Careers A-Z

Find the perfect career for you

There are hundreds of job roles in construction, from site work to office work or a combination of the two. Some of the many careers are listed in our careers A-Z, simply click on the letter of the career you are interested in to find out all about it.

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Architectural Technician

Architectural Technicians help prepare drawings, compile technical information such as surveys, and help put together proposals and contracts. Working in this role, you will be an integral supporting part of the design team.

Skills
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Team working
  • Negotiating
  • Numeracy
  • IT skills
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become an architectural technician, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Built Environment Design.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Architectural Technology or Construction and the Built Environment.

With experience you could work towards Technician (TCIAT) membership of CIAT.

Salary

Average salaries are in the region of £20,000 to £30,000.

Senior Architectural Technicians can earn in the region of £30,000 to £45,000.

Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.

Architectural Technologist

Architectural Technologists give technical support to architects and the design team; they look at the designs and use technology to see whether the building design is possible. They analyse drawings, look at the surrounding environment, the site itself, materials and processes and work with computer aided design software.

Skills
  • Technical
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Design skills
  • Problem solving
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become an architectural technician, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Built Environment Design.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Architectural Technology or Construction and the Built Environment.

With experience you could work towards Technician (TCIAT) membership of CIAT.

Salary

Starting salaries are usually between £18,000 and £24,000.

With experience this could rise to between £25,000 and £40,000 or more.

Architect

Architects advise on the construction, design and planning of structures that need to be built or restored. They are an important part of the design team and prepare drawings, inspect the building work that is taking place and meet regularly with clients to keep them updated on the project. They are usually hired at the start of the project and remain until completion.

Skills
  • Creativity

  • Communication

  • Team working

  • Negotiating

  • Numeracy

  • IT skills

  • Problem solving

  • Attention to detail

Qualifications

Qualifying to be an architect typically involves five years at university and completing a minimum of two years' practical experience.

To get on to a degree you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent, such as the Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma.

After completing your A Levels or BTEC you could progress onto a HND and then complete a top-up degree. A degree apprenticeship in architecture is currently being developed.

Salary

Graduate salaries start at £24,000 a year.

Experienced architects earn between £25,000 and £40,000 a year.

Experienced Chartered Architects can earn between £50,000 to £60,000 a year or more.

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Bench Joiner

Bench joiners tend to be based in workshops; they prepare a number of products before installation, such as doors, staircases and windows. Often they can create fitted furniture such as cupboards and wardrobes. Hours of work vary; typically they are Monday to Friday with overtime at weekends.

Skills
  • Accuracy
  • Ability to read technical drawings
  • Attention to detail
  • Team working
  • Physically fit
Qualifications

Bench Joinery is usually offered as an apprenticeship or a part-time course.

Good GCSEs are recommended, particularly in maths & English.

At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test or for the part-time course a relevant qualification.

Salary

Qualified bench joiners earn between £18,000 and £25,000 a year.

With experience, this can rise from £26,000 to over £30,000 a year.

Bricklayer

Bricklaying involves working on both commercial and private properties. Bricklayers use a range of materials including bricks and mortar and specialist tools such as trowels, chisels and bolsters. You need a head for heights and it involves working outdoors in all kinds of weather. Hours of work vary, typically are Monday to Friday with overtime at weekends.

Skills
  • Good with your hands
  • Attention to detail
  • Accuracy & proficiency
  • Ability to read plans
  • Organised
  • A good level of fitness
  • Team working
Qualifications

Bricklaying is available as a study programme, part-time and apprenticeship course.

Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations.

At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test.

Salary

A bricklaying labourer can earn up to £15,000 a year.

Qualified bricklayers can earn between £16,000 and £23,000 a year.

Experienced bricklayers, including instructors, can earn up to £30,000 a year.

Building Control Officer

Building Control Officers ensure that building regulations and other legislation are adhered to when buildings are designed and constructed. These regulations cover public health and safety, fire regulations and energy conservation. They also check that property alterations such as extensions meet regulations. They are often required before a project starts to offer advice and guidance. After the work has started they make regular site visits to ensure the plans are being carried out correctly.

Skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Organised
  • Communication
  • Negotiating
  • Attention to detail
  • Time management
  • Problem solving
  • IT skills
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a building control officer, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering; or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Built Environment Design or Civil Engineering.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering or Surveying etc.

Salary

Starting salaries can range from £21,000 to £26,000 a year.

Experienced officers can earn between £27,000 and £38,000.

Highly experienced officers can earn up to £50,000 a year.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) Manager

Building Information Modelling (BIM) describes the process of designing and delivering a building collaboratively using a coherent system of 3D computer models.

They act as the interface between designer, owner and facilities manager and as such enable successful collaborations between all team members. In addition to dealing with digital files and managing drawing production, the BIM manager defines the content required in the model to achieve long term client ambitions.

BIM roles are evolving to become an integral part of all construction projects.

Skills
  • IT skills
  • Technical skills
  • Good understanding of architecture and engineering processes
  • Communication
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a building information manager, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering; or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Built Environment Design or Civil Engineering.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering or Surveying etc.

Salary

Newly trained BIM managers can earn in the region of £20,000 to £30,000.

Trained with experience BIM managers can earn in the region of £30,000 to £50,000.

Senior, chartered or master BIM managers can earn in the region of £50,000 to £80,000.

Salaries typically range depending on location, level of responsibility and chartered status.

Building Services Engineer

Building Services Engineers are responsible for advising architects on the most cost-effective engineering services that a building requires, which must be environmentally friendly. These services include heating, lighting, ventilation, air-conditioning, electrical and water. Often a Building Services Engineer will specialise in one field, for example Mechanical Engineering which covers the air conditioning and heating etc.

Skills
  • Negotiating
  • Organisation
  • IT skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Budgetary
  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Maths and physics skills
  • Problem solving
  • The ability to analyse and interpret data
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a building services engineer, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Building Services; or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Built Environment Design or Building Services.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Building Services or other construction related subjects.

Salary

Starting salaries are between £20,000 and £24,000 a year.

Experienced engineers can earn between £25,000 and £35,000.

Senior engineers can earn up to £50,000 a year.

Building Site Inspector

You'll check building works done properly, and that workers are following health and safety rules. You'll regularly check work and compare it with project plans, measure and sample building materials to check their quality, find defects and suggest ways to fix them, keep in contact with contractors, engineers and surveyors, supervise workers and report to managers, architects and clients.

Skills
  • Organisation
  • Project management skills
  • Negotiating
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a building site inspector, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment, Building Services or Civil Engineering; or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Built Environment Design, Building Services or Civil Engineering.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Building Services, Civil Engineering or other construction related subjects.

Salary

Starting salaries are usually between £21,000 and £25,000.

With experience this could rise to £27,000 to £40,000.

Highly experienced inspectors can earn £60,000.

Building Surveyor

Building Surveyors are experienced in property, construction and work on new buildings and the aftercare of existing buildings, including design, maintenance, repair and refurbishment. In many cases it offers the chance to work on a variety of projects, from heritage restoration to multimillion pound structures. You will ensure that projects are completed on budget and on time, advise clients on the project specifications and prepare scheme designs including costs and a schedule of work.

Skills
  • Design
  • Planning
  • Interpersonal
  • Communication
  • CAD
  • Analytical
  • Problem solving
  • The ability to work to a high degree of accuracy
  • The ability to interpret data
  • Negotiation
  • Presentation skills
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a building surveyor, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Surveying & Property Maintenance

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Building Surveying or other related subjects.

Salary

Newly qualified surveyors earn between £18,000 and £26,000 a year.

Experienced surveyors earn between £26,000 and £40,000 a year

Senior staff with chartered status can earn from £50,000 to 70,000 a year. Partners and directors could earn more.

Building Technician

Building Technicians assist with essential building tasks such as building plans and designs, budget management, assessing building project progression and monitoring the quality of supplies.

Skills
  • IT skills
  • People skills
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Organisation
  • Attention to detail
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become building technician, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering; or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Built Environment Design or Civil Engineering.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering or Surveying etc.

Salary

Starting salaries are usually between £19,000 and £22,000. With experience this could rise to £25,000 to £30,000.

