Apprenticeships in Scotland
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Estimators calculate how much it costs to supply products or services to a client before building works can start.
There are no set academic entry requirements to train as an estimator, but GCSEs (A*-C) in science, technology, English and maths are useful or their equivalent. An IT qualification is also good to have.
You could also study for a BTEC HNC, HND in subject areas such as structural engineering, civil engineering or construction.
An excellent way to start is by looking for construction apprenticeships with a building or construction engineering firm, then working up. Your employer might want you to take more on-the-job qualifications. These could include an NVQ in Project Control Levels 3 and 4, NVQ in Construction Contracting Operations levels 3 and 4, and Certificate and Diploma in Site Management Level 4.
With a Level 3 NVQ and several years’ experience, you can apply for membership of the Association of Cost Engineers. For further information see the website: www.acoste.org.uk
Many people also take on this role after first as a craft person, assistant technician or administrator.
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and careers options also improve with chartered status.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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