If you are looking for a career in construction, you might be wondering how best to get started. A lot will depend on your level of experience, qualifications, and career, so we have outlined the main differences between two common routes.
Apprenticeships and traineeships are both great ways to start working in the construction industry, but they are different, and one may be more suitable for you than the other. Read on to learn more.
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It’s best to think of a traineeship as preparation for the working world. They are usually shorter courses that help you build vital skills which you can use towards getting a job or apprenticeship afterwards. You will spend time learning on the job and some additional time studying.
If you have little or no experience of the construction industry, a traineeship will help improve your CV with relevant skills. If you have never had a job before, a traineeship will give you some work experience, which is also a great way to see if a role is right for you before the full commitment of employment.
Wondering if you are eligible for a traineeship? Read our full guide to traineeships for everything you need to know.
An apprenticeship is an extensive combination of on-the-job learning with study for an academic qualification. You are employed full-time while you study, helping avoid student debt and getting you the exact qualifications you need for a job in construction.
Apprenticeships are incredibly diverse, which means you’re likely to find something that suits the role, or type of construction company you are interested in. Learn more about apprenticeships, including real-life stories from people who have taken them by reading our guide.
The biggest differences between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is the pay and the length of time they take to complete.
You can get advice on apprenticeships, plus details of legislation on pay and working hours from the Government. To start searching for an apprenticeship, try indeed.co.uk or use our list of current vacancies.
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There’s more than traineeships and apprenticeships available to you to get into the construction industry, such as university courses and T levels. We have a full list of your options for getting into construction, so you can choose the right path for you.