Builders construct new buildings from beginning to end or repair and maintain existing buildings, they are often self employed or in a partnership and may hire sub contractors to do some of the work such as plumbers, bricklayers, carpenters etc. They can be involved in small projects such as building a wall or an extension to working on new housing estates or offices.
You can get into this role through a college course, an apprenticeship or your could take a university course:
You could do a college course such as:
- Construction and the Built Environment Extended Diploma Level 3
- Building and Property Maintenance Diploma Level 2.
You will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) including English and/or maths for a Level 3.
The following local colleges offer courses in Construction:
Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.
You could do this through an Intermediate or Advanced apprenticeship which will help you gain practical skills and knowledge of the trade.
You'll usually need
- GCSE's in English and maths for an intermediate apprenticeship (level 2) If you don't have maths and English GCSE you may be able to do these as part of your apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.
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A university course would give you the skills and experience you need to progress to a construction management role or start your own business.
Relevant courses include:
- Construction Management
- Construction and the Built Environment
- Construction Project Manager
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree.
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Career Path and Progression
- Boat builder
- Senior Assistant
- Work self employed
- Reasonable level of fitness
- Able to work in a team or on your own initiative
- Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
- Have good practical skills
- Attention to detail
The average starting salary of a builder is around £22,000. This will go up with experience and progression. If you decide to become self-employed and start up your own business you will be able to set your own rates and have your own clients which will give you the potential to earn a lot more money.