Formwork Carpenter Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is for people who want to gain an academic qualification in formwork, while gaining professional experience.

Formwork carpenters shape wood, metal and other materials, which become moulds into which concrete or similar materials are poured to form a structure. This could be used to create anything from constructing foundations to a staircase or bridge. You’ll learn all the basic skills and knowledge you need to work in the construction industry and achieve a diploma in formwork carpentry.

The academic course will be over a period of 18 weeks split over a two year period in to blocks or around three weeks at a time. This course will be at the National Construction College in Bircham Newton, King’s Lynn. The company will cover all costs of accommodation, transport to and from college, and college fees.

In between this formal training you will be mentored on one of our sites by an experienced carpenter.

The course at Bircham Newton includes practical training in the following:
• Interpreting diagrams and technical drawings
• Principles of setting out
• Fabricate and repair: wooden and system formwork
• Erect and strike: wooden and system formwork
• Erect and strike: crane handled formwork
• Concrete (mixes, volumes and placing).

You’ll also learn all the basic skills and knowledge including:
• Interpreting information
• Estimating resources
• Basic building methods
• Building elements
• Building materials.

You’ll also gain competence in:
• Mathematics
• English
• Health and safety
• Drug and alcohol awareness
• Mobile towers
• Safe use of ladders
• Manual handling
• Safe use of small tools and equipment.

At the end of your apprenticeship you will have the following qualifications:
• Level 2 Construction Diploma in Formwork
• Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Formwork Operations
• Level 2 Functional Skills (Maths and English)
• Personal learning and thinking skills.

Entry requirements


No formal requirements, but it’s useful to have GCSE grades A*-C in English, Maths and Technology.


• Communication skills
• Problem solving
• Creativity
• Head for heights
• Physical fitness

Please view the videos below for two previous candidates who have successfully passed through our apprenticeship scheme. These videos save a thousand words in describing the two candidates experiences. Interested candidates should apply to James Brennan at All offers of an apprenticeship are subject to the successful completion of a three month probationary period.

The company can also offer apprenticeships in groundworks and other disciplines which again James Brennan is able to provide information on.




Apprenticeship in Plant Maintenance

The company have an opportunity for an apprenticeship in plant maintenance. This will be a three year commitment based at our Plant Yard in Woking. The duration will be three years incorporating 25 weeks training plus on-the-job experience as the assistant to our senior fitter.  Residential training will take place NCC Norfolk with 16 weeks in year one and 9 weeks in year two. This formal training will cover all the basic principles you need to learn to become a plant mechanic and work on the engineering team of a plant or plant hire company. In between, you will be developing work-based skills and knowledge whilst working at Woking. All costs of training and residential costs whilst at college will be paid for by the company.

You’ll learn how to service and repair machines and equipment, including replacing parts and checking, and calibrating instruments. You’ll study everything from basic engineering skills to the latest technological advancements in electro-hydraulics and computerised control systems.

The recommended qualifications are four GCSEs (grade D or higher).

To help us assess your suitability for the course, you’ll need to –
1. Complete a skills learning exercise and possibly attend the college for further tests.
2. Complete a questionnaire and take part in an informal discussion.
3. Complete a three month probationary period at Woking.

Key skills will be –
Attention to detail and accuracy
Good communication skills
Computer literate
Physical fitness
A head for heights
Technical competence

At the successful completion of this apprenticeship you will have attained Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plant Maintenance and Level 1 Functional Skills, hopefully leading to a long term career within J P Dunn Construction Ltd. If interested please contact David Ewerse via 01483 236493.


Project Managers and Site Managers

High calibre candidates sought with track record of successful delivery of groundworks and RC structures projects. Successful candidates will need to be able to communicate with the client and with the
J P Dunn team and take the lead in every aspect of health and safety, quality and production.


Quantity Surveyor

We are looking for a QS with a minimum of 3-4 years of experience working for Groundworks and RC Frame subcontractors. Reporting directly to the Managing QS, the successful candidate will be pro-active and capable of looking after two or more projects of varying size.

This is a great opportunity to work on a variety of projects including residential, commercial and public within a company that places training and career development at its core.

We carry out projects for Tier 1 Clients and we are actively seeking driven professionals looking for a challenging career within an ever growing company.



Candidates required at various levels from graduate entry through to project engineer. All engineers must have finesse in achieving quality and accuracy.  Each engineer will be encouraged to follow a route through to professional membership of the Institute of Civil Engineers, a SMSTS qualification and a NVQ Level 6 achievement.


For all positions there are attractive employment packages available. Emphasis is placed on commitment, team ethic and good communication skills. If you believe you possess these attributes please write to our head office or email us at