Do you like creating designs and turning them into reality?
Are you both creative and good at creating plans that you and others can follow?
If so, a career in design and planning might be just your thing.
- If you are imaginative and enjoy design and technology, the construction sector gives you lots of chances to use design skills through architecture, engineering, landscape, mechanical, interior and electrical.
- The majority of construction companies in the South are small with between 1 and 13 employees.
- An additional 179,000 jobs in construction will be created by 2021. (Source: CITB)
Routes into this sector
There are various types of qualifications available at different levels.
- GCSEs in English, maths, science, design and technology and art are all useful subject to get you into this sector.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or through a vocational qualification.
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
There are jobs in this sector which require few qualifications where you will receive training on the job through an apprenticeship or vocational course at a college, but for jobs like architect will have to do a degree.
Use the Course Search
Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.
More help finding courses and training
- To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector visit Go Construct.
- To find out what A levels could be useful for studying construction at university.
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to design that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancy available now related to design, across England (you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. There are other ways to look for an apprenticeship too.
- To find a vocational course related to design at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find an university level course related to design.
Do a free, short, online course to find out more (looks great on your CV too!)
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