As a school leaver, you may enter through a Modern Apprenticeship with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). You may need subjects at National 5 including English, Maths and science or technological subjects, or Skills for Work Construction Crafts at National 5.
You could study the Foundation Apprenticeship in Construction (SCQF Level 4 or 5) in S3-S6, which can help to get into a relevant Modern Apprenticeship.
Enter a construction company with a suitable HNC (SCQF Level 7) or HND (SCQF Level 8). For entry you usually need 1-2 Highers including Maths and a science subject.
You need to hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to work on a construction site.
You need good knowledge of, and sometimes a qualification in, health and safety.
A driving licence is useful, and sometimes essential.
Look for jobs with building contractors, property developers, surveyors, civil engineering practices, local government, the Civil Service and health authorities.
What Does it Take?
You should have:
good communication skills
good IT skills and knowledge of CAD
accuracy and ability to pay attention to detail
a sense of responsibility
a good knowledge of health and safety regulations, as well as building methods, materials and law
good teamworking skills.
You need to be able to:
work to deadlines
work within budgets
plan and organise resources.
Training is usually on the job alongside an experienced technician.
You can study, while on the job, for the SVQ Construction Site Supervision (Construction): Building and Civil Engineering at (SCQF Level 7).
You might complete the National Examination Board in Occupational Health and Safety (NEBOSH) National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety.
Depending on your area of specialism, promoted positions might include construction manager, estimator and company buyer.
You could study part time for a degree qualification in civil engineering or another relevant area.
CITB is the Sector Skills Council which covers a wide range of sectors in the development and maintenance of the built environment. Its careers website (bconstructive.co.uk) provides a wide range of information on jobs in the construction industry.