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Whether you are starting out in your career, changing jobs or moving from a different sector there are a wide range of roles and opportunities available in construction.

Types of roles

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.

Benefits of working in construction

There are lots of practical jobs on sites, the construction industry isn’t always about people in hard hats. Depending on your experience and qualifications there are hundreds of jobs which don’t involve you getting your hands dirty, including management and technical roles, planners and designers.

  • Most people working in construction jobs are men, but that’s changing fast. In the UK, 14% of people in the industry are female – that’s more than 320,000 women. They are doing a full range of jobs from working on site to supervisors and project managers to engineers.
  • There is currently a skills shortage in the construction industry, which presents a great opportunity for new graduates. Managing multi-million pound construction projects for a construction business is fulfilling, highly skilled and as suited to someone who’s been to university as someone who hasn’t.
  • Lots of jobs in construction are focused on sustainability and green technologies, which help ensure the environment is protected during and after construction.
  • Modern buildings can have a positive impact on the community and the people who use them. For example, a new housing estate might include a community playground or gym for all the residents to use.
  • Construction is an exciting industry at the cutting-edge of new technologies. Modern construction develops and uses latest technology, including 3D computer modelling, survey drones and nanotechnology to develop new materials.
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Desirable skills

There are many skills required for roles in construction including excellent verbal communication, problem solving, attention to detail, physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity and the ability to work well with others.

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