Senior, chartered or master building technicians can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000

Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.

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Carpenter & Joiner

Timber is an important part of any structure, and carpenters and joiners work together to prepare the wooden parts of a building such as floorboards, joists, roof trusses and window frames and then put them in place. Usually a joiner will work from plans to prepare the materials; the carpenter then puts them in position. Hours of work vary, typically are Monday to Friday with overtime at weekends.

Skills
  • Good with your hands
  • Attention to detail
  • Accuracy and proficiency
  • Mathematical skills
Qualifications

Carpentry & Joinery is available as a study programme, part-time course or an apprenticeship. Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations. At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test or for part-time courses a relevant qualification.

Salary

Salaries start from £15,000 to £18,000 with the potential to rise up to £25,000.

They can increase for supervisory roles or if you are self-employed.

Civil Engineer

Civil Engineers are important to the infrastructure of society; they design, plan and construct roads, bridges, pipelines and buildings. They have an excellent grasp of maths, science and technology and make use of the best resources and techniques. Often the work is split into 3 sectors, Highways & Transport, Coastal & Marine and Water Engineers.

Skills
  • Creative
  • Innovative
  • Analytical
  • Critical thinking
  • Interpersonal
  • Communication
  • Excellent maths, science, and IT skills
  • The ability to explain design ideas clearly
  • The ability to analyse large amounts of data
  • Project management skills
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a civil engineer, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering; or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering or other related subjects.

These qualifications can give you the academic base to become professionally qualified as an engineer or engineering technician with letters after your name.

Salary

Starting salaries are around £20,000 to £24,000.

Experienced engineers earn between £25,000 and £40,000 a year.

Senior Chartered Engineers can earn between £50,000 and £80,000 a year.

Civil Engineering Technician

Civil Engineering Technicians are the technical brains behind many building sites, providing support to civil engineers in the design, construction and management of a variety of projects. Civil engineering technicians use advanced science to solve many of the problems they encounter, finding clever ways to tackle challenges such as how to reduce pollution or protect structures from wild weather.

Skills
  • Practical knowledge
  • IT skills
  • Ability to follow plans and measurements
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving
  • Forecasting
  • Communication
  • Team working
  • Willingness to learn
  • Maths and Science skills
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a Civil Engineering Technician, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering; or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering or other related subjects.

These qualifications can give you the academic base to become professionally qualified as an engineer or engineering technician with letters after your name.

Salary

Average salaries are in the region of £14,000 to £38,000.

Senior technicians can earn £37,000 to £45,000. Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. 

Construction Contracts Manager

As a Construction Contracts Manager you might be responsible for a large contract or several smaller ones. You’ll be the main point of contact for clients, site managers and building contractors. Your day-to-day duties might include putting together plans and estimates, including budgets and timescales, supplying information to resolve any disputes, identifying areas for improvement and overseeing health and safety. You’ll work closely with other professionals, like construction managers, quantity surveyors and planning engineers. 

Skills
  • The ability to manage multiple projects
  • Strong maths and IT skills
  • Budgeting
  • Problem solving
  • Excellent communication
  • Presentation and negotiation skills
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a Construction Contracts Manager, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Construction Contracting Operations.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Surveying or other related subjects.

You may be able to move into the construction sector if you’ve project management experience from another industry. You could also start out as a contracts assistant or administrator with a construction company and work your way up.

Salary

Starting salaries are usually between £25,000 and £31,000.

With experience this could rise to £31,000 to £46,000.

Highly experienced contracts managers can earn in the region of £46,000 to £57,000.

The job often comes with a car allowance and other additional benefits.

Construction Manager

The Construction Manager is one of the most senior people on a building site and pretty much everything is their responsibility. Any building, from a skyscraper to a new building estate, a factory or even just a small project, needs someone to ensure that from start to finish it is done within a specific timeframe and to budget. The construction manager is responsible for the practical side of managing and planning every stage of the build. They make sure the tradespeople and other construction workers are sticking to a joined-up plan and everything is kept moving along. Construction managers can be in charge of a whole site or a big part of a large-scale project.

