Degree Apprenticeship

Degree Apprenticeship roles

Information for learners

Learn more about the types of roles available

We’ve provided an overview on the types of roles available via the LJMU Degree Apprenticeship route so you can get an idea of the career prospects, types of employers, what’s involved in your future role and typical salaries.

Building services engineer

What’s involved in the role?

A building services engineer will design, install and maintain the elements of a building which keeps it running smoothly and safely such as heating, lighting, power and security systems.

Responsibilities (some of which may include):

  • Designing systems using CAD software
  • Understanding diagrams, plans and drawings
  • Supervising the installation of systems
  • Ensuring design and maintenance of systems meets health and safety and legal requirements
  • Organising the work of contractors

Typical salaries for qualified individuals:

Starting: £26,000 - £28,000
Experienced: £40,000
Senior: £55,000+. Highly experienced engineers with chartered status may earn over £80,000

Skills required:

  • Ability to solve problems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Work well in a team
  • Analytical and numerical skills
  • Computer modelling and IT skills

Types of employers:

  • Building services design consultancies
  • Construction companies
  • Housing developers
  • Local authorities, hospitals, care homes, educational institutions requiring ongoing building services support

Take a look at the Building Services Engineering factfile to find out about the LJMU course.

Building surveyor

What’s involved in the role?

As a building surveyor it will be your responsibility to survey properties and advise clients about the design, construction, maintenance and repair of buildings.

Responsibilities (some of which may include):

  • Surveying properties to identify any faults and making recommendations to remedy issues
  • Advising clients on property issues
  • Assessing damage to properties for insurance
  • Dealing with planning applications

Typical salaries for qualified individuals:

Starting: £22,000 - £26,000
Experienced: £28,000 - £40,000
Senior: up to £70,000

Skills required:

  • Ability to solve problems
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to prioritise and plan
  • Negotiation and presentation skills

Take a look at the Building Surveying factfile to find out about the LJMU course.

Civil engineer

What’s involved in the role?

A civil engineer is involved in the design and management of construction projects.

Responsibilities (some of which may include):

  • Working alongside clients to plan projects
  • Creating blueprints
  • Evaluating sites for risks to the environment
  • Analysing surveys
  • Writing reports and preparing bids
  • Testing and mapping data using software

Typical salaries for qualified individuals:

Starting: £24,000
Experienced: £25,000 - £45,000
Senior: £50,000 - £80,000

Skills required:

  • Project management skills
  • Numerical and IT skills
  • Ability to explain designs to a range of people
  • Ability to analyse data

Types of employers:

  • Contractors and consultancies within the construction industry
  • Engineering companies
  • Local authorities, government and environmental organisations

Take a look at the Civil Engineering factfile to find out about the LJMU course.

Construction manager

What’s involved in the role?

Working within a building company or specialist subcontractor, you’ll be involved in managing the construction process.

Responsibilities (some of which may include):

  • Reviewing construction plans with surveyors, architects and engineers
  • Managing and monitoring of costs, staff, progress and materials

Typical salaries for qualified individuals:

Starting: £27,000 - £33,000
Experienced: £35,000 - £50,000
Senior: £60,000+

Skills required:

  • Ability to lead a team
  • Project management skills
  • Numeracy and IT skills

Take a look at the Construction Management factfile to find out about the LJMU course.

Control and automation engineer

What’s involved in the role?

Control and Automation Engineers are responsible for the design, development, installation and management of control engineering systems, machinery and processes.

Responsibilities (some of which may include):

  • Developing control systems
  • Managing operations
  • Maintaining existing systems
  • Writing reports and analysing data

Typical salaries for qualified individuals:

Starting: £20,000 - £25,000
Experienced: £22,000 - £35,000
Senior: £40,000 - £65,000

Skills required:

  • Ability to solve problems
  • Numeracy and IT skills
  • Teamwork and leadership abilities
  • Attention to detail
  • Troubleshooting abilities

Types of employers:

  • Utilities providers such as water, energy, telecommunications
  • All areas of manufacturing, including aerospace, petrochemical, automotive
  • Research and development
  • Technical services and sales
  • Consultancies and government agencies

Take a look at the Control and Automation Engineering factfile to find out about the LJMU course.

Facilities manager

What’s involved in the role?

Facilities managers are responsible for managing the services and processes that support an organisation.

