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Construction roles were some of the first to be offered as apprenticeships and the roles available have grown and developed in the construction industry as there has become more of a need for skilled labourers. Working within this industry can open the door to work in new trades and continuously develop your skill-set, grow in your role from bricklayer to site manager or even open your own firm. With tradespeople being needed more and more, there will be lots of work available to you.

This industry is one of the original birthplaces of apprenticeships! Traditionally, apprenticeships were mainly offered within Engineering & Manufacturing roles, due to the high level of practical and technical skills required. Working within this sector can place you at the cutting edge of technology, and includes fields such as space, nuclear, automation, and robotics. Additionally, its estimated that there are around 22,000 less filled entry level roles than necessary, so you won’t struggle to find a role! If you’re highly curious, interested in science and want a role that will make a real impact, then read on....

If you’ve found the ideal Construction job for you there’s just a few things you may want to know about how the application process for these roles usually work...

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Required Skills & Qualifications

Entry criteria varies, dependent on the role you are applying for, the employer and the level of apprenticeship. Always check the entry requirements before applying to ensure you have the necessary qualifications an employer is looking for. These roles are are highly physical, often over the course of long hours and some require a high level of skill, so you must have a real passion and interest for your industry of choice!

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Architect

Myth busting

Architects spend a long time doing their training before they are able to start their career. They need to have a 3 or 4 year undergraduate degree, which has to be approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB), then go on to do supervised work experience for 12 months, usually at a private practice (although it is possible to undertake this placement in any sector. After this they will be expected to do a further 2 years of study, leading to a diploma or Master’s degree in architecture, then supervised work experience for another 12 months, taking the total to 24 months. Finally you will complete a written and oral examination on professional practice and management, as well as assessment of the previous 24 months work experience. Upon completion of this stage, students can register with the ARB to use the protected term ‘architect’, as well as apply for chartered status with RIBA. You are also able to train to be an architect through some companies as an apprentice.

Architects create designs for new construction projects, alterations and redevelopments. They must have specialist construction knowledge and high-level drawing skills to design buildings that are functional, safe, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing.

Architects at the top of their game can earn as much as £120k p/a
Job Role Progression for an Architect • Junior Architect/ Architectural Assistant/ Part II Architect
• Architect
• Senior/Chartered Architect

Finer Details

Architects tend to be contracted to work standard office hours but many tend to find themselves working late, or even on weekends, particularly when under the time-constraints of a large project.

Your Responsibilities may include:
• Creating building designs by hand and using CAD Software.
• Working around constraining factors - i.e. planning legislation, environmental impact and budget
• Working closely with other professionals in industry.
• Writing and presenting reports, proposals, applications and contracts and adapting plans
• Going to building sites, proposed locations and client meetings.

The good points...

Because it is such a skilled job there are often lots of opportunities to work on various projects as an architect and even become specialised in one particular area of architecture. You may also have the opportunity to design something that makes an architectural mark in history, such as Renzo Piano’s Shard, or the Burj Khalifa which was designed by a group of four architects.

... and the bad

Because the pathway into Architecture is very technical and time-consuming you must be very passionate about the role and be willing to work and study long hours while you progress in your career to a fully qualified architect. Additionally, you will need to be organised, and detail-oriented with great technical skill and interpersonal qualities to make it as an architect - this job isn't for everyone!

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Construction Manager

Myth busting

Unlike Lord Sugars ‘The Apprentice’, being a project manager is actually a lot more difficult than it may look. You will need excellent interpersonal skills, to be superbly organised and have a lot of patience to pull off a project, particularly within the construction industry as there are so many elements involved. To become a construction manager, HNC/HND, a foundation degree, or degree in a related area is usually required, but you are able to take your HNC/HND in a vocational setting having completed a relevant Level 3 apprenticeship, or similar training programme that some construction companies offer.

Established Construction Project Managers at the top of their game can earn as much as £100k p/a
Job Role Progression for a Project Manager • Construction Manager in Training
• Construction Manager
• Senior Construction Manager
• Senior Commercial Construction Manager

Finer Details

Construction Managers tend to be employed by building companies and are responsible to either running some, or all of a construction site. They are the primary point of contact for the general public, subcontractors and often the client as well.

Your Responsibilities may include:
• Planning the entire project, listing all the jobs that need to happen and budget planning of materials.
• Cost Management.
• Quality Management: i.e. ensuring contractors employed for the project are completing it to a high-quality standard.
• Ensuring contracts with the client are met to ensure that all parties involved are satisfied.
• Ensuring the correct processes are in place to make sure there are no accidents and that all work meets legal requirements.

The good points...

