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Are you looking to enter the construction industry? The workforce demand in the growing industry is forecasted to increase by 75% by the year 2025. A career in construction can be both rewarding and lucrative for experienced, skilled workers. Therefore, workers who upskill with relevant job training and on-site work experience can take many different high-salary career paths. 

How to start a career in Construction 

There are 3 ways you can start your career in the construction industry: 

  • Register as an apprentice. Construction apprenticeships mix classroom learning and on-the-job experience 
  • Take a Level 1 Construction Course and gain your CSCS card 
  • Apply directly to an entry-level job and get mentored by an experienced worker

Career paths in the construction industry

There are a huge number of construction jobs available annually in the UK, here are some examples:  

  • Labourer 
  • Brick Layer 
  • Arbitrator 
  • Civil Engineer 
  • Site Manager 
  • Quantity Surveyor 
  • Building Control Surveyor 
  • Building Services Engineer 
  • Building Surveyor 
  • Construction Manager 
  • Estate’s Manager  
  • Estimator 

Working Hours

Working hours being between 38-41 hours per week, depending on the job and the demand. 

What are the construction job salaries? 

A construction job salary can vary depending on the site and job you have been assigned to. In addition, experience and qualifications are also taken into consideration.

Entry Level

The average starting salary is £10.30 an hour for entry-level positions. Like any job, with development and work experience comes an increase in wage.

Average Salary

The average salary for someone experience in the construction industry, such as builders, supervisors, and bricklayers, is £25,000 to £28,000.  On the other hand, people who are Project Managers and Construction Managers can earn from £45,000 per year.

What skills and knowledge do construction workers need?  

It is possible you have a lot of the transferable skills and knowledge needed to start a construction career. Below we’ve listed the transferable skills and knowledge needed.

Personal Skills 

To work in the construction industry, you will need personal skills such as good communication, problem-solving, self-management, teamwork, and self-belief. Personal skills help you build, maintain and grow relationships within your company with colleagues, clients, and new contractors. These skills are important to maintain and improve no matter your position, industry, or experience level. 

To take a Level 1 Personal and Social Skills course with Innovative Alliance. 

Physical Skills 

There are many physical attributes you will need in the industry such as strength and endurance, as will be asked to carry or move heavy objects. You might also be asked to use heavy mechanical machinery and tools. Consequently, almost 50% of construction jobs will require heavy lifting work. A lot of construction jobs require a lot of sitting in uncomfortable positions, lying, and standing for long hours. Hand-eye coordination is important to make sure the job is being done as efficiently and safely as possible.  

Construction Skills 

Along with personal and physical skills, you will need some construction skills to be successful in the Construction Industry These skills include Building and Engineering knowledge some of these include Masonry, Surveying, Ironwork, Plumbing, HVAC, Demolition, and Building and repair of structures. Most of these come with experience, our Level 1 Introduction Construction course can help you build this knowledge and the job skills you need to start your career in Construction.   

CSCS Card 

Every construction industry worker needs a CSCS card. The Construction Skills Certification Scheme proves workers can work on construction sites safely. 

Gain yours today with our Level 1 Introduction to Construction course

Adult Education and Training provider Innovative Alliance is on a mission to help those seeking employment get in to the industry. Our course will equip learners with the specific skills and knowledge to take the next steps into employment. The learners will receive their CSCS card free of charge on completion of the course, which will enable them to work on any site in the future.  

Innovative Alliance can help you access the industry using their specific guidance and training courses which will supply you with the skills and knowledge to become more employable. Enroll today and kickstart your career.  

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