If you're not currently working or training, and trying to figure out what you should do, construction could be the answer you're looking for. 

What are my options?

There are plenty of training and work opportunities out there available for you, in many different industries, including the construction sector.

Finding out what you should do next shouldn't be scary or panic-inducing, but exciting!

And Go Construct has all the tools and resources you need to help you get started. 

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Where do I start?

Choosing the right training or work opportunity for you

There are lots of different routes to get into construction, that take into account all levels of skills and qualifications, and provide training opportunities. Construction is a great career, and you'll be encouraged to develop and broaden your knowledge and experience. 

Here are some useful tools to help you start:

Matching Service

Our Matching Service means that you can find work experience opportunities in your local area, and apply for them directly to the employer. And with new opportunities being added on a regular basis, there's always plenty for you to choose from.

Career Explorer

With our Career Explorer, all you need to do is tick which options apply to you. This includes any qualifications you have, your interests and skills, and will give you different career options. If you're not sure what qualifications you need for your chosen career in construction, check out our guide on how to choose academic subjects.

If you’re interested in a traineeship or getting an apprenticeship, we also have guide to help with applying. Once you've done that, see our employability skills guide to learn what you can do to impress employers and course tutors.

How do I get started with applications?

Applying for jobs, training courses or work opportunities can seem like hard work, but there is help available to help get you through the process.

Getting started

On Go Construct, we have information to help you with applying, career profiles and training opportunities. We've also got helpful advice about how to write a professional looking CV and covering letter, how to complete an application form, and how to prepare for an interview and get feedback. 

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"Many people think that working in a construction means that they will be at a building site all day long; but there is so much more to it"
Fahmeda Salik Apprentice Bid Administrator

But what is it really like working in construction?

There are many benefits to working in construction, such as flexibility in career options, job satisfaction, excellent support packages and great career progression opportunities. 

Our 'Day in the life' section has lots of real-life stories from those already working in construction in a variety of roles. From apprentices to directors, there's a story for everyone, so it's worth checking out to find out what it's really like to work in construction.

If you want to find out what working in construction is really like first-hand, our Matching Service offers plenty of work experience opportunities local to you, with new opportunities being added on a regular basis. They're all free, and you can directly talk with the employer to answer any questions you might have. 

See what roles are available

With over 150 different types of roles available within the construction industry, there's something for everyone. Check out our Career A-Z to find out the wide variety of roles available, and what training and qualifications each requires. 

You can also check out our 'Roles in Construction' animations, which take you on an interactive tour of different types of construction projects, and the number of different roles that it takes to complete them. 

What funding is available?

Funding could help pay towards course fees, travel costs, college equipment, tools, licenses and wages.

As well as CITB, who offer apprenticeship opportunities and funding for training, there are many other websites that can offer training and funding information and guidance: 

Prince's Trust

Access to work (Gov.uk)

Jobseekers allowance (Gov.uk)

Helping young people into work (Gov.uk)

Moving from benefits into work (Gov.uk)