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Why construction matters

In this video we see how construction is all around us and how it shapes everything we do in our daily lives. Whether that is helping the country respond to …

Introducing the trades (contd.)

Let’s continue our look at the trades and what they encompass. Electrician An electrician, sometimes called a ‘sparky’, an electrical fitter, an electrical installer or an electrical technician, is responsible …

Supervisory roles in construction

Once you have gained some experience working in your trade or craft, it is likely your first step up the career ladder in construction will be to a supervisory role. …

Professions in construction

In this course we have categorised the jobs in the construction industry into three main types: unskilled jobs that do not require formal training or qualifications trades and crafts which …

Course wrap-up

Well done on completing the course! We hope you have enjoyed learning about construction, how it relates to wider society, who works in the sector and what you can expect …

Routes into construction

Construction sector jobs, as we have seen in Week 1, almost always require some sort of training, either before starting the job or once you have started your new job …

What are trades and crafts?

What do you think of when you hear the word construction? A bricklayer perhaps, or an electrician? Maybe even a plumber? All of these occupations are known as trades and …

Introducing the trades

It’s time to start to differentiate the trades and what they encompass. We can’t cover every trade but over the course of the next two steps we will discuss six …

Week 1 summary

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the course so far and learnt a few things to help you decide whether a career in construction might be for you. Next week we build on …

Construction skills

The construction industry offers employment opportunities to people of all skill levels, from those just starting out to very senior managers and professionals. While many of the jobs available will …

Let’s get started

Welcome to Step into Construction. In this course, you will be able to explore a job or career in construction and the opportunities that are open to you should you …

Health and safety

Health and safety is a critical part in all construction work and features in any construction job. Whatever construction job you might have, it is important to recognise health and …

Coming up this week

Once you have started your job in construction, you might begin to think about what your career could look like in the future. The construction sector offers lots of opportunity …

Course activities and learning

This is an open online course. It provides opportunities for discussion, short video clips for you to watch, questions for you to consider, and links to relevant reading material. It …