Building and construction

The building and construction industry offers apprenticeship pathways leading to trade or professional qualifications in a vast number of different areas making this an exciting industry.
Harry – Building Services Engineering Apprentice, Troup Bywaters + Anders.

What’s an apprenticeship in building and construction?

Whether you dream of overseeing the construction of a green energy site or an interest in software development, there are plenty of opportunities to carve out a rewarding career with a building and construction apprenticeship.

The ongoing housing shortage in the UK means that the skilled trades and services provided by the building and construction industry are in constant demand. There is also high demand for specialist skills in areas such as renewable energy and infrastructure development. Building and construction apprenticeships can help you develop varied, hands-on experience.

Anna Gates – Level 6 Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship, EDF

“Every day I get to come to work and contribute to a better future. I’m part of a massive piece of infrastructure that will influence the entire country by powering six million homes in just a few years’ time. I’m not sure how many people my age can say that.”

Andrew George – Head of Talent Development Barrett Development

“We have career pathways right from trade Level 2 apprenticeships all the way to a master’s equivalent Level 7, meaning we really can support you in building a successful career in building and construction. They span all of our professional disciplines, so it’s an exciting time for those who want to make a difference in our ever changing and growing industry.”

Facts and stats

Average salary
The average salary across the building and construction industry is £35,160 in the UK1.
Industry growth
The UK Government has a target to build 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s2.
Employment
The construction sector is one of the largest in the UK economy – employing 3.1 million people3.
Roles
There are lots of different apprenticeship roles available in the industry, including quantity surveying, construction management and civil engineering.
Industry trends
There is an ageing workforce in construction – around 37% of the current workforce is over 50, so it’s vital younger generations join the industry4.
Employers
Some well-known employers in building and construction are Barrett, Kier, Redrow Homes, Skanska and the British Army.

Who would suit an apprenticeship in building and construction?

With so many possibilities, apprenticeships in the building and construction industry are incredibly popular. Many options are available from entry-level apprenticeships that don’t require any previous qualifications, through to higher level where you could achieve a degree whilst working.

There are over 100 different types of apprenticeships in the construction industry. Apprentices in this industry will learn practical and/or technical skills from tradespeople and professionals covering a broad range of skills from bricklaying to town planning.

When it comes to the size of the organisation, the industry is all-inclusive. You’ll find opportunities at all levels, from local businesses to global construction companies. Some of the larger employers offering apprenticeships in the industry are Amey, Barrett, Bellway, Kier, CITB, Fairview, Laing O’Rourke, McLaren, Redrow, Skanska and even the British Army.

If you’re a team player with good communication skills and you love to be active and outdoors, you might suit a building and construction apprenticeship. Equally if you have a technical and analytical mind you will find a rewarding career in this industry.

Jack Roberts – Level 3 Project Control Apprenticeship, MEH Alliance, Hinkley Point C project

“I’m working on the biggest construction project in Europe at Hinkley Point C, that will play a major role in helping Great Britain achieve net zero – that makes my apprenticeship feel really exciting! Every day brings a different challenge so there’s no chance of it being a monotonous job when you’re a planner in construction.”

Travis Redfern – Level 3 Digital Engineering Technician Apprenticeship, BYLOR

“I hadn’t realised there was an actual job out there that was a collation of all the things I loved at college until I found the digital engineer apprenticeship. We work behind the scenes to improve workflows and practices and the digital solutions we provide have a hugely positive impact on the whole industry.”

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Pros
  • Building and construction skills are always in demand.
  • You can see the results of your work at the end.
  • It’s a versatile industry, with lots of opportunity to move around.
Cons
  • Higher apprenticeships are long, taking around five and a half years to complete.
  • When you work on site, days can be long making study hard to fit in.
  • Some roles within construction can be physically demanding.

Why choose an apprenticeship in building and construction?

There’s currently a skills shortage in the building and construction industry and apprenticeships are key to turning this around. As an apprentice, you’ll not only study your chosen subject but will be on site gaining practical experience which will make you highly employable in the future.

I can use my apprenticeship to help influence the future of the country’s infrastructure.

Anna Gate, Apprentice at EDF

As an apprentice, you’ll be supported by experts in the field as you learn the skills needed to carry out the tasks involved in your chosen profession. At the same time, you’ll study towards an industry-specific qualification equipping you with everything you need to excel.

When it comes to both practical and professional skills, the hands-on learning in real-world situations gained from working on multiple projects throughout an apprenticeship is invaluable and will underpin the academic element of your apprenticeship.

Coming into construction is coming into a large and important part of the economy.

Andrew George, Employer at Barratts Homes

Industry top tips

Watch our top tips on how to get into building and construction from Harry, an apprentice at Troup, Bywaters + Anders.

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