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.
Two builders measuring wood

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.
  • Joiner – Works with wood to install wooden fixtures and fittings.
  • Planner – Plans and coordinates construction activities, helping to shape the way towns and cities develop.
  • Site Manager – Overseas the construction process and manages other workers on site.

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.

Construction - a good job for everyone

The construction industry is male dominated. But there are women working in construction and promgrammes to support more women to move into construction, like Women into Construction.

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

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!

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

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Posted by Edward Collett
Posted ago

Hi, I work for Abingdon & Witney College, it would be great to have a chat with someone about how we could add some details to this page ( about our new construction skills centre in Bicester/
Kind regards,

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