There is great opportunity to progress and expand in your career as a Construction Manager into different industries, or even more specialised roles. From Agriculture to heavy civil projects Construction Managers are in high demand. When you reach a senior level you may oversee multiple projects at once and you will be in charge of holding project meetings to discuss project progress, and resolve any issues and concerns so this is a great job for someone with great interpersonal and organisational skills.

... and the bad

Because of the nature of the role you will be expected to work on sites in all weather conditions. Aside from having to brave cold winters and hot summers, sites can also be made more dangerous by certain weather conditions, and the safety of people on site will be your responsibility - that’s a big responsibility to bear.

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Quantity Surveyor

Myth busting

With money being pumped into new infrastructure by towns and cities to grow their local economy and enhance city centres or build new housing developments there are ample opportunities for quantity surveyors available. Quantity surveyors are involved right from the start to the very end of a project - from working alongside architects to identify resources and materials, right through to allocating work out to contractors, partners and suppliers and finally seeing a project come into fruition you will need to have great communication and organisation skills to go far in this field.

Your Responsibilities may include:
1st Stage | Design Period of the Project:
- Establishing a client’s requirements do feasibility studies.
- Run cost analyses of the various types of work.
- Select, price and source construction materials.
- Advise clients on procurement strategies whilst considering health and safety regulations.
- Identify commercial risks.

2nd Stage | Building Period of the Project:
- Prepare the tender and contract documents with the architect and the client.
- Select subcontractors, agree the scope of services and allocate work.
- Monitor and control costs, identify risks and the likelihood of staying on budget, analyse progress and write detailed reports
- Track any changes to the design or actual work and adjust budgets accordingly.
- Arrange payments to subcontractors and liaise between site managers, project managers, site engineers and the client.

3rd Stage | End Period of the Project:
- Prepare summary reports for the client and other relevant stakeholders.
- Run cost analyses for ongoing repair and maintenance work.
- Advise on any outstanding contractual claims.

Quantity Surveyors at the top of their game can earn as much as £100k p/a
Job Role Progression for a Quantity Surveyor • Graduate/Junior Quantity Surveyor
• Quantity Surveyor
• Senior Quantity Surveyor
• Managing Quantity Surveyor/Commercial Manager

Finer Details

It really depends who you are hired by as to the hours you will work. Some companies will offer you a standard 9 - 5 role with extra hours expected during larger projects, while other companies may expect you to be more flexible with your hours, working anywhere from 7.30am - 7.00pm. Additionally, you may not be based in an office all the time - for some projects you may be asked to work on-site.

The good points...

There are so many opportunities to develop your role as a Quantity Surveyor, so you can be assured you won’t get bored quickly and will have the chance to grow in your career! You will also get more responsibility as you progress so will become responsible for the supervision of others, client management activities and leadership of the quantity surveying function within your organisation.

... and the bad

You will have to work extra hours, especially to get projects over the line and manage multiple groups of people as well which isn’t always the easiest task in the world!

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Plumber

Myth busting

According to totaljobs.com there are over 30,000 plumbing roles available to fill due to a skill shortage sweeping across the UK at the moment. Additionally, plumbing is one of the few jobs that is constantly in demand and completely recession proof, so if you’re a practical person looking for a stable, hands-on role, plumbing may be perfect for you.

According to the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering it can take years of training to become a qualified plumber / heating engineer. You will have to want to constantly up-skill yourself and be willing to want to learn throughout your career as the rate of technological advancement is rapid.

Established Plumbers at the top of their game can earn as much as £60k p/a
Job Role Progression for a Plumber • Junior Plumber/Plumber in Training
• Plumber/Heating Engineer
• Senior Plumber/Heating Engineer
• Self-Employed Plumber/Heating Engineer

Finer Details

Your Responsibilities may include:
- Interpreting blueprints and building specifications to map layout for pipes, drainage systems, etc.
- Installing pipes and fixtures, such as sinks and toilets, for water, gas or other liquids as well as supports for pipes, equipment, and fixtures prior to installation.
- Assembling fittings and valves for installation.
- Modifying length of pipes, fixtures, and other plumbing materials.
- Installing heating and air-conditioning systems.
- Collaborating with other site professionals.
- Testing plumbing systems for leaks and other problems, then analysing the problem.
- Fixing any issues using appropriate material and equipment based on budget, location, and intended uses of the building.
- Following health and safety standards.

The good points...

Many plumbers progress to design, consultancy, teaching and management, making the plumbing and heating industry a career with a future with opportunities for males and females.

... and the bad

An understanding of maths and science is vital, and you will need a head for heights, the ability to work in cramped conditions and the stamina to complete physically hard work day after day.