For those wanting a career in Construction, we have a number of well-established courses available including Brickwork, Carpentry & Joinery, Electrical Installation, Plastering and Plumbing at various levels of study.

All our colleges have a strong relationship with the Sector Skills Council for the industry, as well as local employers, local authorities and housing associations.

Work experience is an important element of many of these courses and, through our links with the industry, many of our students regularly get jobs that are never advertised.

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Top career opportunities

Construction and building trades

Average salary: £32,947
Experienced salary: £43,514

Construction and building trades supervisors

Average salary: £27,955
Experienced salary: £38,834

Construction operatives

Average salary: £19,178
Experienced salary: £27,747

Top jobs in sector

  • Production managers and directors in construction
    What does this career do?

    Production managers and directors in construction direct and co-ordinate resources for the construction and maintenance of civil and structural engineering works including houses, flats, factories, roads and runways, bridges, tunnels and railway works, harbour, dock and marine works and water supply, drainage and sewage works.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £49,483 per year. That is about £4,123 per month, or £24 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £24,149 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £104,957 per year.

  • Civil engineers
    What does this career do?

    Civil engineers undertake research and design, direct construction and manage the operation and maintenance of civil and mining engineering structures.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £39,458 per year. That is about £3,288 per month, or £19 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £24,731 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £59,259 per year.

  • Electrical engineers
    What does this career do?

    Electrical engineers undertake research and design, direct construction and manage the operation and maintenance of electrical equipment, power stations, building control systems and other electrical products and systems.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £40,706 per year. That is about £3,392 per month, or £20 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £24,024 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £61,443 per year.

  • Electronics engineers
    What does this career do?

    Electronics engineers undertake research and design, direct construction and manage the operation and maintenance of electronic motors, communications systems, microwave systems, and other electronic equipment.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £46,176 per year. That is about £3,848 per month, or £22 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £27,269 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £67,891 per year.

  • Production and process engineers
    What does this career do?

    Production and process engineers advise on and direct technical aspects of production programmes to ensure cost-effectiveness and efficiency. This unit group incorporates: planning and quality control engineers who plan production schedules, work sequences, and manufacturing and processing procedures to ensure accuracy, quality and reliability; and chemical engineers who undertake research on commercial scale chemical processes and processed products, design and provide specifications and direct the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of chemical plants and control systems.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £42,806 per year. That is about £3,567 per month, or £21 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £26,208 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £62,962 per year.

  • Architects
    What does this career do?

    Architects plan and design the construction and development of buildings and land areas with regard to functional and aesthetic requirements.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 5 NVQ; Masters

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £42,931 per year. That is about £3,577 per month, or £21 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £26,250 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £66,414 per year.

  • Quantity surveyors
    What does this career do?

    Quantity surveyors advise on financial and contractual matters relating to, and prepare bills of quantities for, construction projects and provide other support functions concerning the financing and materials required for building projects.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £50,190 per year. That is about £4,182 per month, or £24 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £26,458 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £78,104 per year.

  • Chartered architectural technologists
    What does this career do?

    Chartered architectural technologists provide architectural design services, negotiate construction projects and manage the development of projects from conception to completion.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 4 NVQ; Intermediate, DipHE, DipFE

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £38,438 per year. That is about £3,203 per month, or £18 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £22,797 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £60,778 per year.

  • Construction project managers and related professionals
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group manage and oversee major construction and civil engineering projects and major building contracts for quality of work, safety, timeliness and completion within budget; forecast travel patterns and develop strategies for managing the impact of traffic-related demand.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £36,130 per year. That is about £3,010 per month, or £17 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £21,694 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £58,760 per year.

  • Engineering technicians
    What does this career do?

    Engineering technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist engineers with the design, development, operation, installation and maintenance of engineering systems and constructions.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £29,598 per year. That is about £2,466 per month, or £14 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,926 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £44,678 per year.

  • Pipe fitters
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group install pipe systems and maintain and repair pipes in major utilities, industrial and construction settings and sites.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £38,709 per year. That is about £3,225 per month, or £19 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £28,746 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £58,344 per year.

  • Steel erectors
    What does this career do?

    Steel erectors fit and erect structural metal framework for buildings and other structures such as metal chimneys.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £27,102 per year. That is about £2,258 per month, or £13 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £18,970 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,549 per year.

  • Roofers, roof tilers and slaters
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group cover roofs and exterior walls with felting, sheeting, slates, tiles and thatch to provide a waterproof surface.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £23,712 per year. That is about £1,976 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £16,723 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £31,304 per year.

  • Construction and building trades
    What does this career do?

    Those working in construction and building trades n.e.c. undertake a variety of tasks in the construction, alteration, maintenance and repair of buildings, steeples, industrial chimneys and other tall structures, and of underwater structures not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 531: Construction and Building Trades.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £32,947 per year. That is about £2,745 per month, or £16 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £23,275 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £43,514 per year.

  • Plasterers
    What does this career do?

    Plasterers apply plaster and cement mixtures to walls and ceilings, fix fibrous sheets and cast and fix ornamental plasterwork to the interior or exterior of buildings.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £26,936 per year. That is about £2,244 per month, or £13 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,011 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £36,254 per year.

  • Construction and building trades supervisors
    What does this career do?

    Construction and building trades supervisors oversee operations and directly supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in construction and building trades.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £27,955 per year. That is about £2,329 per month, or £13 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £20,488 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £38,834 per year.

  • Road construction operatives
    What does this career do?

    Road construction operatives construct, repair and maintain roads and lay paving slabs and kerbstones to form pavements and street gutters.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £25,646 per year. That is about £2,137 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,306 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £36,254 per year.

  • Rail construction and maintenance operatives
    What does this career do?

    Rail construction and maintenance operatives lay, re-lay, repair and examine railway track and maintain surrounding areas.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £20,218 per year. That is about £1,684 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £14,144 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £29,016 per year.

  • Construction operatives
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group operate insulating equipment, fix plasterboard or dry linings to ceilings and walls, help construct, maintain, repair and demolish buildings and clean and resurface eroded stonework, lay, join and examine pipe sections for drainage, gas, water or similar piping systems and carry out a variety of other construction operative tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 814: Construction Operatives.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £19,178 per year. That is about £1,598 per month, or £9 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £13,478 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £27,747 per year.

  • Elementary construction occupations
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of general labouring and construction duties to assist building, civil engineering and related trades workers in the performance of their tasks.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £23,733 per year. That is about £1,977 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £18,491 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,216 per year.

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