Skills
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Team working
  • Accuracy
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership skills
  • The ability to motivate a team
  • Decision-making skills
  • Organisational and planning skills
  • Maths and IT skills
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a Construction Manager, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Construction Contracting Operations.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment or other related subjects.

Salary

Starting salaries are usually between £27,000 and £33,000.

With experience this could rise to £35,000 to £50,000.

Highly experienced can earn in the region of £70,000 or more (senior or chartered managers).

Construction Site Supervisor

Some of the main responsibilities of a Construction Site Supervisor can include supervising workers and subcontractors, helping project managers to plan work, checking work is carried out safely, completing records for site reports and attending site management meetings.

Skills
  • Management
  • Communication
  • IT skills
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a Construction Site Supervisor, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Construction Contracting Operations or Civil Engineering

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering or other related subjects.

Salary

Starting salaries are usually between £28,000 and £35,000.

With experience this could rise to £35,000 to £40,000.

Highly experienced supervisors can earn in the region of £40,000 or more.

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Electrician

Electricians fit, test and repair electrical installations found in homes and businesses. This could include fitting consumer units and circuit breakers, connecting wiring to sockets, switches and light fittings and installing fire alarms.

Skills
  • Good with your hands
  • Methodical
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical
  • Practical
  • The ability to follow technical drawings
  • Building plans and wiring diagrams
  • The ability to work carefully
  • Planning and organisational skills
Qualifications

It is recommended that you have good GCSEs, particularly in maths and science.

At Leeds College of Building we offer a 1 year study programme and part-time course and also an apprenticeship in electrotechnical technology. If you take the 1 year option you will then need to move onto an apprenticeship. To become a qualified electrician you have to complete an advanced apprenticeship or be working in the industry to complete your NVQ.

Salary

Electricians can earn between £18,000 and £35,000 a year depending on experience.

Highly experienced electricians can earn up to £42,000.

You could get bonuses and overtime pay. There are national rates for travelling time, travel expenses and accommodation costs.

Environmental Engineer

Environmental engineering is the branch of engineering that focuses on protecting the environment by reducing waste and pollution.

An Environmental Engineer optimises the use of natural resources, helping to develop renewable energy sources and maximise the use of existing materials.

Skills
  • IT skills
  • Willingness to learn
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Team working
  • Mathematical knowledge
  • Report writing
  • Organisation
  • Problem solving
  • Ability to interpret data
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become an Environmental Engineer, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering, or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering or other related subjects.

Salary

Newly trained environmental engineers can earn in the region of £17,000 and £25,000 per year.

Trained with experience environmental engineers can earn in the region of £25,000 and £55,000. 

Senior, chartered or master environmental engineers can earn up to £90,000. 

Estimator

Estimators, sometimes called Building Technicians are involved in drafting plans and calculating the total cost of a project. They estimate costs for materials, labour and plant, negotiate deals with suppliers, check the quality of materials and have regular progress meetings with colleagues, clients and architects. Time is split between office and site and they usually work normal office hours.

Skills
  • Reliable
  • Accuracy and proficiency
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Problem solving
  • Knowledgeable about building techniques
  • Excellent Maths and IT skills
  • Project management skills
  • Business skills
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become an Estimator, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering; or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Built Environment Design or Civil Engineering.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering or Surveying etc.

Salary

Starting salaries are usually between £15,000 and £25,000 a year.

Experienced estimators can earn between £25,000 and £40,000 a year.

Highly experienced estimators can earn between £40,000 and £60,000.

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Facilities Manager

Facilities Managers are responsible for a building when the construction work has been completed. It includes the management and administration of schools, hospitals, offices and sporting venues so that a safe and efficient working environment is provided. They are on hand to ensure a building is working functionally, such as general maintenance and security.

Skills
  • Organised
  • Reliable
  • Excellent problem solver
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Multi-tasking
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Budgeting skills
  • Customer and client management skills
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a Facilities Manager, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Facilities Management or Facilities Services.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment or Facilities Management, or the BIFM Level 4 & 5 Diplomas in Facilities Management.

Salary

Facilities managers can earn from £26,000 to £45,000 a year.

