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 (external website) or visit the National Careers Service (external website).
Trades such as bricklaying, tiling and plumbing are still vital and will always be needed. However, there are many more roles to choose from on the Go Construct (external website). Take a look at the National Careers Service (external website) for more information on the different roles available.
As well as house building, there’s commercial building – which covers everything from offices to football stadiums – and infrastructure like 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.
To find out what it is really like from people working in the sector, read some case studies on Go Construct’s website.