Do you enjoy problem solving and work that requires attention to detail? Don’t mind working outdoors in all weathers? Are you able to accept instructions and work under supervision? Flexible enough to work in a team yet able to work on your own? Thought about a career in construction?
Forecasts show that the South West’s construction industry will need thousands of new recruits over the next few years. This opens up exciting opportunities – there’s a place for you whether you’re male or female, a school or college leaver or a graduate.
If you join this sector, you know you’ll be part of an industry that will leave a legacy.
Routes into this sector
There are various types of qualifications available:
- At 14 GCSEs in English and maths will help get you into this sector. Also, although not compulsory, if you know you are interested in this sector you could choose to do a vocational GCSE (if offered by your school). Your school might also offer vocational qualifications such as BTECs, OCR Nationals, etc.
- At 16 you have more options, you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship, or a vocational qualification.
- At 18 or 19 your options open further - you may wish to do higher education/university, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are other routes into your chosen career through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications
When looking for a career in Construction and the built environment the type of job you are looking for can determine the qualification pathway you choose. For instance if you are looking to work as a bricklayer, electrician, plasterer or plumber, all highly skilled jobs, you will most likely look at an apprenticeship, which is a great way to learn while you earn and there are many opportunities in this industry from the apprenticeship pathway.
If you are looking more towards becoming an architect or civil engineer you would be expected to take qualifications at university level.
To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector visit Go Construct, the Sector Skills Council’s website at Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and bconstructive-CITB careers where you will find a lot of very useful information to help you with your choices.
Thinking about a degree?
Websites for vacancies in this sector
- Check out these sites for jobs in construction (New Civil Engineer, World Architecture, BD4Jobs, Just Construction, Career Engineer and Go4Construction).
- Visit RICs for information on careers in surveying.
Why not try a free, online course (MOOC) in this job area?
Future Learn have lots of free online courses that will improve your knowledge of this job sector and improve your chances of landing your dream job. e.g. The University of Bath has developed a 3 week course about Modern Building Design.
Thinking about an apprenticeship?
If you're thinking about an apprenticeship the following websites advertise the most relevant ones starting in your area: