The first step on the ladder

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.

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.

Apprenticeships come in big and small sizes. Budding architects could lead on the construction of buildings, while trainee plasterers could work on small-scale domestic jobs, repairs and restoration.

With an 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 a whole host of structures and properties.

The Apprenticeship Guide sector head