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Careers in Construction

Construction apprenticeships and courses provide valuable hands-on training and mentorship, equipping individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in the dynamic and rewarding field of construction.

Construction apprenticeships and courses provide individuals with an invaluable opportunity to gain practical, hands-on training and mentorship in the dynamic field of construction. Through these programs, apprentices learn from experienced professionals, honing their skills and acquiring industry-specific knowledge that sets them on a path towards a rewarding career. Whether it's learning the fundamentals of carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, or other specialised trades, apprenticeships offer a structured curriculum that combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training. Get ready to gain confidence and experience that pave the way for future success in your chosen trade.

The GC Education & Skills SkillCentre in Trafford Park is a leading training provider hub offering exceptional vocational training and skills development in the construction industry, providing state-of-the-art facilities, comprehensive apprenticeship programs, personalised instruction, and real-world projects, all aimed at equipping aspiring construction professionals with the expertise and confidence needed for successful careers.

Construction Apprenticeships and Courses:

Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery (Pre-apprenticeship)

34 weeks
1
Greater Manchester SkillCentre, Trafford Park
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Level 2 Diploma in Painting and Decorating

24 weeks
2
Greater Manchester SkillCentre, Trafford Park
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Level 1 Diploma in Plastering (Pre-Apprenticeship)

34 weeks
1
Greater Manchester SkillCentre, Trafford Park
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Level 2 Diploma in Plastering

20 weeks
2
Greater Manchester SkillCentre, Trafford Park
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Property Maintenance Operative

Minimum 12 months (+ 3 month EPA)
2
Workplace
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Property Maintenance Operative Apprenticeship

24 months
2
Workplace
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CSCS Card

12 days
CSCS Card
Green Skills Academy, Trafford Park
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Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Fenestration Installation (inc CSCS Card)

9 months
2
Workplace
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Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Glazing (inc CSCS Card)

9 months
2
Workplace
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where will I learn?

The GC Education & Skills SkillCentre at Trafford Park is a premier institution dedicated to providing exceptional vocational training and skills development in the construction industry. Situated in the bustling Trafford Park area, the SkillCentre offers state-of-the-art facilities and a comprehensive range of construction apprenticeship programs. From bricklaying and plastering to carpentry and plumbing, the SkillCentre equips aspiring construction professionals with the expertise and hands-on experience necessary for a successful career in the field. With a team of highly qualified instructors and industry experts, students at the SkillCentre benefit from personalized instruction, practical workshops, and real-world projects that simulate the challenges and intricacies of the construction industry. The SkillCentre's commitment to excellence in education and skills training ensures that apprentices graduate with the competence and confidence to excel in their chosen trades, contributing to the growth and innovation of the construction sector.

What are the different types of Construction job roles?

There are a wide range of job roles in the construction industry in the UK. Some of the most common types of roles include architects, surveyors, project managers, quantity surveyors, engineers, site managers, tradespeople such as bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and painters, as well as administrative and support staff. Other roles may include health and safety advisors, sustainability consultants, and environmental specialists. Each role requires different skills and qualifications, and may involve working on different aspects of the construction process, such as design, planning, construction, maintenance, or repair. The construction industry is a vital part of the UK economy and offers many opportunities for those looking for a challenging and rewarding career.

What is the average Construction starting salary?

The starting salary for a career in construction in the UK can vary depending on the job role and location. Typically, entry-level roles such as apprenticeships or trainee positions may offer lower salaries compared to more experienced roles. However, as an approximate guide, the average starting salary for a construction worker in the UK is around £20,000 to £25,000 per year. However, this can vary based on factors such as the region of the UK, the specific trade or job role, the level of education and experience, and the size and type of the employer. For example, a larger construction company or a role in a high-demand trade may offer a higher starting salary.

What are the usual responsibilities for Construction roles?

The responsibilities of construction roles can vary depending on the specific job and level of seniority. However, some common responsibilities include:

  • Architects and designers are responsible for creating plans and designs for new buildings or renovations.
  • Project managers oversee the planning, budgeting, and coordination of construction projects.
  • Site managers supervise the day-to-day activities on construction sites, ensuring that work is carried out to the required standards and within budget and time constraints.
  • Tradespeople such as carpenters, electricians, and plumbers carry out specific tasks related to their area of expertise.
  • Health and safety advisors ensure that safety regulations are followed on construction sites.
  • Quantity surveyors manage and control costs related to construction projects.
  • Engineers provide technical advice and expertise on construction projects.
  • Environmental specialists and sustainability consultants ensure that construction projects are carried out in an environmentally responsible way.
  • In addition to these specific responsibilities, construction roles generally require strong communication skills, problem-solving abilities, attention to detail, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.
What skills do I need for a Construction career?

A successful career in construction requires a range of skills and abilities. Some of the key skills and qualities that are important for a career in construction include:

  • Technical skills: These vary depending on the specific role, but may include knowledge of tools and equipment, understanding of materials and building techniques, and the ability to read and interpret technical drawings.
  • Physical fitness: Construction work can be physically demanding, so it is important to be in good physical condition and able to work for extended periods of time in various weather conditions.
  • Attention to detail: A high level of accuracy and attention to detail is crucial for ensuring that construction work is completed to the required standard.
  • Communication skills: Effective communication with clients, colleagues, and other stakeholders is essential for ensuring that projects are completed on time and to the required specification.
  • Problem-solving skills: The ability to think critically and solve problems quickly is important for dealing with unexpected challenges that may arise during construction projects.
  • Teamwork: Construction projects often involve working as part of a team, so the ability to work collaboratively and contribute to a positive team dynamic is important.
  • Health and safety: Construction work can be hazardous, so a strong awareness of health and safety procedures and regulations is essential for ensuring the safety of oneself and others.
Who are the Construction employers in Manchester?

The construction sector of GC Skills engages with over 450 employers. These range from larger organisations with 250+ staff, to smaller employers with less than 5 employees.

We continue to work closely with large housing associations such as One Manchester and Trafford Housing trust, however all employers and learners are valued in equal measure.

Is Construction a good career?

Construction can be a great career for those who enjoy working with their hands and have an interest in building and creating things. The construction industry offers a wide range of job opportunities, from design and planning to hands-on work in various trades such as carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, and more. Additionally, the construction industry is constantly evolving, with new technologies and techniques being developed to improve safety, sustainability, and efficiency. This means that there are always opportunities for learning and professional development within the industry. With a growing demand for construction services, there is also a good level of job security and potential for advancement.

What is the typical career progression in Construction?

An apprenticeship in construction is a great way to start a career in the industry and can offer a clear path for career progression. Typically, an apprenticeship will begin with a period of on-the-job training, where the apprentice will work under the guidance of a more experienced tradesperson. This may involve learning the basics of a particular trade, such as carpentry, electrical work, or plumbing.

As the apprentice gains more experience and skills, they may take on more responsibility and work more independently. They may also take on more complex tasks and begin to work on larger projects.

Once the apprenticeship is complete, the apprentice may be offered a full-time job or continue to work as a self-employed tradesperson. From there, they may progress to a supervisory or management role, overseeing other workers or managing projects. Further training and education may also be available to help the individual continue to develop their skills and advance their career within the industry.