Apprenticeships in Scotland
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Construction directors are responsible for monitoring work on building projects. They ensure jobs are completed on time and within budget, to the standard expected of your company. Construction directors manage schedules of work and delegate tasks to senior colleagues and their teams, to ensure that each phase of the build is completed as planned.
There are several routes to becoming a construction director. You can gain the qualifications you need to start you on your career path by doing a university course or an apprenticeship.
You should explore these options to find out which is the right one for you. Most construction directors will have many years’ experience within the construction industry.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma (HND) or undergraduate degree accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Relevant subjects include building studies, surveying, estimating, construction or civil engineering, or construction site management.
You’ll generally need:
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
You could do a higher or degree apprenticeship in construction management, or design and construction management. For this, you’ll usually need 4 - 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels (or equivalent).
If you’ve already worked as an estimator, building technician, surveyor or site supervisor for several years and have proven management experience or qualifications, you may be able to apply directly for a role as a construction manager or director.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works in construction. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as construction director include:
As a construction director you will be responsible for oversseing the whole constructioon site - including logistics, loooking after the senior manager team, and liasing with client.
The job role of a construction director includes the following duties:
The expected salary for a construction director varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
Check out the latest construction director vacancies:
As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.
You could specialise and oversee a particular area of construction, such as contracts or planning. Alternatively, you might set up as a self-employed consultant.
As an experienced director, you could progress to become a company’s executive director or CEO, or set up your own business.
Explore the progression opportunities below