How to become a Builder

If you're looking for a hands-on job that won't keep you cooped up inside then construction is a good bet. While office workers are sweltering in their glass cages, wishing they were out in the sunshine, you will be!

But construction isn't just one job. It's actually hundreds of them. On big projects like a skyscraper, hotel or office block, you'll have lots of different people who each have their own individual job.

Bricklayers, carpenters, scaffolders, plasterers, tilers and loads more besides. Working in construction you can travel the world (post-work pint on Bondi Beach anyone?), start your own business or even work on a project that could become a national landmark.

What qualifications do I need to become a builder?

With a little bit of everything from painting to plumbing, City & Guilds have qualifications ideal for people with little or no experience in the construction industry.  Whether you already know what you want to do, or just want to learn a range of practical skills, there is something for you here.

Building courses

Our construction courses and qualifications, such as the NVQ in Construction, are perfect for anyone wanting to become a builder.

> View construction qualifications available in the UK

> View construction qualifications available internationally

Building apprenticeships

You can also learn while you earn with a Construction apprenticeship.

Where to study

Search for a centre that offers your chosen qualification by using the Find a Centre search box (on the top right of each page, or on the right hand side of individual qualifications and apprenticeships pages).

KEY INFO

Type of work:
Mainly outdoors with some internal work. You may be working at ground level or at height from scaffolding. Operatives, tradespeople and professionals deploying their skills in numerous workplace situations building schools, hospitals, houses and roads.

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Who you could work for:
As a qualified trades person or operative you may be employed by any of the thousands of building and civil engineering companies that currently carry out  some £100 billion worth of work in the UK and abroad. Some construction companies specialise in new build e.g. house building, others in the repair and maintenance of all types of buildings. Many carry out general building or civil engineering work such as constructing office blocks or building roads. 

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Likely hours:
Many people in the construction industry work 37hours per week and start at 7.30 or 8.00am- Monday to Friday with some weekend work opportunities.

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Earning power*:
A qualified craft person may typically earn £21,000-£25,000 with opportunities for overtime. On some contracts this may be considerably more e.g. £31,000 on a factory shutdown. General operatives may earn £15,000 to £21,000 depending on their skills and knowledge. Site Mangers can earn anything from £25,000 to £40,000 and more depending on the nature and complexity of the work.

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Perfect for you if you are:
Highly motivated, like working outdoors, physically fit and enjoy working as part of a team.

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You could even go on to:
The industry employs many people with various skill levels, including, technicians and professionals such as civil engineers and surveyors. Many craftspeople go on to become site managers or become self employed.

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*Remember

Salaries are only a guide. We've quoted average figures and there will be some variation around the country and from employer to employer.

Apprenticeships at City and Guilds

APPRENTICESHIPS

City & Guilds Apprenticeships cover 170 job roles in 28 industries

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