Discover the roles and opportunities available to you in the construction industry, and the pathways to get you into the sector.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Start your career in construction

Have you ever considered a career in construction but not sure if it’s right for you? This two-week course will introduce you to the variety of roles available in the industry, and will give you the knowledge and skills you need to get started.

You’ll gain an insight into the sector in the UK and find out which parts are growing, and where you can take advantage of the emerging job opportunities to begin a career in construction*. *Subject to eligibility to work or study in the UK.

Understand the different types of jobs in construction

Using employer insights, you’ll gain knowledge from those working in the industry and examine the different parts of the construction sector including skilled trades, and supervisory and professional jobs in the industry. With this knowledge, you can identify which job roles you may be interested in.

You’ll explore the growing areas in the sector, the pathways you can take into construction and possible progression routes.

As well as assessing employment options, you’ll get insights on what it means being self-employed and running your own construction business, and how to go about searching for a job.

Gain a digital credential from City & Guilds

At the end of the course, you will be invited to test your knowledge and, if you pass, gain a digital credential from City & Guilds to prove your learning.

Get access to learning opportunities and then jobs

You can use your digital credential to search for a suitable course to get the training you will need to move into the construction industry and look at a range of jobs that could be open to you once you have the necessary skills to work in the sector. On our signposting page, you will also have exclusive access to a selection of employers who would like to hear from you once you are job-ready.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to the construction industry – the role of construction in society
  • Starting out – trades, crafts and construction skills
  • Beginning your construction journey – qualifications, experience and routes into the industry
  • Developing your career in construction – opportunities for progression
  • Running a construction business

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on whether a career in construction is for you
  • Investigate the role of health and safety, and the importance of diversity in the industry
  • Identify entry level routes into construction, as well as key trades and their responsibilities
  • Explore the role of training and qualifications, and the meaning of competency
  • Explore potential career pathways, from supervisory roles to senior leadership, and consider the skills needed to run your own business

Who is the course for?

This course will help anyone considering a career in construction in the UK. It will introduce you to the sector and will help you understand the most in-demand employment and progression opportunities to those eligible to work in the UK.

Who will you learn with?

James is Head of Policy & Research at the National Federation of Builders, one of the UK’s oldest construction trade bodies, representing builders, contractors and housebuilders across England & Wales

Who developed the course?

City & Guilds Group

We support over 4 million people each year to develop skills that help them into a job, develop on that job and to prepare for their next job. As a charity, we’re proud that everything we do is focused on achieving this purpose. 

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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