Construction

Build your future with an apprenticeship and a career will come

Apprenticeships have long been recognised as as valued routes of entry into construction. Traditional and specialist apprenticeships cover a range of occupations. No matter where you start your career, if you have the determination and are ready to work hard, there will be plenty of scope to move up the career ladder.

There are 50 apprenticeships to choose from—more than ever before. If you enjoy physical work, you could help lay the foundations of a 20-storey building; build scaffolding around a famous landmark due for restoration; plaster the interior of an office building; or maintain a heavy plant. Those with a flair for organisation could help make sure projects run on time and within budget; liaise with suppliers; or assist a civil engineer with design plans—there are many places to put your creative skills to the test.

New for 2018 is the architect degree apprenticeship, which could see you leading on the processes of planning, designing and reviewing the construction of buildings, as well as the plasterer apprenticeship, whose apprentices will work on small-scale domestic jobs, repairs and restoration and on big commercial developments such as schools or hospitals.

With a construction apprenticeship, you could be working on various sites in your region and beyond—there are also plenty of opportunities to work abroad, as many of the largest construction companies operate around the world. Whatever profession you decide to pursue, you can count on the fact that your work will be used and admired by people for years to come. And there’s always going to be a need for people to build and develop.

Interests and skills

Consider a career in construction if you enjoy the outdoors and aren’t afraid of heights. Jobs can be highly physical and very technical, meaning that there is something for everyone.

School subjects

The school subjects that may prepare you for an apprenticeship in construction include:

  • Science
  • Business studies
  • DT
  • PE
Further reading

To find out more about apprenticeships in construction, visit: gov.uk/education/apprenticeships-traineeships-and-internships

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