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: £26,750
Experienced salary: £30,817

Construction and Building Trades Supervisors

Average salary: £32,574
Experienced salary: £32,574

Construction Operatives

Average salary: £24,211
Experienced salary: £47,922

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 £45,525 per year. That is about £3,793 per month, or £22 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £23,868 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £71,292 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 £40,984 per year. That is about £3,415 per month, or £20 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £21,718 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £63,609 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 £47,549 per year. That is about £3,962 per month, or £23 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £22,409 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £63,609 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 £41,144 per year. That is about £3,428 per month, or £20 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £21,059 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £63,609 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 £46,738 per year. That is about £3,894 per month, or £22 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,709 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £63,609 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 £41,034 per year. That is about £3,419 per month, or £20 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £20,676 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £60,605 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 £49,634 per year. That is about £4,136 per month, or £24 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £23,181 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £66,160 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 £34,143 per year. That is about £2,845 per month, or £16 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £22,662 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £66,160 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 £36,261 per year. That is about £3,021 per month, or £17 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £21,084 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £66,160 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 £32,449 per year. That is about £2,704 per month, or £16 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £22,180 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £42,756 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 £34,820 per year. That is about £2,901 per month, or £17 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,869 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £36,192 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 £28,293 per year. That is about £2,357 per month, or £14 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £16,376 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,969 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 £25,043 per year. That is about £2,086 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,741 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,969 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 £26,750 per year. That is about £2,229 per month, or £13 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £14,986 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £30,817 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 £28,498 per year. That is about £2,374 per month, or £14 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £16,334 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £36,003 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 £32,574 per year. That is about £2,714 per month, or £16 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £20,399 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £32,574 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 £26,643 per year. That is about £2,220 per month, or £13 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,040 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £55,289 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 £35,110 per year. That is about £2,925 per month, or £17 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £20,989 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £77,041 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 £24,211 per year. That is about £2,017 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £18,651 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £47,922 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 £20,613 per year. That is about £1,717 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £14,174 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £29,187 per year.

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