Job Description


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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.  

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Entry Requirements

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.

Click here to search for a suitable course.

Career Path and Progression

  • Manager
  • Boat builder
  • Senior Assistant 
  • Work self employed 

Required Skills

  • 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

Salary Range

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.

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