Apprenticeship with a lot of depth
You're about to graduate from high school and are seeking a career prospect? Then apply to become a skilled civil engineering worker at Hagedorn.
What qualities should you bring? You should enjoy working outdoors, bring the necessary flexibility for site work and the desire to work both with and without machines, since machines break the ground, but in road and conduit construction, a lot of work is also done by hand. Are you interested and would like to learn more? Then click through the following.
I sat on an excavator when I was only 8, as my father also works in construction and gave me a taste for it. He knew Hagedorn very well and suggested I put in an application here. Since I like to work with my hands more than with machines, the choice to train as a skilled civil engineering worker was just the right thing for me. Despite the fact that I am still an apprentice, I was even allowed to go to a construction site in Hanover with the team.
Ian, first-year apprentice
What does a skilled civil engineering worker do?
Skilled civil engineering workers are called for when it comes to building or remediating work
underground. They backfill and compact soil masses, create embankments, provide surface drainage,
produce the base for road surfaces and pavements, and lay base courses. Whether it’s a matter of
asphalt, pavement or concrete surfaces, skilled civil engineering workers ensure a perfect surface is
How does the apprenticeship work and do I have a contact person?
Apprentices who start their training at Hagedorn are accompanied and supported at all times by
experienced instructors and foremen. Andy Berghaus is our civil engineering instructor. Currently, four
apprentices, who started in August 2020, are going through the still fairly new apprenticeship at
Hagedorn. The practical phases alternate with 6 weeks at the HBZ training
and 6 weeks at the vocational school. After the two-year apprenticeship, which is spent at
vocational school, in vocational training centers, with in-service training courses and with your
employer on construction sites, it is possible to specialize in the fields of conduit building, road
construction, well construction or rail construction. Hagedorn offers you the opportunity to specialize
in road construction.
What are my prospects like after the apprenticeship?
You can do further training or a degree to become, for example, a foreman, a technician or even a
graduate engineer. In fact, we would support that. Apprentices at Hagedorn learn a great deal on our
construction sites throughout Germany in addition to vocational school, the training center and
in-service training. We also have an inhouse academy that accompanies your apprenticeship.
How often will I work on a construction site?
The special thing about our apprenticeship: You can come along on the job relatively quickly in
coordination with your training and school schedule. After you have learned the necessary theory in the
vocational school and in the HBZ training center, you will find your way around the construction site
quite quickly. The longer you are on board as an apprentice, the more often you will go on construction
sites. You will be fully involved in the work, stay overnight on site and really get to know
construction site life first hand. It's like a reality check, and there's even a bit more
money, too, when you’re away on a job.
What qualifications do I need to become an apprentice?
In addition to the practical training at the HBZ training center, the apprentices naturally also attend
vocational school. To be able to keep up here, you need at least a high school leaving certificate,
reasonable mathematical basics and technical understanding. One thing is clear, as a skilled civil
engineering worker you get to know a very wide range of topics. For example, there are 30–40 DIN
standards that you get to know during your training. On the website of the HBZ Brackwede training center
in you can find more information about the apprenticeship.
What does an apprentice skilled civil engineering worker earn at Hagedorn?
Hagedorn pays according to the rates of the collective agreement for the construction industry. This
means for each apprenticeship year a salary of:
1st year of apprenticeship €890.00
2nd year of apprenticeship €1230.00
3rd year of apprenticeship €1495.00
Actually, I wanted to train to be an upholsterer, but through a friend I heard about becoming a skilled civil engineering worker. And changing my mind was a good decision, because the work is very varied. We are involved directly in the work, and I was even able to gain initial experience with construction work on the former B+R site in Gütersloh.
Semih, at Hagedorn since August 2020