What's it really like have a construction job? Take a look at these stories from people working in construction jobs across the UK. Find out how they got into the industry, what they do, and tips on working in their fields.


Stories from people working in construction jobs

Day in the life

David Atkinson Director
A highlight of my job is when we complete a contract to the satisfaction of our customers ...
Josh Short Apprentice Civil Engineer
When Josh decided to leave college as he was a carer for his mum, he tried out a few jobs ...
Richard Smith Trainee Carpenter
I have friends and family working in the industry and seeing the work they do really inter...
Angie Kerr Safety & Training Administrator
Angie Kerr is a Safety & Training Administrator for Midas, ensuring that best health and s...
Jake Horoszczak Apprentice Bricklayer
I can point out buildings in the area I’ve worked on to friends and family and have a litt...
Ian Galbraith Head of HS&E – geographical and construction
There is nothing better that seeing a project go from being a series of lines on a drawing...
Tim Sargent Procurement manager
I am lucky enough to have worked on some of the largest rail jobs in London ...
Damian Adcock Assistant Accountant
The construction industry can be very fast paced and demanding, so as long as you’re willi...
Kelly Mellowship Learning and development officer
I followed my instincts and they led me to doing something I enjoy every day ... working f...
Callum Gemmell Assistant quantity surveyor
I am able to see the building progressing daily and gain first-hand experience of the tech...
Emma Bull Community Engagement Manager
My advice to any school leaver or someone wishing to enter a career in any industry is to ...
Christabelle Paradzai Apprentice site technician
An apprenticeship is a good route. There are so many opportunities these days. ...
Chris Lane Graduate design manager
Construction is an ever changing industry…this makes work exciting and interesting... ...
Ella Sherrington Commercial Apprentice
I assist with making sure that the site runs smoothly, from sending subcontractors site in...
Piotr Janowski Graduate Civil Engineer - Piotr Janowski
As a Graduate engineer I am currently enrolled on the Byrne Bros. Graduate Training Scheme...
Fahmeda Salik Apprentice Bid Administrator
I assist with all the administration needed for the bid team to pursue and achieve new con...
Ellie Shirley Site Engineer
I manage the workers on site, to ensure they build the job to the design. I’ll raise any t...
Kathryn-Jane Benson Framework Coordinator
In construction, no two days are ever the same, and no two projects are ever the same, so ...
Christopher Evans Architectural assistant
It gives me a great sense of achievement seeing the spaces I have designed being used. ...
Daniel Young Trainee CAD Technician
Work experience is a really valuable opportunity to see what a certain career is like. ...
Stephen Parsonage Apprentice Joiner
I work for Wynne Construction as an Apprentice Joiner, and I’m currently in the second yea...
Dave Stewart Senior Lightning Protection Supervisor
I work for Churchill Specialist Contracting Limited; we’re a multi-discipline company spec...
Ben Stansfield Commercial Graduate (Trainee Surveyor)
Every day you a reacting to something new, or are given a different challenge. ...
Darryn Skinner Construction Management Trainee
I work as a Construction Management Trainee for Willmott Dixon Ltd, who are a construction...
Darren Allsebrook Associate director
The industry is enormous, and there are a great many opportunities for both male and femal...
Amy Griffiths Assistant Site Manager
There is so much variety and so many different roles that there is something for everyone....
Paul Hutchinson Environmental Manager
An important part of my role is to engage with Business Unit directors, Operations Directo...
Liam Sargeant Trainee assistant manager
If you are willing enough to put the effort in, you will be rewarded ...
Rebecca Gill Apprentice painter & decorator
Practical skills have always come easy to me and I have always loved doing things with my ...
Christopher Lloyd-Evans Trainee build manager
It is rewarding to see progress at the end of the day, looking at how far trades have work...
Jess Rooney Assistant Site Manager
I work for Read Construction Holdings Ltd, as an Assistant Site Manager. I have been respo...
Andrew Hutton Apprentice Joiner
Since starting his apprenticeship, Andrew has been able to learn a range of skills, and ev...
James Wood Site manager (sub-agent)
I enjoy working outdoors, not being confined to an office... ...
Angharad Rosser Community Engagement Officer
In this role, I liaise with each of our sites and set up job starts and work experience op...
Brianne Asbury Trainee Designer
Every day is different because of the various work to be done. ...
Carl Bugler Senior Assistant Engineer
When you actually see something that you’ve designed being put in place – that’s a great f...
Charlotte Readman-Holland Graduate
There is no specific path required to get into the construction industry and to start to b...
Gavin Smith Infrastructure design engineer
I enjoy my job, the opportunities it brings and knowing that we are helping people, one pr...
Mirna Ayoubi Assistant design manager
It is definitely the best industry to be in! You’re on site, so you’re not cooped up in of...
Craig Miles Fletcher Highways Engineer
A career in construction can be very rewarding both personally and financially as its dive...
Neil Horner Director/ Project, Programme and Portfolio Manager
I work with clients to help them realise their projects with a focus on a sustainable lega...
Sophie Turner Trainee Site Manager
After graduating university and working in retail and hospitality, Sophie decided to try s...
Adam Landreth-Smith Section Engineer
I set out the plan of the building on site and indicate where everything is meant to go fo...
Matthew Williams Design manager
It's a great feeling to know that you 're a valued member of the team, and your input and ...
Hayden Wills Trainee build manager
I started from manual labour and now have the opportunity to progress in a managerial role...
Verity Bailey Graduate Trainee (Land and Planning)
The variation of tasks that my role offers is really exciting. ...
Jamie Stewart Supply Chain Development Manager
I am responsible for the development and management of initial assessment, on-going assess...
Dafydd Andrews Land management trainee
A career in construction can be extremely rewarding both financially and socially. ...
Cheston Stanley Trainee Quantity Surveyor
I enjoy seeing the progression of a site from start to finish, and seeing all the stages i...
Alfie Allen Commercial Trainee (Surveyor)
The best way to find out what career you are interested in is to undertake a work experien...
Emily Louden HR Undergraduate
The highlight of my day is arriving at work knowing that I won’t be doing what I did yeste...
Kim Palfrey Apprentice Carpenter
You may think that it’s tough to juggle a career and raising a family, but Kim’s story sho...
Tom Arkley Site manager - management trainee
My favourite aspect is the continued learning of different construction methods on a daily...
Dan Ellis HSEQ Advisor
Every day you learn something new and there are more careers than you would ever imagine. ...
Jack Chami Mechanical and Electrical Co-Ordinator/Building Services Engineer
The legacy of your achievements remains for most of your life, depending on the projects y...
Christopher Alves Assistant Engineer
I work for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff – which is a professional services consultancy opera...
Katie Evans Lead Digital Engineer
Construction is an exciting and rewarding career choice and needs more people like you in ...
Alex Roberts Sustainability Manager
I studied BSc in Geography at Swansea University before working in External Relations at t...
Darren Evans Graduate Quantity Surveyor
The best part of my job is seeing completed houses and knowing that I was a part of that p...
Ryan Donoghue BIM Coordinator
I plan, manage and implement the BIM process to meet the deliverables set out by the clien...