Working in construction can be a brilliant career pathway, and there are a surprising number of routes you can follow. According to ciob.org, in 2020 the construction industry accounted for 2.3 million jobs in the UK. Gaining transferable skills is one of the key benefits of working in construction, and if you do an apprenticeship, you can get paid at the same time! Construction can also open up the door to setting up your own business and becoming self-employed.
Construction apprenticeships include...
- Construction building
- Civil construction engineering
- Construction management
- Construction technical supervision & management
- Plumbing & heating
- Electrical & electronic servicing
- Building energy management systems
The different levels of construction apprenticeships
Construction apprenticeships vary based on their level. For example, if you're completing an intermediate apprenticeship in bricklaying, you'll be learning more hands-on skills like using tools, whereas if you're studying for a higher or degree apprenticeship, you might be learning more about laws and policies.
Level 2 or intermediate apprenticeships are weighted equally to a GCSE.
Level 3 or advanced apprenticeships are the same as an A level, and are where the majority of apprenticeships are.
Levels 4-7 or higher apprenticeships are the equivalent to a foundation level degree and above, with levels 6-7 being the same as a Bachelor's or Master's degree.
Companies that offer construction apprenticeships
There are many companies that offer construction apprenticeships, but some include JLL, Amey, Mott Macdonald, Redrow, Savills, Balfour Beatty, Skanska, and Countryside Properties.
If you're unsure about all of the different routes to take in construction, City & Guilds offer the course 'Step into Construction', which is delivered on FutureLearn's site. On this course you can learn about the different jobs available in the construction sector, the merging parts of the sector, and the progression routes you can follow to build a construction career.
Diversity in construction
We're aware that the numbers for women working in construction are still painfully low. If you're looking for advice and guidance regarding identifying as female and wanting to enter the construction industry, we'd thoroughly recommend following @dami.onsite (Damilola) on Instagram. She posts all of her industry insights, her experience as being a female site manager, and captures her day-to-day life onsite.
Day in the life
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