30 November 2017
Construction industry apprenticeships have been talked about more and more over the past few years as government budget shifts focus towards this form of work-education. Construction is a multi-billion pound industry that deals with developing the underlying structure of anything from a housing estate to the monumental Crossrail project. Over 8 percent of the UK’s workforce is employed in construction (that’s nearly two million people).
Apprenticeships are a recognised and valued route of entry into construction. Traditional and specialist apprenticeships cover a range of occupations, from groundwork and plant maintenance to civil engineering and joinery. No matter where you start your career, if you have the determination and are ready to work hard, there will be plenty of scope to move up the career ladder. It’s also worth noting that in the construction industry, more than 35 percent of people are their own boss and run their own company.
There are lots to choose from: if you’re the sort who enjoys physical work, you could help lay the foundations of a 20-storey building; build scaffolding around a famous landmark due for restoration; plaster the interior of an office building; or maintain a heavy plant. Those with a flair for an organisation could help make sure projects run on time and within budget; liaise with suppliers, or assist a civil engineer with design plans – there are many places to put your creative skills to the test.
With a construction apprenticeship, you could be working on various sites in your region and beyond – there are also plenty of opportunities to work abroad, as many of the largest construction companies operate around the world. Whatever profession you decide to pursue, you can count on the fact that your work will be used and admired by people for years to come. And there’s always going to be a need for people to build and develop.
Surveying is a diverse profession that covers a wide range of disciplines related to assessing the condition of a property and managing the development of land. Two new surveying apprenticeships have been launched this year, giving opportunities to train right up to Level 6 and qualify as a Chartered Surveyor.
Construction industry apprenticeships aren’t just for the boys – almost 200,000 women work in the construction industry, accounting for 11.6 per cent of those working in design and management roles. In fact, women have been working in construction since the Middle Ages.
CITB – Industry Training Board for the construction industry
The Building Futures Group – Representing the property, housing, cleaning, facilities management and parking sectors in the UK
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
For careers in construction visit www.citb.co.uk/bconstructive
Source credit: The Apprenticeship Guide
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