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Kick-starting Your Career In Construction

Nikki Santiago, an apprentice carpenter with Wildish Standard Paving Co. and a member of Carpenters Local 156, cuts pieces for concrete slab formwork at the site of the Southwest Iowa Street Viaduct Replacement project in Portland on Tuesday.

Construction is one of the booming industries in the UK. Reports from CITB predict that over 230,000 jobs will be created in the construction industry over the course of five years.

Apprentices in the construction industry earn and learn, while in full time employment. With average wage of £170 per week and are able to gain nationally recognized qualification as well.

Our infographic “Kick-starting your career in construction” takes a dive into the construction industry to show the benefits of opting a career in construction. We answer the Why, what and where.

Let’s talk about the benefits of being an apprentice.

A minimum wage of £95 per week-(the average is £170)

Invaluable hands on experience in the construction industry.

You get trained in the skills relevant to your workplace.

Future employers can see what you have achieved, not just what you have learnt.

You gain qualifications as well as skills. You learn skills that are relevant to your employer’s needs.

The infographic also covers, the steps to become an apprentice.

There are huge and wide variety of careers within construction industry, like Civil engineering, formwork, steel fixing, general construction, etc.

We hope you like infographic, and it helps you cement your career path in construction.

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Kick-starting Your Career In Construction

Why choose a career in construction?

What will you get from being an apprentice?

Full-time employment
A minimum wage of £95 per week–(the average is £170)
A nationally recognised qualification
Invaluable hands on experience

Why are apprenticeships so sought after?

Employers value them because...

They are great for your career because...

It's great for your bank balance because...

Key facts about Apprenticeships

How long does it take to do an Apprenticeship?
Normally takes between 2-4 years depending on the level of the qualification

What types of apprenticeship are there?
Traditional Apprenticeships
Combines studying with on-site experience
Can achieve an NVQ or SVQ qualification

Higher Apprenticeships
Offer training and a career path into technical, supervisory, and management roles

Specialist Apprenticeships
Training in specialist skills that require structured learning, often involving learning predominantly while at work

Shared Apprenticeship Scheme (England and Wales only)
Apprentices receive on-site learning from a number of employers

What will I be doing as an apprentice?

You'll be working for a company operating in the construction industry. These days are often long and it can be hard work, but rewards are excellent if you stick with it.

What companies offer apprenticeships?

Both small firms and massive construction companies offer apprenticeships. FACT: 92% of the industry is made up of small firms, many of which employ apprenticeships.

What job roles are available to you through an apprenticeship?

There are a huge number, and wide variety, of careers within construction. These are some of the more popular. Entrance requirements vary, although the majority require only the passing of a skills learning test.

Construction Apprenticeship

Duration of apprenticeship, Salary of qualifying workers, Personal Skills Needed

Civil Engineer Technician 3 years, £15k - £37k

Formwork 2 years, £16k - £24k

Steel Fixing 2 years, £14k - £24k

General Construction 2 years, £15k - £24k

Highway Maintenance 2 years £15k - £24k

Plant Apprenticeships

Duration of apprenticeship, Salary of qualifying workers, Personal Skills Needed

Plant Maintenance 3 years, £15k - £25k

Crane Operation 2 years, £18k - £38k

Demolition Plant Operation 2 years, £17k - £25k

Roofing Apprenticeships

Duration of apprenticeship, Salary of qualifying workers, Personal Skills Needed

Built-up Felt Roofing 2 years, £16k - £31k

Roof Sheeting and Cladding 2 years, £16k - £31k

Roof Slating and Tiling 2 years, £16k - £31k

Access Apprenticeships

Duration of apprenticeship, Salary of qualifying workers, Personal Skills Needed

Lighting Conductor Engineer 2 years, £17k - £35k

Scaffolding 2 years, £17k - £26k

Steeplejacking 2 years, £17k - £35k

Tunneling Apprenticeship

Duration of apprenticeship, Salary of qualifying workers, Personal Skills Needed

Tunnel Operative 18 months, £14k - £24k

Construction Operative 18 months, £15k - £24k

Pre-cast Operative 1 years £14k - £24k

Specialist Apprenticeships

Duration of apprenticeship, Salary of qualifying workers, Personal Skills Needed

Interior Systems: Suspending Ceiling Fixing and Partition Fixing 2 years, £16k - £36k

Drylining 2 years, £15k - £30k

How do I become an apprentice?

Who can apply to become an apprentice?

To begin an apprenticeship you need to be:
-16 years-old+
-Not in full-time education

Find an apprenticeship provider

Best places to start are the CITB website, National Apprenticeship Service website, and websites of large construction groups.

Decide on what apprenticeship appeals most to you

If you need more information, why not try and get work experience and/or attend a trade fair first?

Complete the Application form

You will need:
-Your email address
-Your National Insurance Number
-Your preferred career

Prepare your CV

CV Tips
-No more than two sides of A4
-Proof-read it
-Get someone else to too
-Include contact details
-Split it up into sections

Pass the interview

Interview Tips
-Look smart
-Learn about the role, the company, and make sure you know your CV backwards

Then just work hard, earn, and learn!

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