Bricklayers build and repair walls, chimney stacks, tunnel linings and decorative stonework like archways. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects. As a bricklayer the projects you might work on can range from a house extension to a large commercial development. If you enjoy doing practical things and you are interested in construction, this could be the perfect job for you.
To become a bricklayer, you will need to be able to read plans. You'll also need to be able to work in a well organised way.
You may not need formal qualifications to become a bricklayer, but employers usually want people who have some on-site experience. Some building companies may want you to have GCSEs in subjects like maths and English.
Starting Salary: £16000
Carpenter or Joiner
If you like making things and enjoy working with wood, this could be an ideal career for you. Carpenters and joiners make and install wooden fixtures and fittings as part of construction projects.
You do not need any formal qualifications to become a carpenter or joiner. However, employers usually want people with some on-site experience.
If you have not worked in construction before, you could work as a joiner's mate or labourer to get site experience. Once working, your employer may offer you training in carpentry and joinery.
You may be able to become a carpenter or joiner through an Apprenticeship scheme.
To become a carpenter or joiner you will need to have an eye for detail. You will also need good maths skills for measuring and working out angles. As a carpenter you'll need to follow technical drawings and plans.
Starting Salary: £13000
Dry liners build the internal walls in houses, offices and shops, using plasterboard panels. They might also install removable wall partitions, suspended ceilings and raised flooring. If you want a practical job in construction, and you could read technical diagrams, this job could suit you well. In this job you will also need to be physically fit. You will need number skills. You will need to work accurately.
There aren't any set entry requirements for becoming a dry liner although there are college courses you can do that could help you develop some of the skills you would need. You could start by joining a company as a dry liner's 'mate' and being trained up from there. You may also be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme.
Starting Salary: £15500
If you want a job in construction, and you can work with your hands quickly and accurately, this job could be a good choice for you.
As a plasterer, you apply different kinds of plaster to internal walls and ceilings so that they are ready for decorating. You could also cover outside walls with coatings, such as sand and cement render or pebble-dash.
In this job you will need maths skills to work out how much plaster you need for the size of job. You'll also need to be physically fit and able to work as part of a team. You may be able to start in this job by doing an Apprenticeship scheme.
Starting Salary: £13000
If you enjoy doing practical things and you want a skill that you can use in different ways, this could be perfect for you. As a plumber you would fit, service and repair water pipes and heating systems in homes and businesses.
To become a qualified plumber you will need to achieve a level 2 or 3 plumbing qualification, depending on your experience.
You will need to follow technical drawings and plans, and have a careful and well-ordered approach to work. You will also need good customer care skills.
Starting Salary: £16000
Scaffolders put up and take down scaffolding. This allows other workers to reach the higher levels of buildings during construction, cleaning and renovation projects.
If you've got a head for heights, are physically fit and would like a practical job in construction, this could be ideal for you.
In this job you would need to be able to follow instructions carefully, work well in a team and understand the importance of safe working practice.
You would usually start out as a scaffolding labourer or trainee and gain qualifications on the job. You may also be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme.
Starting Salary: £17000
If you want a varied job, working as part of a team, and one that makes good use of your practical skills, this may be the career for you.
In this job, you would follow design plans to install fixtures and fittings in everything from offices and restaurants to shops and bars.
As well as practical skills, you would need a good head for numbers for working out measurements, quantities and costs for estimates.
You will also need to be able to work to tight deadlines.
You would normally have a background in a construction trade, such as joinery or electrical work. You may be able to get into this career through an Apprenticeship scheme.
Starting Salary: £13500
As a window fitter you would install new or replacement windows, conservatories and glazed curtain walls in homes and businesses. If you would like a practical job working with buildings, this job could suit you well.
In this job you would also need to be aware of health and safety. You would need good customer service and number skills.
To get into this job previous experience in carpentry and joinery may be helpful. You may be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme.
Starting Salary: £14500