Funded Groundworker upskilling program


This course is designed for those working on groundworks and civils projects who would like to be take on setting out tasks. It is suitable for groundworkers, groundworks supervisors, foremen, site managers, apprentice and trainee Engineers and other people with relevant construction experience. The course covers levelling including laser levels, take measure, Total station and interpreting drawings. Click here for more details.(if you can’t hyperlink in this text just leave this out, but if you can, link


The full cost of this course is £3500+VAT however DofE Skills Bootcamps funding is available. The program is fully funded for self-employed or self employed people living and working in the North East. The course is 90% funded for companies with less than 250 people and 70% funded for companies with more than 250 people.

Please book via this link to register your interest and we will be in touch with the next steps. 

The 10 day course runs Monday- Friday for two weeks starting 10th June.


Learning Objectives


By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Record work correctly and in the industry standard way* Record work correctly and in the industry standard way
  • Incorporate robust checks into all levelling
  • List the possible sources of error in levelling
  • Carry out a level survey (existing features or as-built)
  • Set elements out to a fixed level
  • Measure the reduced level of ceilings and soffits
  • Set up new control points
  • Set up profile boards for level excavation
  • Set up profile boards for drainage
  • Set up batter rails for cut and fill


By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • List the sources of error in taping
  • Incorporate checks when setting out using a tape measure
  • Set out on sloping ground
  • Set out right angles and rectangles

Total Station

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Set up the total station over a point
  • Carry out the relevant calibration checks (horizontal and vertical collimation error, trunnion axis, prism constant, optical/ laser plummet, diaphragm orientation)
  • List the possible sources of error when using a total station
  • Use techniques for improving and checking your accuracy and precision
  • View, edit, add and delete data
  • Install accurate control points using the correct procedure
  • Use the correct procedures for measuring and setting out reduced levels with the total station
  • Use a range of methods for plumbing columns and walls
  • Set-up the position and orientation of the total station
  • Take a topographical survey and record the results systematically
  • Measure the horizontal distance and level differences between points
  • Set out points of known co-ordinates
  • Set out points in relation to a baseline
  • Set out points at given chainages and offsets along a radius e.g. road centrelines using the reference arc function
  • Measure irregular areas and volumes
  • Transfer data from the total station to the computer and vice versa
  • Describe the capabilities of robotic total stations


Interpreting drawings

Delegates will be able to extract informations from drawings for:

  • Roads and drainage
  • Drainage and pop-ups
  • Foundations
  • Reinforcedconcrete
  • Structural steel


Other knowledge

The course also provides an introduction to:

  • Drones
  • AutoCAD
  • GNSS
  • Machine Control
  • Excel