Apprenticeships in Scotland
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Planners create programmes of all the work needed on large construction projects and direct activities. As a planner, you’ll oversee logistics, deploy workers, manage budgets and ensure that work is on schedule. You’ll work closely with estimators, engineers, surveyors and architects to keep projects on track and manage conflicting priorities.
There are several routes to becoming a planner. You can gain the qualifications needed by doing a university or college course, or an apprenticeship. If you already have some experience you may be able to apply directly to become a planning assistant.
You should explore the options to find out which is the right one for you.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could do an undergraduate degree in construction management or project management.
If you already have a first degree you could study for a postgraduate qualification in construction project management.
You could do a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment or a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Building Studies.
If you are already working as a site supervisor in a construction trade you could do an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision to help you become a planner.
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.
An intermediate apprenticeship takes around two years to complete. To become a construction planner you could follow a higher apprenticeship in Construction Management.
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 a planner:
As a planner you will be responsible for ensuring that projects are kept on track by producing reports and using project management tools to keep all other teams involved in the project on track.
The job role of a planner involves the following duties:
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The expected salary for a planner varies as you become more experienced.
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility, and salaries and career options can improve with chatered status.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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Most planners start out as planning assistants or trainees. They share programmes of work with colleagues and suppliers and ensure each phase is on schedule.
As a more experienced planner, you could progress to become a senior project manager or construction director.
Explore the progression opportunities below