Building your construction career foundation
So, you’ve decided that you want to build a career in the construction industry but are unsure where to start.
The following road-map is designed for those who have little or no construction experience and who would like to know how best to apply for an apprenticeship or work-experience to increase their industry knowledge.
The construction sector accounts for approximately 3 million jobs, which is made up of hundreds of different roles, however, to simplify things we’ll split the industry into two groups.
Tradesperson / Construction Operative.
Carpenter, Plumber, Electrician, Bricklayer, digger driver etc. Typically this type of work is very much hands-on, requires attention to detail and the ability to work as apart of a team.
The most common starting point for this type of career is a college-based qualification, an apprenticeship or by starting out as a general labourer.
Professional / Academic
Site manager, Surveyor, Architect etc. Typically this work is most suited to those who wish to continue their education and attend University. That said, having the benefit of many year’s site experience, a large majority of construction operatives naturally progress into professional roles later in their career.
The following course has been designed as a road map to support aspiring tradespeople and professionals on their journey into the construction industry by seeking an apprenticeship combined with a college course or for those who wish to attend university while carving out a future in their chosen career and building a solid foundation for that career with work-experience placements.
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In the following steps, we will show you how to gain valuable on-site experience to expand your industry knowledge while also building an enhanced C.V.
Not all of the steps are essential, however, they are designed to give you the best chance of being selected for an interview if competing against multiple applicants.
And finally, there’s no need to rush, these steps could be taken over a number of weeks or months – just keep your focus and know that you are moving towards your construction career dream!