Graduate Careers Advice

Graduate Building And Construction Careers

James Thornhill

The construction industry covers all manner of infrastructure, as well as social and industrial building work and the maintenance of existing buildings.

Jobs in the construction sector are largely based on teamwork – you will almost certainly be working with many other people in order to ensure the safe and on time completion of projects.

New technologies, especially with regards to the environment, mean that the construction industry is evolving very quickly. Those working in the construction sector should be increasingly aware of the developments talking place, and be prepared to keep up with the fast pace of progress.

It is an industry that offers great routes into a career from all levels of education.

Despite popular belief, it’s not just mean working in construction – the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) reckons around 200,000 women have construction jobs. This is an industry which has plenty of jobs for everyone.

It’s also an industry currently on the up according to information from the Construction Skills Network. Unemployment is currently at its lowest level for a decade and earnings are rising.

Over the next five years the industry is expected to grow by 2.5% each year creating 232,000 jobs. This is a good time to enter the industry.

Many jobs in the building and construction industry can be done on a freelance basis, so you can set up your own business and work whatever hours you like.

How much can I earn as a Builder?

The building and construction industry has a wide range of job roles with a huge variety of salaries depending on the skills and experience needed.

Lower level starting salaries can be between £12,000 and £15,000 whilst specialist and senior roles can see people earn over £50,000+ or even considerably higher.

Salaries on graduate schemes often start at over £30,000.

What qualifications do I need to be a Builder?


After Bachelors degree

For areas of the construction industry for which a degree is necessary there are often professional qualifications you will need to gain to start full-time in that job role.

Many reputable universities offer postgraduate courses available to people from all degree disciplines to be able to start on the route to gain the relevant qualifications.

A common route for graduates is to gain entry to a graduate training scheme with an employer. Competition on these schemes is very strong and you will need to have a degree to at least a 2:1 level to gain entry.

What Skills Do I Need To Be A Builder?

Different roles in the building and construction industry require different skills but you are likely to require:

·        Understanding of construction processes and practices
·        Communication
·        Practical skills
·        Problem solving
·        Numeracy skills
·        IT skills
·        Commercial awareness

What Experience Do I Need To Get A Job In Building and Construction?

Employers in this industry will be looking for practical skills and experience over academic qualifications in most job roles, so gaining some direct work experience will give you a huge advantage.

You can often arrange work placements on building sites and in construction companies through your school or college careers advisor.

Courses for roles that require formal academic qualifications often come with placements included in the syllabus.

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