With the construction industry looking healthier than ever, now is a good time to see how you can benefit from it.
Imagine joining an industry where every project is unique and you're always using the latest ways of working. Construction never stands still and neither will your career, whether you're starting out in trainee construction jobs or looking for your next challenge.
It's a rewarding place to be and offers lots of chances to build your skills while making a good living. There's no shortage of new construction jobs in the UK either, with the industry set to need more and more skilled people in future.
Construction only benefits the people who work or invest in it.
We all benefit from construction. The buildings we use each and every day would once have been part of a construction project. The infrastructure that construction provides helps to maintain clean water, effectively manage waste and prevent flooding.
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No matter what skills you have, there's a place for you in construction. If you're starting out, apprenticeships in construction give you solid training in a craft or technical role while you earn. If you're changing careers, construction is full of fresh challenges and employers will value your transferable skills.
Find out more about construction apprenticeships - and some of the misconceptions surrounding them - with our Mythbuster.
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) predicts that the construction industry will need almost a quarter of a million extra workers between now and 2019. That's around 45,000 more construction vacancies each year, across the UK. This means that construction companies will be short staffed and there will be more openings for people with all sorts of on-site and office skills.
Further detailed information can be found at Construction Skills Network Research.
Work experience is very common in construction. It can let you try out a job you're interested in for a short time. You could find yourself helping experienced tradespeople, doing jobs around a working site or learning about office work. If the company likes you, you might even land a job from it.
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Building your career
There are around three million construction workers in the UK, making it one of the country's biggest employers. Like any industry, it rewards hard work and there are always chances to move up. It's constantly changing too, and new rules on things like carbon emissions mean that you'll be improving your skills regularly.
More than any other industry, it values on-the-job training and employers put a lot of time into their staff. Construction is also home to many self-employed people and you'll have plenty of opportunities to network and start your own business if you want to. Along with chances to travel in the UK and to take up international construction jobs, the sector has something to offer everyone.
The right qualifications
You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) or SCORE card for most jobs in construction, but there are other qualifications like NVQs and SVQs which show you have the right skills. Some companies might be willing to sponsor you for these to help you develop your career.
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Your construction salary
The industry is highly competitive, with rewards to match. Salaries are rising at the moment and more apprenticeship opportunities give you the chance to earn while you learn when starting out.
The minimum pay for an apprentice changes most years - it currently works out at about £105 per week, but is usually a lot higher. Experienced tradespeople could earn around £27,000 per year, while experienced graduates can earn up to £60,000 or more.
The amount you earn will depend on many things, including your skills, how long you've been working and your place of work. You might also get bonuses for finishing projects on time or have access to company cars, vans and other equipment.
Take an in-depth look at the full range of construction salaries out there on the Careers Explorer