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    Sector Overview


    • In 2012, the construction industry contributed £83 billion to the national economy

    • Only 30% of the construction workforce is involved with the creation of buildings!

    • 36% of the construction sector is self-employed, meaning it’s a great sector if you want to be your own boss

    • It is common to work varying hours in this sector, lots of public-sector construction goes on at night (e.g roadworks)

    • You can expect to be outside a lot! Even managers and architects have to spend a lot of time on-site

    This is a field about working as part of a team to make something great. Construction is the process of building or assembling structures for housing, business, industry, transport or beautification. Within the field of construction, there is a call for architects, civil engineers, construction managers, site workers and many more. It is one of the biggest industries in the UK and turns over billions of pounds a year.

    There are a lot of roles to consider within the field of construction, as the impact of each structure has to be considered in terms of the affect it will have on the environment and local area, whether it will actually look alright, and whether it is to the client’s specifications.



    Painting & Decorating

    It’s not as difficult as your parents make it look! Painters and decorators can work in a variety of places on a wide range of projects, from wallpapering a bedroom to painting a hospital exterior. Salaries vary depending on experience, but senior supervisors can well over £30,000.


    A popular choice for people who like to work with their hands, Bricklaying involves building, repairing and demolishing walls using a variety of techniques, it isn’t just staring at a brick wall. Salaries usually start at around £17,000, but rise with experience.

    Civil Engineering

    Civil Engineers design a whole range of structures, such as bridges, pipelines and railways as well as drawing up plans for new buildings. You will work both in an office and on site so be prepared for a varied day! Salaries can be upwards of £36,000 with progression.


    Remember Super Mario? This is how he got started. You might not end up having a day like him, but your work will be just as varied; you could be repairing a broken pipeline, or installing a completely new system to your own design. Don’t be afraid to get a little wet in this line of work! Salaries usually range from £17,000 for newly qualified plumbers to £35,000 with progression.


    Creating a safe working environment is a priority in any career and scaffolders provide this on a range of projects, from simple building sites to towering office blocks. You will be building platforms for the construction crew to work on and can expect to earn between £17,000 and £26,000.

    Carpentry & Joinery

    Wood. It’s all over the place. It’s the job of Carpenters and Joiners to take it and turn it into a useful product for widespread use. You could be carving an ornate staircase in a hotel, or building a roof support for a mansion. With experience you can expect to earn more than £30,000.


    Plastering is now considered a specialist skill within this trade; from simple walls to extravagant statues, you will be creating something important wherever you work. You can expect to earn between £17,000 and £28,000 in this line of work.


    Surveyors are like teachers; they point out flaws in work and then tell you how to improve it. Or, they tell you to destroy it completely. There are so many roles in the field of Surveying, such as Cartography (that’s map making to you and me), improving run down areas of cities, developing land for future building work and so much more. Like the roles, the salary varies depending on what you specialise in, but a trainee surveyor can expect to start on £15,000 and earn up to £60,000+ in some fields.




    This where most people in the industry start out. An apprenticeship allows you to learn you trade while also being paid a salary. There are many employers out there who provide apprenticeship schemes; to get an idea of who’s out there, head to websites on our ‘Useful Links’ page. Below you will find the Apprenticeships frameworks relevant to this industry, which will give you an idea of what you’ll be able to choose from. All these frameworks result in a Level 2 qualification, such as NVQ’s BTEC’s or Diplomas, are the equivalent of 5 GCSE passes and takes two years to complete.
    Construction Building • Construction Technical, Supervision and Management • Construction Civil Engineering • Construction Specialist

    Advanced Apprenticeships

    This is the equivalent of two A levels, but without sitting in a classroom studying. Like a regular Apprenticeship, it’s suited to more practical fields of work. Advanced Apprenticeships in construction only take a year and on completion you will receive a Level 3 Qualification, again either a BTEC, an NVQ or a Diploma.
    Construction Building • Construction Technical, Supervision and Management • Construction Civil Engineering • Construction Specialist


    A-Levels might not sound relevant to this field of work, but employers and universities both like candidates with scientific and practical subjects. Examples of A-Levels you can study are listed below:
    Physics • Chemistry • Graphic Design • Technology • Electronics • Maths • Geography

    Foundation Degrees

    If you feel like you want to experience the university lifestyle and perhaps break away from those troublesome parents, then a Foundation Degree is a way of getting there. They usually last two years (this does tend to vary depending on your choice of course) and mix study with practical learning. These courses are available across the country and might give you the opportunity to live away from home and give you more independence – you’ll get to choose your own bed time and everything.

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    Construction Apprenticeships with Train4All

    Train4All Construction Academy offer full Apprenticeship programmes within the fields of Bricklaying, Carpentry, Wall & Floor Tiling, Plastering, Plumbing & Maintenance for 16 – 19 year olds and 19+ learners.

    Working in partnership with local colleges and training providers, we are able to provide funded training and will fully support apprentices or employees throughout their journey with us. A £1500 employer incentive may also available for employers willing to take on an apprentice.

    In light of the current economic climate, never has there been a better time to reduce costs and grow your workforce. With the training provided at the Train4All centre, and the valuable work experience provided, your apprentice and team will be well placed to tackle the growth that is imminent within the building industry. As well as Apprenticeships, we offer on-site NVQ’s in order to help your employees to gain their full CSCS card, and also bespoke short course training in topics such as Abrasive Wheels and Circular Saws.