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FOCUS :

CONSTRUCTION

specialise. You may start as a labourer,
for example, then go into carpentry or
plumbing. Not only that, but more than a
third of people working in construction
are their own boss, so you could even end
up running your own business.

On-the-job training
Vocational training has long been the most
common route into the industry. You don't
always need formal qualifications - just
start at the bottom, as a Labourer, and
work your way up. Alternatively, you can
become an Apprentice.
An apprenticeship combines off-the-job
learning with on-site experience. It allows
you to learn the skills for your role while
working towards the qualifications you
need to rise up the ranks. Apprenticeships
are highly valued by employers and are
very successful within this industry, where
practical experience matters.
You need to be in full-time employment
with a construction company to be able to
complete an apprenticeship, so you are
earning as you learn. Apprenticeships are
offered at craft, technical and higher levels
so you can continue to progress your career

Words: Jessie Bland, Images: Shutterstock

You may start
out at the bottom
as a Labourer,
but end up
running your
own business
One great reason to get into the
construction industry is the sense of
achievement it brings in helping to shape
the world around you.
You'll be part of the essential work that
helps to drive the country's economy
forward, constructing a huge range of
buildings and infrastructure including
houses, schools and hospitals; roads,
motorways and train stations; and large
investment projects, such as big-name
stadiums and skyscrapers. You could be
building the next Shard!
Your career path is likely to be varied
and may well change as you begin to

(see the feature on pg64 for more
information about apprenticeships).
You can also study for National
Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) or
the equivalent Scottish Vocational
Qualifications (SVQs). These show you
have the skills to do the job in line with
national occupational standards, and are
gained while you work. They're assessed
either via a portfolio of your work or you
may be observed by an assessor.
Within reason, NVQs do not have to be
completed in a specified amount of time.
There are no age limits, either, and no
special entry requirements, but they are

only available if you are employed. If you're
not, progression awards, certificates,
diplomas and other vocational awards can
help you learn the knowledge and skills
that you would need to impress employers
or take an NVQ.
These are assessed via assignments,
practical tests, written exams or online
multiple choice tests.

Experience counts
You will need to demonstrate to an
employer you have true passion and a
genuine interest in the industry to land
yourself a job. And this is where work
experience comes in.
It not only looks good on your CV, but
gives you invaluable real-world experience
- after all, knowing how sites and projects
are run is really important.
It is also gives the chance to see if this is
really what you want to do as a career.
Landing construction work experience
in the industry can prove tricky (especially
as many big firms have cut back on the
number of formal placements offered).
Get in touch with large companies,
consultancies, small local firms, and
everything in between. Take every
opportunity you're given, even if it's only
a few days' labouring, as it will all help.
Having some real-life experience and
examples to draw on will help you to stand
out when it comes to interviews.
Work experience is also a great way
to determine if there are any particular
specialisms you find more interesting than
others - so view the placement as a
personal vetting process, too.
And don't think that just because you're
studying, you don't need work experience.
If you're currently enrolled on a built
environment degree, then work experience
is important - but if you're studying for an
unrelated degree, it is imperative.
Remember: a stint as an intern could
end up landing you a full-time, paid job
with that company, so start researching
and applying as early as possible.
FIND OUT MORE
* cityandguilds.com/qualificationsand-apprenticeships/construction
* citb.co.uk/careers-in-construction
* nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.
uk/job-profiles/construction

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