Overview of the role

Preparing, installing and managing all stages of the formwork and falsework processes.


Reference Number: ST0461

Details of standard

Occupational profile

Formwork is internationally recognised as an innovative technique that is used to form concrete structures across the entire infrastructure, from constructing roads, rail, bridges, underground structures to high-rise concrete buildings.

Concrete technology has developed significantly over the past 50 years and continues to do so, with structures being formed stronger, vaster and spanning wider. This has only been achieved by the continued application of new formwork techniques.

Formworkers contribute to the construction of projects through the preparation, installation and quality management of all stages of the formwork and falsework process. Preparing falsework that provides temporary support structures for forms and undertake formwork. This includes producing panels and fittings that mould to form a desired shape with concrete, such as slabs, support beams, columns and walls. They are involved in the entire envelope of the construction industry: including all the major over ground and underground projects across the UK such as Thameslink, Tideway, HS2, Battersea Power Station, Manchester Tram System, A14, Glasgow School of Art and Hinkley Point. The skills gained can be used world-wide and can also be a stepping stone to for your career i.e. supervisory and management roles.

Requirements: Knowledge, skills and behaviour (KSBs)

A competent Formworker, on completion of the Apprenticeship Standard, will meet the following requirements, some of which are transferable across Construction Sector:


Understanding of

Health, Safety and Environment

The principles of health, safety and welfare and how it must be applied in relation to work and others and their responsibilities under current legislation, (including the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974; Provision and Use of Workplace Equipment 1998; Manual Handling Operation Regulations 1992) and official guidance to when carrying out formwork activities, including safe erection, use and dismantling of falsework

The different and safe techniques required to move, handle and store resources and how risk assessments, methods statements and manufacturers’ guidance relate to their activities


How to communicate with others and follow organisational procedures to conform to productive work practices

Affects that poor communication could have on the overall process and how the use of communication correctly would improve teamwork.

Planning, preparing and organising work

The material application relevant in accordance with the contract specification and planning the sequence of works involved with other construction trades. How to interpret and produce building information and use of relevant equipment to produce drawings correctly.


How to form, assemble repair, erect and strike formwork and is aware of the different formwork systems including traditional and proprietary and their applications.

The principles of building methods and construction technology, different types of building structures and their impact on their energy efficiency levels.

Comprehends how to use and maintain hand tools, power tools and ancillary equipment and is able to interpret/ apply information from drawings and specifications


The ability to


Communicate in a clear and appropriate manner (verbal, written, body language). Adjusts communication to suit different situations, individuals or teams.

Health, Safety and Environment

Apply general workplace health, safety and welfare requirements when undertaking construction formworking/falseworking activities.

Practice safe working techniques for moving, lifting and handling traditional and proprietary formwork system; which will include working at heights and using access equipment.

Planning, preparing and organising works

Demonstrate knowledge of planning and able to undertake different methods of construction used to build structures productively. Competent to read, interpret and apply information from drawings, specifications and construction information.

Takes ownership of allocated projects and effectively manages own time.

Building Relationship

Use a range of methods used to communicate workplace requirements effectively and demonstrate how key personnel should communicate effectively within a team.


Form and assemble horizontal and vertical formwork as per design drawings and repair, erect and strike formworking.

Erect, Strike formwork/ falsework and its components for a range of applications including wall, slabs/bases, columns, beams and precast units to support concrete.

Competent to safely use, store and maintain hand tools, power tools and ancillary equipment.


What is required


Shows willingness to adjust their approach to help organisation and individuals to manage their different priorities as situations change.

Self- management

Is proactive and takes ownership of assigned tasks and effectively manages own time.

Logically thinks using clear and valid reasoning when making decision to undertake the work instruction

Works effectively with others and completes work in a reliable and productive manner.

Health, Safety and Environment

Promotes and applies safe, healthy and environmental working methods      and standards

Ensures personal wellbeing and others safety, be able to resist pressures to work following unsafe practices when striking / erecting formwork / falsework and taking clear responsibility for completion of their own work.

Building Relationship

Actively seeks to build good and sustainable relationships with work colleagues.

Consistently aims to support individuals and co-operate to achieve results as part of a team.


Applies equality, diversity and inclusion when working/communicating respectfully in team and with other trades.

Personal development

Takes ownership of their own development by assessing their own skills, qualities and set goals to maximise their potential.


It is anticipated that candidates will typically complete the Apprenticeship within 18 to 24 months, depending on prior qualifications and relevant work experience.


Apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this level during the apprenticeship and take the test for Level 2 English and Maths prior to taking end point assessment. Individuals undertaking this standard will achieve the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Formworking.

Review date

The standard will be reviewed after a maximum of three years.

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Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 2
Reference: ST0461
Version: 1.0
Date updated: 03/01/2023
Approved for delivery: 8 August 2018
Route: Construction and the built environment
Typical duration to gateway : 18 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £8000
LARS Code: 329
EQA Provider: Ofqual

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Employers involved in creating the standard: Byrne Bros (Formwork), AJ Morrisroe, BAM Nuttall, Carillion, Cidon Construction, Dacy Building Services Ltd, Ground Construction, H&H Joiners and Builders Ltd., Laing O’Rourke, MJ Gallagher Contractors Ltd

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