Construction Ground Work Skills

This 16 week full-time course is designed to provide the construction industry with personnel who have the knowledge, skills and competencies to undertake a range of construction ground work tasks.  It’s a good starting point if you are thinking of pursuing a career as a skilled construction operative or if you are contemplating an apprenticeship in one of the construction trades.

You will gain the knowledge, skills and competence to construct concrete slabs and paths and to lay kerbs, flags and paviors under various conditions.

On successful completion of the course you will achieve a QQI Level 4 Special Purpose Award in Construction Ground Work Skills and will be eligible to seek employment as a construction operative.

The course modules are:

  • Induction.
  • Safety and Manual Handling.
  • Safepass.
  • Kerb, Flag and Paviour Laying.
  • Concreting.
  • Career Planning.
  • Work Practice.

Participans will get the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to work safely on construction sites without posing a risk to themselves or others.  They will practice safe manual handling techniques and use the correct operating procedures for small plant and machinery.
They will learn how to:

  • Lay, fix and join a range of kerbs, flags and paviors.
  • Mix concrete using a diesel concrete mixer.
  • Transport, place, compact and finish concrete using hand and power floats and trowels.
  • Plan and achieve realistic work goals.
  • Demonstrate a broad range of occupational competencies in a real work environment.

This is a practice based course. It offers a rich learning experience by combining periods of instructor led tuition with periods of supervised work practice that gives participants the time to acquire and perfect the variety and standard of skills required by industry.  The training methods include instructions, presentations, demonstrations, supervised practice, simulated work environment, and giving and receiving feedback.  Participants are required to actively participate in the learning process.  They must complete a number of practical tasks and assignments throughout the course.  A number of methods are used to assess the participants’ progress and for certification purposes. These include project work and theory exams.


  • Applicants must have reached the current statutory school leaving age.
  • Junior Certificate or equivalent standard of education.
  • Good hand/arm co-ordination.
  • Ability to measure and quantify the materials required for a job.

The demand for skilled construction operatives, apprentices and craftspersons is increasing with the continued growth in the construction sector.  The Construction Industry Federation estimates the sector has the potential to generate an additional 112,000 jobs in the 3 years leading up 2020.  Graduates from this course will seek entry level positons with construction companies where they will receive further on-the-job training and gain experience to become highly skilled construction operatives.  Many companies also offer apprenticeships in trades of Carpentry & Joinery, Brick & Stone Laying, and Plastering.