Senior or regional facilities managers can earn up to £60,000 a year or more.

Furniture Maker

You'll work mainly with wood but you'll also use metals, plastics and other materials. Your day-to-day tasks could include working from technical drawings, cutting and shaping materials with hand and machine tools, creating designs for furniture on paper and on a computer, talking to customers about designs and agreeing prices and restoring and finishing products.

Skills
  • Practical skills
  • The ability to understand and produce technical drawings
  • Maths skills
Qualifications

Furniture Manufacture is available as a part-time course or an apprenticeship. Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations. At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test or for part-time courses a relevant qualification.

Salary

Starting salaries are usually between £14,000 and £17,000.

With experience this could rise to between £18,000 and £25,000.

Highly experienced furniture makers can earn in the region of £30,000.

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Gas Engineer

Gas Engineers specialise in the installation and repair of gas appliances including central heating boilers and systems, cookers, fires and water heaters. The work is safety critical and you will need to learn how to implement statutory requirements such as the gas safety regulations.

Skills
  • Practical skills
  • Ability to learn and apply technical information
  • Ability to follow technical drawings
  • Willing to work in confined spaces
  • Normal colour vision
Qualifications

At Leeds College of Building we offer a gas apprenticeship which will take 3 years to complete. If you are an experienced plumber and you can get work experience with a qualified gas engineer you can complete a foundation gas course and the ACS Domestic or ACS Commercial Initial Core Gas Safety course.

Salary

Apprenticeship salaries are around £15,000 a year.

Qualified Gas Engineers can earn between £25,000 and £30,000 a year.

General Construction Operative

General Construction Operatives have a wide range of skills and can be involved in a number of tasks, such as, concrete, drainage and timber. If you enjoy a varied job role and like to work both indoors and outdoors and have a head for heights then you will be well suited to this role. Hours of work vary, typically Monday to Friday with overtime at weekends.

Skills
  • Good with your hands
  • Attention to detail
  • Physically fit
Qualifications

General Construction Operations is available as an apprenticeship course. Good GCSEs are recommended. At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test.

Salary

Salaries start from £11,000 to £15,000, potential to rise up to £20,000.

This can increase for supervisory roles or if you are self-employed.

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Heating & Ventilation Engineer

Heating & Ventilation (Industrial & Commercial) Engineers

Heating & ventilation engineers design, install and commission large heating and air conditioning systems in buildings including offices, hospitals, schools, shopping centres and leisure complexes in order to provide a comfortable environment for those who use the buildings.

Heating & Ventilation (Service & Maintenance) Engineers

Service & maintenance engineers monitor, repair and maintain all of the building services equipment, heating, ventilation, lighting, air conditioning and refrigeration systems in occupied buildings such as offices, schools, hospitals, factories or shops.

Skills
  • Practical skills
  • Ability to learn and apply technical information
  • Ability to follow technical drawings
  • Willing to work in confined spaces
  • Normal colour vision
  • The ability to take accurate measurements
  • Written and spoken communication skills
  • Problem solving
Qualifications

At Leeds College of Building we offer apprenticeships or part-time courses in Heating & Ventilations. You will need to complete the apprenticeship or NVQ and be working with a qualified heating and ventilation engineer.

Salary

Trainees can expect to earn from around £10,500 to £15,000 a year.

A newly qualified installer may earn between £18,000 and £23,000.

Experienced engineers could earn from £25,000 to £34,000 a year, highly experienced can earn up to £35,000 or more.

You could earn more with bonuses and overtime. National set rates cover your travelling time, travel expenses and accommodation costs.

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Joiner

Joiners work with wood to create staircases, windows and doors, furniture, kitchens, cupboards and interior woodwork.

Joiners work mostly in workshops or factories but can go out to fit on site, such as a staircase or cupboards into a house. Joiners have varied and creative careers. They make items that are practical or beautiful – or both – for our homes, workplaces and public places.

Skills
  • Creative
  • Communication skills
  • Practical skills
  • Attention to detail
Qualifications

Joinery is available as a study programme, part-time course or an apprenticeship. Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations. At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test or for part-time courses a relevant qualification.

