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Build a Career in Construction!

Did you know that construction is the largest industry in the UK? With over 2.2 million people already working in the sector. However there’s still a huge demand for new recruits with lots of career opportunities.

Here is an overview of just some of the areas to consider….

A Career as a Trade Professional 

Apprenticeships offer on-site experience and are ideal for those who wish to learn a trade, such as painting and decorating, bricklaying and carpentry. A good way to put a foot in the door is to contact a construction employer and inquire about possible apprentice openings as well as looking at your local college and the construction qualifications they offer.


A Career as a Plumber

By 2020, it’s predicted that 999,000 people will be working in this sector – and it’s easy to see why! A plumber can earn on average, anything between £22,000 and £35,000 a year. If you like problem-solving, if you’re technically minded and have a good customer care attitude – plumbing can be a really rewarding trade.

Apprenticeships are a great way to get started and these will tend to combine learning on the job with academic study. With practical work you’ll learn how to install water supplies, find faults in systems and repair them.


A Career as an Electrician

This is another highly skilled area and newly qualified electricians can earn between £19,000 and £22,000 a year. There a number of ways to get started, however it’s worthwhile joining a specialist recruitment agency, this is because it’s crucial you join a company that gives you the opportunity to undertake the breadth of work necessary for you to complete your qualifications.

Some employers will help by sending you to college around work to complete the necessary qualifications, such as the NVQ Level 2 and 3 Diplomas, whilst also offering on-site training.


A Career as a Merchant

As a leading builders’ merchant we know how valuable apprentices can be in shaping the future of our industry. Builders’ merchants supply materials and products to the general public, construction companies and trade professionals. In terms of applying for apprenticeships, vacancies are usually advertised via local press, recruitment agencies or on company websites.


There are a huge variety of roles available within the merchant sector – from working within a busy branch team, operations, health and safety, managerial positions, administration and sales. It can be an incredibly rewarding sector to work in – take it from us!

For more information about apprenticeships visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/construction-planning-and-the-built-environment-apprenticeships

To find about more about a career with Jewson visit: http://www.jewson.co.uk/careers/