How to Make a Start in the Construction Industry

The construction industry took a hit from the Covid-19 pandemic, but the nature of this industry is that it’s always necessary. There’s always another development going on, which means that there’s always work for construction workers. Even though the effects of the pandemic are still lingering in the UK, it looks like this industry is on the rise once more. So, whether you hope to start a career as a construction worker or to start a construction business, there are plenty of opportunities out there for you. You just need to know how to start. 

As with any career, you should be well trained before starting a career in construction. You have several options for training. Many people choose to take a college course, whether in construction skills, or specific trades like bricklaying, joinery, painting and decorating, or others. These could take the form of modules or full courses. It’s recommended to have a few GCSEs before you take on these courses, as some have specific requirements. Another option is to become an apprentice. Some people do this after completing their course, or instead of it. If you don’t think that a college course is the right track for you, then an apprenticeship will provide practical, on-site training that will help you find work. Even better, you can start developing relationships with construction firms earlier, and may even find yourself a job at the end of your apprenticeship. Apprenticeships also have certain requirements that you should look into first.

Applying For Jobs
Unlike some other industries, the aforementioned qualifications aren’t essential to apply for jobs. You can find a job as a labourer or a trainee. There are some benefits to this method, as you can develop your skills on the job and build relationships with other workers. However, it’s easier to find work if you have some on-site experience or the qualifications mentioned above. Many employers either prefer or require employees to have a valid Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card. This isn’t a legal requirement, but it proves that you’re well trained and qualified for the job. You should book a CSCS blue card if you qualify for it, as it can help you to find more work. These cards also ensure that construction sites are safer environments for workers. You do need to have the qualifications first, however, so this might be difficult if you started out as a labourer out of school. 

Starting Your Business
Many construction workers decide to strike out on their own as private contractors. This isn’t easy, but it can be very rewarding if you’re successful. One of the most important things to take care of is your reputation. Nowadays, news travels quickly and bad news seemingly spreads faster than anything. If you treat a customer poorly, then you can quickly develop a bad reputation and find it harder to find more customers. However, if you prove that you’re qualified, experienced, and a good worker, then your customers will repay you in kind.