Responsibilities (some of which may include):

  • Project management
  • Planning developments in line with company objectives
  • Managing costs
  • Managing contractor’s work
  • Ensuring health and safety of service users
  • Coordinating essential services to the business

Typical salaries for qualified individuals:

Starting: £20,000 - £27,000
Experienced: £26,000 - £45,000
Senior: £60,000+

Skills required:

  • Ability to build good working relationships
  • Time management and the ability to prioritise
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to negotiate
  • Ability to work as both part of a team and individually

Types of employers:

  • Local councils
  • Retail and business parks
  • Educational institutions
  • Hospitals and public buildings
  • Offices and other places of work
  • Prisons

Take a look at the Facilities Management factfile to find out about the LJMU course.

Manufacturing systems engineer

What’s involved in the role?

A manufacturing systems engineer will design, install and develop manufacturing equipment and assembly lines in factories. One of the main purposes of their role is to ensure the highest quality product is produced at the lowest cost and in the shortest amount of time in order to maximise profit.

Responsibilities (some of which may include):

  • Using software to design the layout of factories
  • Testing and repairing system faults
  • Developing and installing plant control systems
  • Managing costs for equipment, time and labour
  • Supervising the work manufacturing engineers

Typical salaries for qualified individuals:

Starting: £24,000 - £27,500
Experienced: £25,000 - £40,000
Senior/chartered engineers: £40,000 - £50,000+

Skills required:

  • Competence in science, maths and IT
  • Work well in a team
  • Problem solving skills
  • Project management skills
  • Work well under pressure
  • Enjoy taking on challenges

Types of employers:

Medium and large manufacturing companies in a range of industries.

Take a look at the Manufacturing Systems Engineering factfile to find out about the LJMU course.

Policing

What’s involved in the role:
Roles in the police, security, risk management or criminal justice are concerned with protecting the public.

Responsibilities (as a police officer, some of which may include):

  • Patrolling the community, keeping peace and enforcing legislation
  • Responding to calls and requests from the public to provide assistance at incidents
  • Carrying out interviews and taking statements from those involved in a crime
  • Conducting arrests
  • Gathering evidence and intelligence, submitting crime reports, testifying in court

Typical salaries for qualified individuals:

Police constables starting: £19,383 - £22,962
Experienced (at the top of the scale): £37,254
Sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors: £36,885 - £55,005

Skills required:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Confident and calm manner
  • Problem solving abilities
  • Honesty, integrity and resilience
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Types of employers:

Police forces, transport police, Ministry of Defence Police.

Quantity surveyor

What’s involved in the role?

A quantity surveyor manages the costs relating to building and civil engineering projects. One of the main purposes of the role is to minimise the costs of a project while maintaining the standards and quality required for the build.

Responsibilities (some of which may include):

  • Helping to establish a client’s requirements
  • Preparing contracts and tenders
  • Writing progress reports
  • Analysing costs for repair and maintenance work
  • Managing the workload of subcontractors
  • Performing risk management and cost control
  • Valuing work and arranging payment

Typical salaries for qualified individuals:

Starting: £20,000 - £30,000
Senior: £45,000 - £65,000

Skills required:

  • Problem solving skills
  • Good numeracy and financial management skills
  • Ability to negotiate
  • Understanding of building and construction technology and processes as well as legal and business matters
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Methodical
  • Excellent written and oral communication to write reports and relay complex information

Types of employers:

  • Architects
  • Housing associations and property developers
  • Local authorities
  • Commercial businesses
  • Engineering companies

Take a look at the Quantity Surveying factfile to find out about the LJMU course.

Real estate

What’s involved in the role:
Pursuing a career in property management can open doors to being employed as a building surveyor, planning and development surveyor, land surveyor, and residential surveyor, among others.

Responsibilities (vary depending on role but may include):

  • Valuing properties
  • Managing property for clients
  • Understanding and interpreting maps and plans
  • Accurately measuring sites and premises
  • Preparing applications for planning permission
  • Writing detailed property reports
  • Assessing developments for environmental and social impacts

Typical salaries for qualified individuals:

Depending on the role you chose you could earn the following:

  • Building surveyor
    Starting: £22,000 - £26,000
    Experienced: £28,000 - £50,000
    Chartered building surveyors can earn up to 15% more than non-chartered surveyors

  • Commercial/residential surveyor
    Starting: £23,000 - £30,000
    Experienced: £46,000

  • Land surveyor
    Starting: £20,000 - £25,000
    Experienced: £25,000 - £45,000
    Senior: up to £70,000

  • Planning and development surveyor
    Starting: £20,000 - £24,000
    Experienced: £30,000 - £42,000

Senior: £50,000+

Skills required:

  • Manage and interpret complex data
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Logical, analytical and numerical
  • Technical competence
  • Good IT skills

Types of employers:

  • Construction companies
  • Housebuilders and housing associations
  • Property firms involved in investment, surveying, development and planning
  • Engineering contractors and consultancies
  • Local authorities
Take a look at the Real Estate factfile to find out about the LJMU course.