Start a career in construction
What’s it like?
Working in the Construction Industry is exciting – there is never a dull moment! The Industry is very rewarding with workers at all levels involved in constructing and repairing/maintaining hotels, offices, airports, arenas/stadiums, new homes, roads, bridges and railways – to shape towns, cities and peoples’ lives.
There are many jobs in Construction ranging from designing, planning and costing projects to jobs with skills to carry out building work such as ground workers, plant operators, bricklayers, joiners, plasterers, etc.
Whatever job you choose in the Construction Industry takes hard work and commitment. Working hours are around 45 hours per week. Some sites work evenings and weekends and workers are required to travel to sites based all around the UK. Workers sometimes work away from home. Wages in Construction varies depending on your job.
There are a few ways to get in to Construction. For people who have little or no previous experience of Construction or want a career change such as school leavers or ex-services, there are various training programmes to gain skills and qualifications to get in to work.
Programmes such as Apprenticeships, Traineeships, ELCAS offer funding and training to help start your career in Construction. Some people choose to study academic qualifications to learn about jobs and develop skills before entering the Industry.
Many qualifications contribute to developing a career in Construction such as GCSEs, A-levels, National Certificates, Higher National Certificates and Degrees. Other people find it more suitable to enter Industry with basic skills and develop experience, skills and obtain qualifications in Construction as they work.
Whatever job you choose, there are cards in the Industry which Contractors say you must hold to prove your level of skills and work on their sites. Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Cards provide proof that Construction workers have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out.
Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Cards provide identification for plant operators and those involved with plant operations by recognising skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications. The National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) is a similar scheme. Street Works Cards verify that workers are qualified and listed on the Street Works Qualifications Register (SWQR).
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