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With so many ways to enter a career in construction, it can be difficult to know where to start! We’ve put together some information on the main routes into the industry, to help you figure out which is right for you.


Earn a wage whilst learning a specific job

  • Takes 1 - 5 years to complete
  • Start your career straight out of school
  • Time split between your employer and a training provider
  • Focus is on learning hands-on skills relating to a specific job role
  • Over 100 roles can be entered through apprenticeships, with more being added
  • Earn as you learn, with no tuition fees

T Levels

Blend classroom learning with a work-based placement

  • Courses last two years
  • You’ll gain a technical qualification
  • A minimum of 45 hours is spent in industry placements
  • Develop your skills in a college setting
  • Choose from around 25 varied courses
  • No tuition fees


Study for an academic or vocational degree

  • Full-time degrees take 3 - 4 years to complete
  • You can apply for higher-level jobs after graduation
  • Time spent in lectures and seminars or on individual study - or can be via distance-learning
  • Focus is on academic study, although many construction-related degrees offer a year in industry
  • 1000’s of courses to choose from, which could lead to careers in construction
  • You’ll pay tuition fees of up to £9,520 per year in the UK (correct as of 2020).

College/training provider

Develop skills to prepare you for the future

  • Course lengths vary - from weeks to years!
  • Gain further education and build technical, vocational or academic skills
  • Study for NVQs, City and Guilds, Higher National Diplomas, BTECs, A-Levels or GCSEs
  • Prepare for a specific career path or higher level qualifications
  • Study in person or online
  • Most courses are free


Get ready for the world of work

  • Can last anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months
  • Prepare 16-24 year olds for work or an apprenticeship
  • Provide hands-on work experience and support with preparing CVs and applying for jobs
  • Boost literacy and numeracy skills
  • Hundreds of opportunities available
  • Costs are covered by the government

Work experience

Gain industry insight and skills for your CV

  • No limit to how long or short it can be
  • Offers insights into the construction industry, so you can see if a job is for you
  • Opportunity to pick up skills for your CV
  • Chance to gain industry connections
  • May be advertised by an employer, or you can arrange a placement yourself
  • No costs involved
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