How to build a career in the construction industry

There is a vast range of job roles to choose from when building a successful career in the construction industry.

With plenty of options available, construction is an ideal employment route as it has a wide variety of sectors to work in – such as house building, engineering, architecture and energy.

There is also a long list of job roles to suit – from labouring, bricklaying, joinery to building surveying and site management to name just a few.

For those starting out in the building trade there are a number of ways you can enter the industry, depending on what position you want to work in.

Apprenticeships are a good starting point to get hands-on experience, learn about the trade and gain qualifications at the end of it.

There are lots of college courses to study and different qualification levels to progress in – from Level One diplomas, NVQs to BTEC National, HND and degree level.

An endless list of university courses range from construction engineering, building surveying, quantity surveying, architecture, construction management and lots more – giving you the foundations to make the right career choice.

To operate plant machinery such as dumper trucks, you will need to be aged 18 plus and hold a valid driving licence.

Most building firms require you to have either a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, SKILLcard or SCOREcard to work on a building site. This is proof that you have the required skills and qualifications to carry out the work.

Working in the construction industry also gives people the option to do contracting work and work in different locations around the country.

Posted on Friday, December 11, 2015

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