Getting Into
Construction

The construction industry can offer people of all different ages and backgrounds exciting careers.

There is so much more to the industry than just building – from design and engineering through to project planning and the archaeological digs that take place – and you can visit the careers website Go Construct to find out more about the wide variety of roles, the qualifications you need, and case studies on what it’s really like.

This video tells you all about the 180+ different construction roles available, and this video breaks down how construction workers have the second highest average earnings of any sector. We have also produced a short video showcasing the opportunities available within the industry.

You can use Go Construct’s Career Explorer to find construction careers that may suit you based on your interests, preferences and education level.

Build UK has also published a guide setting out the most common Routes of Entry into Construction for young people in England leaving school, including apprenticeships, T Levels and degrees. For those in Scotland, please use the Scottish Routes of Entry into Construction guidance.

When you are ready to get started in the sector, you can have a look for your first roles including work experience and tasters, on Talentview Construction. And don’t forget that many Open Doors site hosts have their own careers pages which can be viewed through their contractor profiles.

If you were handed a card at a site visit, that card was kindly supplied by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). CSCS is the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry, and CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job they do on site. By ensuring the workforce are appropriately qualified the card plays its part in improving standards and safety on UK construction sites. CSCS looks forward to issuing you with your first CSCS card in due course.