Careers in construction

Construction isn't just for labourers and isn't just building - IT, Engineering, Site Management and Administration all play their part, and there are good opportunities for everyone. Young man working on a building site Apprenticeships Job seeking Learning choices Work experience

Considering a career in construction? There are many different opportunities that a career in construction has to offer you! The construction industry is rapidly growing which means that it is in demand now more than ever!

What’s it like working in Construction?

There are many different job roles for everyone to choose from within the construction industry which also pay well!

  • CAD Technician – Uses computer software to create plans for buildings and machinery.

Average salaries £14,000 to £40,000

  • Joiner – Works with wood to install wooden fixtures and fittings.

Average salaries: £14,000 to £30,000

  • Planner – Plans and coordinates construction activities, helping to shape the way towns and cities develop.

Average salaries: £19,000 to £45,000

  • Site Manager – Overseas the construction process and manages other workers on site.

Average salaries: £34,000 to £55,000

Take Action: Find out more information about the different roles that construction has to offer you!

In this video, Kate who is a Business Development Manager for Basil Wyatt & Sons, talks about the various roles she has had in her career in construction, including Site manager, Site Engineer and Project Manager.

Build IT! Roles I've done in construction

Is construction just for men?

The construction industry is male dominated however this does not mean that there is no place for women. You could work in the construction industry in an office environment or you could take part in an on-site practical role. The possibilities are endless!

In this video, take a look at the different roles that are available to women in Construction!

BuildIT! There are many roles for women in the Construction industry!

How do I get into Construction?

There are many different routes that you can take to get into the construction industry.


An Apprenticeship is great for people who want to start their career fast as they allow you to earn whilst you learn. Learning will be provided by a college or a learning provider, and an employer will provide you with a full-time paid job.

ACE Training is a specialist training centre in Kidlington. They provide quality pre-Apprenticeship programmes and Apprentice Training in Brickwork, Bench Joinery, Construction Operations (Groundworks), Maintenance Operations and Site Carpentry. 

Activate Apprenticeships offer a variety of Apprenticeships in construction such as Brickwork, Painting and Decorating, Plastering, Plumbing and Site Carpentry.


You can also get into construction through a Traineeship. Traineeships are designed to help young people who would like to continue on to a course or apprenticeship, but don’t yet have the necessary skills. Traineeships are great as they allow you to learn new skills whilst improving your English and Maths qualifications.

Work experience

Work experience is another route into the construction industry. Work experience is a fantastic opportunity to try out new things, improve your CV and you get the chance to explore the workplace at the same time!

College Courses

You can take a look at colleges that offer construction courses to get you started!

Abingdon & Witney College offer a great range of entry level construction courses such as Bench Joinery, Carpentry, Electrical Instillation and Plumbing. 

City of Oxford College offer a wide range of fantastic construction courses which include Bench Joinery, Brickwork, Carpentry, Electrical Instillation, Painting and Decorating and much more!

Take Action: Find out more information about the different routes that you can take to get a career in construction!​

In this video, take a look at Kate’s Top Tip on how to kick-start your career in Construction!

Build IT! Kick-start your career in Construction with this Top Tip!

Don’t delay search for your perfect job in construction today!

Go Construct Explore the different opportunities that the construction industry has to offer you. ACE Training ACE Training is a specialist construction training centre based in Kidlington, Oxfordshire which offers Apprenticeships as well as introductory and part-time courses. Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Take a look here for advice on Apprenticeships! National Apprenticeship Finder Find Apprenticeships near you! Abingdon & Witney College Abingdon and Witney College offer a great range of entry level courses in construction. City of Oxford College Take a look at the fantastic construction courses that the City of Oxford College have to offer you! Activate Apprenticeships Activate Apprenticeships offer a variety of Apprenticeships in construction! JTL JTL offer Apprenticeships and Traineeships in construction. Oxford Energy Academy The Oxford Energy Academy offer Level 2 and 3 Plumbing and Heating Apprenticeships and lots of other courses. Clarkson Evans Clarkson Evans are one of the biggest apprentice employers in the electrical industry. The Apprenticeship & Training Company The Apprenticeship & Training Company are an agency that specialise in construction. House Building CareersEarn as you learn with a house building Apprenticeship!
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