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.
Enter a construction company with a suitable HNC or HND. 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.
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.