Frequently asked questions
I want to do an apprenticeship in construction. How do I go about it?
The Careers in Construction section of our website holds all the information you'll need. You can request an application pack, apply online, or contact CITB for more information.
As an apprentice, will I get paid for my training?
Yes, you get paid by your employer so you will earn while you learn. For more information you can contact CITB.
Can I work and gain qualifications at the same time?
Yes, you can do this through an apprenticeship. This will involve working for an employer and attending college on day or block release. For more information you can contact CITB.
How old do I have to be to start an apprenticeship?
You have to be 16 to start an apprenticeship in England and Wales. You can be 15 to start an apprenticeship in Scotland.
What qualifications do I need to do an apprenticeship?
To go into a craft role, such as roofing, steeplejacking or painting & decorating, you will need a good basic education to GCSE/Scottish Standard level or equivalent. Maths and English will be helpful.
To follow a technical route, like a surveyor, civil engineer, architect or estimator, then you'll need four good GCSE/Scottish Standard grades, A Levels/Scottish Highers or equivalent grades.
What qualifications do I need to do a degree in construction?
It will depend on what course you are interested in and where you want to study.
You'll usually need a minimum of two A Levels/more than two Scottish Highers. Some courses will also prefer a science or maths based background. To find out more about courses and requirements, visit www.ucas.co.uk or have a look at university and college websites.
How do I get an employer to give me a job?
CITB can offer advice with this and notify you of any vacancies we are aware of, but you do need to look for an employer yourself. This will make the whole process a lot easier.
Check the www.yell.com and email or call the employer. Don't forget to make contact with any employers that you've done work experience with.
How easy is it to get a job with a degree in construction?
The construction industry welcome graduates with not only construction associated degrees but also more diverse degrees. So don't worry if you have a degree in, for example, History or Business Management, there are still jobs out there for you! A good place to start is bconstructive.co.uk - have a look at the job roles or try using our virtual Careers Advisor.
Is it more difficult for women to make it in the industry?
The sector is working really hard to overcome traditional stereotypes and achieve a construction industry workforce which is fully representative of society. Whoever you are, you'll be more than welcome and the construction sector has a career for you!
Do construction graduates earn a good wage?
Yes they do. Starting as a graduate offers a broad opportunity to develop a better wage. For example, if you start on a Management Training Programme, the training and development will stand you in good stead for the future.
I've just graduated with a construction related degree, what do I do next?
You need to find the right job, which means researching the type of company you would like to work for and the type of role you want to take. Check out the website of the appropriate professional body for more information.
I've just joined a company as an apprentice/graduate and I'm keen to move up the ranks.
You need to demonstrate your enthusiasm to learn and understand. Also, being reliable is important. Meet those deadlines and you'll soon prove your worth.
Show you want to develop and move up the ranks and demonstrate your desire to achieve. Ambition and motivation will take you a long way.