You can start in construction any time from school leaver to later in your career. There are many entry points available including apprenticeships, higher apprenticeships (the equivalent of a first year of a degree) or entry level opportunities where you can learn on the job.
Many big construction companies and consultancies have graduate programmes with set intakes each year. For more information on the different routes into a career in construction, take a look at the ‘What are my options’ section on Go Construct’s website (opens in a new tab) or visit the National Careers Service website.
Working in the modern-day construction industry offers opportunities to be creative, collaborative and to enjoy huge potential to diversify and grow.
Trades such as bricklaying and tiling are still vital. However, there’s a huge range of other exciting and varied roles to choose from on the Go Construct website. Take a look at the National Careers Service website for more information on the different roles available.
Whether you prefer an active job where you’re out and about, an office based role that relies more on planning and organisation, or something that combines the two, there’s something to suit your skills and preferences.
As well as house building, there’s commercial building – which covers everything from offices to football stadiums – and infrastructure, which includes roads, bridges, water supply and drainage, electricity supply and more. Then there’s the logistics of providing these services, as well as opportunities in research and development, human resources and future planning.