Salary

Average salaries are in the region of £14,000 to £30,000 depending on location/employer.

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Land Surveyor

Land Surveyors are commonly known as Geomatic Surveyors, they collect measurements and data to identify specific features of a landscape for construction and civil engineering projects. This data is used within the planning and construction process, to create site plans and produce reports. These then inform the positioning of installations such as road, tunnel and bridge building projects, land redevelopment or mining and quarrying. Land surveyors typically work between 35 and 40 hours a week, early starts, late finishes and weekend work may also be required.

Skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving
  • Excellent science, maths and engineering skills
  • The ability to analyse and interpret graphical data
  • Excellent communication
  • Negotiation and presentation skills
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a land surveyor, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering; or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering or Surveying.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Surveying or other related subjects.

Salary

Starting salaries are usually between £20,000 and £25,000.

With experience this could rise to between £30,000 and £50,000.

Highly experienced land surveyors can earn in the region of £70,000.

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Painter & Decorator

Painters & Decorators use a wide range of paints, varnishes, wallpapers and other coverings to protect and enhance indoor and outdoor surfaces. They can work on domestic houses, commercial properties, hospitals and schools, large structures like bridges and heritage sites. Hours of work vary, typically Monday to Friday with overtime at weekends and possibly overnight when working on commercial jobs.

Skills
  • Practical
  • Creative
  • Attention to detail
  • Numeracy skills
  • Comfortable working at heights
  • Physically fit
  • Number skills to work out surface areas and quantities
  • The ability to follow job instructions
Qualifications

Painting & Decorating is available as a study programme, part-time and apprenticeship course. Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations. 

At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test or for part-time courses a relevant qualification.

Salary

Starting salaries can be between £15,000 and £17,000 a year.

Average salaries for qualified painters and decorators are between £17,500 and £23,000 a year.

Decorators with supervisor duties or specialist skills can earn between £25,000 and £30,000 a year.

Planning & Development Surveyor

Your work may involve regenerating run-down estates, re-developing former industrial ('brownfield') sites and property conservation in rural and urban areas.

Your day-to-day duties may include researching market data, like land and property records, analysing figures using computer software, raising finances from funding bodies, investment companies and development agencies and working out the likely economic, social and environmental impact of a development.

Skills
  • Excellent communication
  • Negotiation and presentation skills
  • STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • Research and IT skills
  • Budget awareness and financial skills
  • Networking skills
  • Report writing skills
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a Planning & Development Surveyor, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering; or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering or Surveying Property & Maintenance or Construction Contracting Operations.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering or Surveying etc.

Salary

Starting salaries are usually between £21,000 and £26,000.

With experience this could rise to between £27,000 and £42,000.

Highly experienced planning & development surveyors can earn in the region of £60,000 (senior).

Plasterer

There are two different types of plasterer roles, solid plasterers and fibrous plasterers. Solid plastering involves applying wet plaster to walls and ceilings to form a flat, smooth surface ready for decorating. Fibrous plastering is a specialist job that involves making or repairing decorative plaster mouldings, such as cornices using plaster reinforced with fibre. Hours of work vary, typically Monday to Friday with overtime at weekends or evenings.

Skills
  • Practical skills
  • Ability to work efficiently
  • Attention to detail
  • Physically fit and strong
  • Able to work out surface area measurements and volumes of materials
  • Creative skills for fibrous plastering and other decorative work
Qualifications

Plastering is available as a study programme, part-time and apprenticeship course. Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations. 

At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test or for part-time courses a relevant qualification.

Salary

Starting salaries can be between £14,000 and £17,000 a year.

Qualified plasterers can earn from £17,500 to £35,000 or more.

Plumber

Plumbers have a highly varied role, it can include installing, servicing and repairing sanitation, heating and hot and cold water systems in buildings. You will fit pipework to baths, showers, toilets, radiators and central heating boilers. You will carry out installations of central heating and sanitary systems. You may also carry out emergency repair work. Hours of work vary, typically are Monday to Friday with overtime at weekends and possibly overnight. They work both indoors and outdoors.

