How to Get Into Construction

How to Get Into Construction

How to get into construction

In 2021, the UK construction market size was valued at £448.7 billion, and this has only increased in the last few years. The industry shows no sign of stopping in the future, either!

If you're wondering how to get into construction, then it can be difficult to know where to start. We hope this blog will guide you towards the best construction course for your needs and answer any questions you may have about the construction industry.


Can I get into construction without experience? 

One of the best things about a job in construction is that you can learn while on the job. As it's very physically skilled, it's a career where you learn more as you immerse yourself in the construction environment. 

Whilst experience may help in other careers, a construction career doesn't require experience to get started. Instead, you'll learn as you go!

At Access Training, we offer fast-track construction training that is available whether you have experience or none at all!


What qualifications do I need to work in construction?

Like most jobs, you will need to have your standard maths and English GCSEs. To work in construction, you will usually need to meet these entry requirements: 

  • 2 or less GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G) or equivalent for a Level 1 course.
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) or equivalent for a Level 2 course.

If you have no prior experience of construction, you will need to take an introductory course which counts as a Level 1 qualification. If this is you, then a City & Guilds Level 1 would be the perfect starting point. 

From then, you will probably enrol onto optional modules throughout your course to enhance your learning. These could include anything from carpentry and joinery to health and safety and building maintenance.

If you enrol onto a construction course with us and choose our Professional Carpentry Course, you will be able to achieve your Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry!


Would I be a good construction worker?

If you can relate to any of the desirable characteristics in this list, then you would definitely be a good construction worker!

Construction workers are incredibly skilled in what they do and the job has many risks, so it's important that you're proficient in the skills below...


Construction worker desirable skills

  • Physical strength 
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Memory skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision-making
  • Working in a team
  • Leadership


Is construction a good career?

Construction is an incredibly exciting career. It's not a desk job, which means you'll stay active and stimulated throughout the day. You'll be able to learn a variety of skills whilst having job security and brilliant opportunities for career progression.

The pay is also worth considering, too, with the average construction worker earning £47,000 a year in the UK.

It's also a very satisfying job. Construction careers allow you to build upon your expertise and see to the end of major projects that you will be a part of - which is very rewarding!


Are you ready to become a construction worker?

If you'd like to become a construction worker, then we have all the resources you could ever need. Including a friendly and supportive environment, flexible monthly payment options, and career support long after the completion of your chosen course.

We have a range of construction courses available for those looking to get into construction work, including:

Gain industry-recognised construction qualifications and grow the industry by becoming a construction worker today. 

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