Lay a solid foundation for your future

Apprenticeships have long been recognised as valued routes of entry into construction.

Traditional and specialist apprenticeships cover a range of occupations and trades, which can earn you great money in the UK. Construction is a multi-billion pound industry that deals with developing the underlying structure of anything from a new build to the HS2 crossrail project.

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 floorlayers could learn how to lay carpets, vinyl, linoleum and rubber, or laminate and wood flooring.

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.

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The Apprenticeship Guide sector head

Acoustics technician

Carry out noise and vibration surveying and testing Acoustics deals with all types of sound waves in a variety of different situations. A knowledge of how these waves behave in

Architect

Work on the design of new buildings and the redesign of existing buildings An architect leads on the processes of planning, designing and reviewing the construction of buildings, and are

Architectural assistant

Work with architects to design buildings and deliver architectural projects An architectural assistant helps to design buildings and deliver architectural projects across scheme phases, from the initial client briefing process

Asbestos analyst/surveyor

Identify, analyse and monitor asbestos materials Asbestos is a hazardous material that is present within many buildings and past exposure currently results in thousands of deaths every year. Analysts and

Associate project manager

Manage project work and teams for businesses and other organisations Every project, large or small, needs to be managed to ensure its success. As an apprentice, you’ll develop into a

Bricklayer

Lay bricks, blocks and other types of building components in mortar Bricklaying is a core function within construction, particularly the house building sector. As an apprentice bricklayer, you’ll train to

Building control surveyor

Certificate that building work achieves compliance with minimum standards A building control surveyor provides an impartial service certificating that building work achieves compliance with minimum standards set out in the

Building energy management systems controls engineer

Designing the systems that control heating, air conditioning and renewables Building energy management systems are implemented in buildings with mechanical, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and electrical systems to

Building services design engineer

Maintain and enhance the quality of the environment and community A building services design engineer will manage a team of engineers and technicians and, while collaborating with other construction professionals,

Building services design technician

Support engineers, surveyors and architects on construction projects A building services design technician provides assistance to engineers and other construction professionals in the development of cost-effective technical and sustainable design