Skills
  • Practical skills
  • Methodical
  • Ability to follow technical drawings
  • Attention to detail
  • Comfortable working at heights
  • Numeracy skills
  • Customer service
Qualifications

Plumbing is available as a study programme, part-time or apprenticeship course. Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations. 

At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test or for part-time courses a relevant qualification.

Salary

Starting salaries for newly qualified plumbers can be between £18,000 and £22,000 a year.

Experienced plumbers can earn between £22,000 and £35,000 a year.

Highly experienced plumbers can earn up to £40,000 or more. Self-employed plumbers set their own rates.

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Quantity Surveyor

A Quantity Surveyor may work for either the client or the contractor, working in an office or on-site. They are involved in a project from the start and prepare estimates for materials and work. They manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, and seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money.

Skills
  • Reliable
  • Accurate
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Knowledgeable about building techniques
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Budgeting skills
  • Excellent IT and maths skills
  • Organisational and planning skills
  • Negotiation and leadership skills
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a Quantity Surveyor, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Surveying Property & Maintenance or Construction Contracting Operations.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment or Surveying.

Salary

Salaries can be between £18,000 and £25,000 per year.

With experience this can rise to between £25,000 and £50,000. 

Senior chartered surveyors can earn between £50,000 and £80,000 per year.

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Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Installer

Refrigeration & Air-conditioning installers are responsible for the installation, service and repair of systems controlling temperature and air quality. This can cover a range of buildings including offices, supermarkets, schools, hospitals and factories as well as transport such as refrigerated Lorries.

You'll install, service and repair temperature and air quality control systems in office buildings, supermarkets, schools, hospitals and factories. You could also work on refrigerated transport.

Skills
  • Good practical skills
  • The ability to follow technical instructions
  • An understanding of safe working practices for the industry
Qualifications

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning is available as a part-time course or an apprenticeship.

Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations. 

At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test or for part-time courses a relevant qualification. You will need to complete the apprenticeship or NVQ and be working with a qualified engineer.

Salary

Starting salaries are usually between £20,000 and £25,000.

With experience this could rise to between £26,000 and £32,000.

Highly experienced installers can earn up to £35,000.

You may get bonuses and overtime pay. There are national set rates that cover your travelling time, travel expenses and accommodation costs.

Roof Slater & Tiler

Roofers build, maintain and repair roofs on properties such as residential houses, commercial buildings, sports stadiums and industrial units. They work mainly on flat or pitched (sloped) roofs, using many different roofing materials including tiles, slates, felt and corrugated sheeting. Hours of work vary, typically Monday to Friday but this can vary depending on the time of year.

Skills
  • Practical skills
  • Ability to follow technical drawings and building plans
  • Physically fit
  • Comfortable working at heights
  • Good maths skills to work out areas, quantities and prices
Qualifications

Roof Slating & Tiling is available as an apprenticeship course. Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations. At Leeds College of Building you will be required to pass an assessment. You must have achieved the Level 2 NVQ Diploma to commence the Level 3 NVQ Diploma.

Salary

A roofing labourer can earn from £13,000 to £15,000 a year, once qualified this can rise to between £16,000 and £24,000.

Experienced roofers can earn up to £32,000 a year.

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Shopfitter

Shopfitters make and install the fixtures and fittings in everything from offices and restaurants to shops and bars. They also build and refurbish shop fronts and doorways. They work closely with other tradespeople such as tilers, electricians and plumbers.

Skills
  • Practical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • A willingness to travel
  • Maths skills
  • The ability to follow technical drawings, plans and written or spoken instructions
  • Draughting and IT skills
Qualifications

Shopfitting is offered as an apprenticeship at Leeds College of Building. You will combine working on site with time in college. Good GCSEs are recommended for calculations and measurements. At Leeds College of Building entry is via an assessment.

Salary

Starting salaries can range from £13,500 to £16,000 a year.

Experienced shopfitters can earn between £17,000 and £22,000 a year.

With supervisory responsibilities this could rise to around £30,000 a year.

Site Carpenter

You’ll work as an employee or a self-employed contractor for large and small construction companies. You may work on a construction site, a client’s premises, or in your own workshop.

