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Want to Work in Construction?

Facts and Figures About the Construction Industry

  • Over 2 million people are employed in construction in the UK. The industry is growing. 8% of the UK workforce work in construction.
  • 37% of construction workers are self-employed. 63% work for somebody else
  • There has been a decline in the number of young people entering the construction industry in recent times.

How do I get into the construction industry?

There are many ways into construction industry. Many people start by working as unskilled labourers and are trained on the job. To this this, it is usually necessary to have at least a CSCS Card.

It is easier to find work in construction if you already have qualifications. NVQs and City and Guild qualifications can provide a good first step towards working in construction. Employers will want to see references for your work so taking a course seriously and working hard would be an ideal way to get a respected reference.
If you are interested in getting started in construction, why not try LifeSkills .

Apprenticeships are a popular way of getting into construction, as you get paid while you learn. It is very difficult to get an apprenticeship because there are so few. When applying for apprenticeships, it is important to have a good C.V. Having GCSEs is an advantage and being able to provide a reference from a school teacher or somebody who works in construction is very important.

What do I need for each job?

Level Qualifications Examples Jobs Pay
  • GCSEs grade D-G
  • NVQ Level 1
  • BTEC Introductory Foundation Construction Award
NVQ Level 1 in Construction plus CSCS Card (green)
  • Ground worker
  • Labourer
  • Construction operative
£12,000- £20,000 per year
  • GCSEs grade A-C
  • BTEC First
  • City & Guilds Level 2
  • NVQ Level 2
  • Apprenticeship
Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment.
NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery. Plus CSCS Card
  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter
  • Plumber
  • Joiner
  • Plasterer
  • Painter & Decorator
£12,000-£30,000 per year
  • A-Levels
  • BTEC NAtional Technical Certificates
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Advanced Construction Awards
  • NVQ Level 3
  • Advanced Apprenticeship
A levels in Maths, Physics and D & T.
NVQ Level 3 in General Construction
Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing
Supervisor £16,000-£40,000
4 & 5
  • NVQ Level 4 or 5
  • Higher Apprenticeship
  • Foundation Degree
  • Higher National Diploma HND
  • Management diplomas or certificates
HND in Building Services
NVQ Level 4 in Construction Site Managements
  • Site Manager
  • Housing officer
6,7 & 8
  • University undergraduate degrees
  • Masters degrees
  • Graduate apprenticeships
BEng in Civil Engineering
BA Sustainable Built Environment
Post Graduate Diploma in International Construction Management
  • Architect
  • Structural engineer
  • Building manager
  • Town Planner
  • Civil Engineer
£50,000 +

Want to get into Construction?

Are you aged 16-24 and interested in doing some training in construction?

You can get a level 1 City & Guilds Certificate in Basic Construction Skills at LifeSkills training centre in Peckham. You will be trained in bricklaying, plastering, carpentry, plumbing and painting & decorating. There is also the chance to get a CSCS card , improve ICT, Maths and English skills.

The best thing about LifeSkills is that over 75% of people who complete a LifeSkills go on to getting an apprenticeship. These apprenticeships are not advertised on websites such as , they are only offered to LifeSkills participants. If you work hard and impress the trainers at LifeSkills, you could be on the fast-track to a career in construction.

Courses are free, travel expenses are paid and if you are 16-18 you can earn up to £350 pounds in bonuses.

If you are interested call us on 02076391823 or email.

CSCS Cards

What is a CSCS Card?

The CSCS Card is used by the construction industry to make sure that all workers have enough Health and Safety knowledge to work on a construction site.

There are many different types of card with different colours so that you can tell instantly how qualified everybody is on a construction site. (e.g. Black card is for managers, red card is for trainees, green card is for operatives [workers]).

Why is important to have a CSCS Card?

It is important to get a CSCS card if you want to work in the construction industry. Many companies only employ workers who have a CSCS card. It is very difficult to find work without one. All workers (plumbers, bricklayers, decorators, laboureres, plasterers, scaffolders etc.) need CSCS cards to work on well managed construction sites.

If you want to do an apprenticeship, it is a big advantage to already have a CSCS card.

How do I get a CSCS Card?

You get a CSCS card by taking a Health and Safety test. The cost of the test is £17.50. If you pass the test, you can send off for an operatives CSCS card for another £30.

Call 020 7635 5529 for more information.