate innovative e-learning during College closure to ensure apprenticeship provision is uninterrupted. In addition, we have a team of highly experienced work-based learning assessors to visit and assess apprentices in the work place.

What are NVQ/Competence-based qualifications? 

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are work-based qualifications that give learners the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their competence in the area of work or job role to which the qualification relates. 

NVQs are based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the appropriate sector. NOS define what employees, or potential employees, must be able to do and know, and how well they should undertake work tasks and work roles. At Level 2 and above, these qualifications are recognised as the competence component of Apprenticeship Frameworks. Qualifications at Level 1 can be used in Traineeships, which are stepping stones to Apprenticeship qualifications. NVQs can also be delivered as stand alone for those who wish to take a work-based qualification. 

NVQs are outcomes based with no fixed learning programme – allowing flexible delivery that meets the individual learner’s needs. They are suitable for those in employment and for those who are studying at college and have a part-time job or access to a substantial work placement – so that they are able to demonstrate the competencies required for work. 

Most learners will work towards their qualification in the workplace or in settings that replicate the working environment as specified in the assessment requirements/strategy for the sector. Colleges, training centres and/or employers can offer these qualifications provided they have access to appropriate physical and human resources. 

Key features of the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians (Institution of Civil Engineers) 

This qualification: 

  • Is nationally recognised 
  • Is based on the Built Environment Design and Construction Contracting Operations National Occupational Standards (NOS). The NOS, assessment requirements/strategy and qualification structures are owned by ConstructionSkills. 

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians (Institution of Civil Engineers) has been approved as a component for the Advanced Apprenticeship frameworks for both Built Environment Design and Construction Contracting Operations. 


What is the purpose of this qualification? 

This qualification will allow apprentices undertaking a Civil Engineering Technical Apprenticeship to fulfil the requirements of the competence based component of the apprenticeship, with appropriate underpinning knowledge and professional attributes. It will also meet the requirements for Technician Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers, subject to success at a subsequent professional review. It contributes to the development of trained technician level personnel for the sector, and is a response to expressed employer need via the Civil Engineering Employers Training Group (CEETG) which ICE hosts. 

Who is this qualification for? 

This qualification is for all learners aged 16 and above who are capable of reaching the required standards. 

Pearson’s policy is that the qualification should: 

  • Be free from any barriers that restrict access and progression 
  • Ensure equality of opportunity for all wishing to access the qualification. 

Demonstrating competence in some construction site based occupations may prove to be a barrier for some learners with disabilities, but alternative assessment opportunities may be considered. 


What are the benefits of this qualification to the learner and employer? 

This qualification will assist companies to meet their contractual obligations with regards to public procurement, to provide apprenticeships and to have sufficient professionally qualified staff. 

Learners will have a qualification that enables them to seek professional registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) with the Engineering Council. 


What are the potential job roles for those working towards this qualification? 

Civil Engineering Technician in a variety of settings with contractors, consultants, government agencies, local authorities and other client bodies. 


What progression opportunities are available to learners who achieve this qualification? 

Learners would be able to progress to the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Construction. 

Progression will also be possible to Foundation Degrees, BSc. and BEng. degrees in construction and civil engineering. Ultimately, students can progress to MEng. and MSc. 


Qualification objectives 

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design is for learners who work in, or want to work in the construction and built environment sector as design technicians, who may be involved in producing design solutions, surveys, drawings and preparing tenders. 

It gives learners the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate competence in built environment design 
  • Develop knowledge and skills related to the specified job roles in built environment design 
  • Have their existing skills recognised 
  • Achieve a nationally-recognised Level 3 qualification 
  • Develop their own personal growth and engagement in learning. 

The qualification structure is intended to enable the delivery of a safe, accessible, sustainable and energy efficient built environment in order to embrace and resolve the challenges of today and tomorrow, whilst respecting historic development and achievement. 

It has been developed by industry practitioners and interested professional bodies to serve a wide range of design disciplines, including civil and structural design, building surveying, architectural technology and design in specialist construction areas. The standards are relevant to those working in a technical support role. 

The qualification is appropriate for designers who work on new build, alterations, repairs, refurbishment and conservation projects. 


ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry include the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design as the competence component for the Advanced Construction Technical Apprenticeship. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment provides the related underpinning knowledge. 

Progression opportunities 

Learners who achieve the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design and who gain greater occupational and management responsibility can progress into construction management qualifications, including the Pearson Edexcel Level 7 Built Environment Design and Consultancy Practice, which meets the professional standards in the sector. 

Industry support and recognition 

This qualification is supported by ConstructionSkills. It is also recognised by Professional Bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Building and Institution of Civil Engineers as contributing towards professional standards required for Built Environment Design Technicians. 



Launch your career with an apprenticeship and discover your dream job.

An apprenticeship is your chance to apply knowledge you have gained in your school/college in a real-life situation.

To undertake apprenticeship training at LDE UTC you must first obtain a job and be employed as an apprentice. Your employer will then send you to LDE UTC for your training.

You will also need to have a level 2 in English and Maths.


Work with the LDE UTC to upskill your workforce and bring fresh, innovative and dynamic ideas to your business whilst providing opportunities for the next generation.

The LDE UTC is registered with the government to provide training for both levy and non-levy companies.



Apprenticeship Standards

Civil Engineering Technician (Level 3) Digital Engineering Technician (Level 3)
Engineering & Manufacturing
Engineering Technician (Level 3) Engineering Design and Draughtsperson (Level 3) Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician (Level 3)