It's important to keep your skills up-to-date in any job. Things are always changing in construction and if you're not learning new skills it can be harder to build your career or move into a new job.
Cross-skilling and upskilling
Cross-skilling is when you get your skills ready, or learn some new ones, for a different type of job. You start to think about how your training can help you in another type of role and how you can build on it to make you a better choice for employers.
How to improve your skills
There are lots of ways to build new skills and the ones you choose will depend on your goals. If you work in a trade or want to start, apprenticeships can be a good choice. Or you might decide to get chartered to boost your earnings in a profession like quantity surveying.
Some types of training might not be a good fit for an apprenticeship. You might want to improve your communication skills, need training with certain machinery, learn about site safety or get some management skills. This is where accredited training comes in.
Accredited training will be recognised by the whole construction industry. Groups like the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) can help you with this. You may also be able to have 'unaccredited training' which is still useful but might not be recognised by everyone.
Did you know...
The world's first iron bridge was built in Shropshire, England in 1779 and is still in use today.
You don't have to go outside of your work to up-skill. It's worth checking what type of training your employer offers. Try asking your supervisor or HR department for more information.
The industry uses vocational qualifications (NVQs in England and Wales, SVQs in Scotland) as the benchmark standard for people to show their competence in an occupation. These qualifications ensure individuals have reached the standard needed to apply for their Industry Competency Card.
Industry Skill Certification Card Schemes
If you want to demonstrate you are skilled in a certain occupation in construction, then these card schemes prove that you have the right skills and training for construction jobs. Earning one of these shows that you are able to competently perform the role or task identified on the card and will open doors for you across the sector. The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is the most well-known of these, but others are available.