Common Questions

  • How do you get into construction?

    There are many different routes into the construction sector, which are accessible regardless of whether you have prior experience in the industry or not.

    The wide variety of skills required by the construction industry means there is an interesting range of career opportunities available.

    There are many ways to get into construction, including: Apprenticeships, Vocational Qualifications, Construction Diplomas, Degree, Technical Careers, and Professional Careers.

  • Does working in construction provide the opportunity to travel?

    Yes, depending on the company you work for there may be opportunities to travel

  • What Jobs are there in construction?

    Construction offers a wide range of career opportunities across hundreds of different trades.

    From civil engineering to scaffolding, there are career opportunities for everyone within the construction industry.

    For a comprehensive list of the variety of careers available, visit the careers progression tool on the CITB website: http://www.citb.co.uk/

  • What qualifications do I need?

    It depends on your career choice and entry level into construction.

    For details of the various qualifications available please visit CE: BE student page or alternatively visit the CITB website.

  • It is difficult for a woman to be successful in construction?

    No there are lots of positions for women in construction please take a look at our case studies page to see what you can do.

  • What qualifications do I need for an apprenticeship?

    If you are considering an apprenticeship, it would be helpful to have achieved good grades in Maths and English, technical skills or a Construction qualification so that you can do the necessary calculations, measurements and theory and drawing.

    You'll also need to have a suitable level of physical fitness to do some jobs as they involve moving and handling resources, placing and fixing materials.

    Don't worry if you have a disability though as there are apprenticeships that may still suit you? But what you will need is qualifications as well as skills.

    Most apprentices follow a Traditional Apprenticeship route, which combines college (or training provider) attendance with learning on site. Orate manufacturer or trade association instead of college.

    As part of your apprenticeship, you will achieve an NVQ or SVQ which is the main qualification to show you can do your job. You can also use this to qualify for one of the industry card schemes, which are essential for getting on site.

    The following qualifications will also be part of your apprenticeship:

    - NVQ Diploma, Functional Skills in Maths and English and Employment Rights and Responsibilities Higher Apprenticeships

    - A new Higher Apprenticeship (Level 5) framework has been developed for England. The Higher Apprenticeship provides broad-based training and a structured career path for a range of technical, supervision and management roles. This will enable them to progress to higher level jobs using Further and Higher Education. A Higher Apprenticeship can also develop the skills and knowledge required by construction managers at senior levels to be of a nationally consistent specification and standard.

  • Is there the opportunity for career advancement?

    Again this depends on your choice of career and entry level into construction.

    There are a number of construction related qualifications that you can apply to do, more information can be found on the Students page or alternatively visit the CITB website.

    As long as you are determined and work hard, there is plenty of opportunity to move up the career ladder in the construction sector and develop your skills and knowledge. You will also have the opportunity to learn on the job, with a massive range of training available at all levels. Your career path is likely to be varied and may well change as you begin to specialise.

    More than a third of people working in the construction industry are their own boss, so you could even end up running your own business

  • What are the benefits of working in construction?

    New and innovative designs for buildings and modern day equipment and techniques make it an exciting career choice. When you work within construction industry you will be a member of a very important team and you will be making a difference to your community.

    The job satisfaction is outstanding as you will know that you have assisted in building something that will last for many years. A career in construction means joining a team of specialist people who are working together to build a strong long-lasting future.

    The wide variety of skills required by the industry means there is an interesting range of career opportunities available Work experience is a great opportunity for potential construction workers to get a taste of the industry.

    It can also be a simple and cost effective way for you to find and recruit the best young candidates.

  • What do Employers look for?

    Most employers will look for someone who can show that they are excited about working in construction. They will also need to show determination and be hard working and enthusiastic about working in such a diverse industry.

  • How much can I earn?

    The minimum for an apprentice is currently £105 per week but the average is much higher, dependent on location and trades what kinds of apprenticeships are available?

  • How many hours will I work?

    A typical working week in construction is 38-42 hours

  • What does a future in construction hold for me?

    The construction industry is growing once again following the recession and 182,000 construction jobs will be created throughout the UK within the next 5 years. For more information on the construction industry and how it will change by 2018, download the Construction Skills Network (CSN) reports: www.citb.co.uk/csn



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