Day-to-day tasks could include making and fitting wooden structures like staircases, door frames, roof timbers and partition walls, installing kitchens, cupboards and shelving, making and fitting interiors in shops, bars, restaurants, offices and public buildings.

Skills
  • Ability to follow technical drawings and plans
  • Maths skills to calculate quantities and angles
  • The ability to pay close attention to detail and make accurate measurements
Qualifications

Site Carpentry is available as a part-time course or an apprenticeship. Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations. At Leeds College of Building entry is via a basic skills test or for part-time courses a relevant qualification.

Salary

Starting salaries are usually between £16,000 and £24,000.

With experience this could rise to £25,000 to £40,000.

Overtime and extra shift pay may increase your income. Self-employed carpenters and joiners set their own rates.

Site Manager

Site Managers run the workforce on a building site. Site managers in the construction industry (often referred to as construction managers, site agents or building managers), are responsible for day to day running of a construction project.

They are employed to prepare sites prior to the start of construction work (to set out the site and organise facilities), to plan projects and ensure that they meet agreed specifications, budgets and timescales and to oversee building work.

Skills
  • Multi-tasking
  • People skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Management skills 
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a Site Manager, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Construction Contracting Operations or Civil Engineering

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment or other related subjects.

Salary

Assistant/trainee construction jobs in site management can earn in the region of £22,000 to £43,000.

Trained with experience site managers can earn in the region of £34,000 - £55,000.

Senior or chartered site managers can earn in the region of £40,000 - £65,000.

Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.

Structural Engineer

Structural Engineers design structures such as sports venues, houses, hospitals and office blocks. They ensure buildings are designed to withstand pressures such as human usage and weather, so that they don’t collapse, vibrate or bend. They have excellent knowledge of materials to ensure they select the appropriate materials for each project. They work alongside the architects and advise contractors when the building work has started.

Skills
  • Analytical
  • Problem solving
  • Mathematical
  • Good grasp of physics
  • Communication
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent skills in maths, IT and science
  • Creativity
  • Project management skills
  • The ability to manage a budget
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a Structural Engineer, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering other related subjects.

Salary

Starting salary is usually around £22,000 (graduate).

With experience this could rise to £24,000 to £40,000.

Highly experienced can earn around £50,000 (chartered engineer).

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Town Planner

A Town Planner manages the development of cities, towns and countryside. They make sure that the natural environment works well with the built environment to create sustainable communities.

Town Planners can cover anything from transport, waste and environmental planning to urban design, regeneration and policy development. They look at things like the re-use of buildings, creating street improvements and managing traffic. They also take into account the local economy, renewable energy, climate change and the historic environment.

Skills
  • IT skills
  • Research
  • Reviewing
  • Writing reports
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical
  • Relationship building
  • Communication skills
  • Excellent negotiation and presentation skills
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent research and report writing skills
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a Town Planner, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment or Town Planning.

Salary

Assistant Planners can earn in the region of £15,000 - £32,000

Trained with experience town planners can earn in the region of £18,000 and £40,000.

Highly experienced town planners can earn in the region of £55,000 to £80,000.

Principal Planners can earn more and have increased career options. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.

Transport Planner

You’ll look at the impact of large and small scale transport issues on the public. This could be a village bypass proposal, or road safety measures outside a school. You’ll plan and advise on transport policies for new systems and on improvements to existing ones.
Your day-to-day duties could include simulating transport problems using computer models to work out solutions, forecasting the impact of new developments like shopping centres, looking at schemes to manage traffic, like congestion charging or parking controls and studying accident 'black spots' to design road safety improvements. You’ll also encourage people to use their cars less and walk, cycle or use public transport. 

Skills
  • A creative approach to problem solving
  • Project management skills
  • Report writing and presentation skills
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
Qualifications

There are a number of ways you can become a Transport Planner, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Transport Planning.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Transport Planning or relevant subject.

Salary

Starting salaries are usually between £22,000 and £25,000.

With experience this could rise to between £30,000 and £40,000.

Highly experienced transport planners can earn in the region of £40,000 to £50,000. You may earn more working as a freelance consultant.

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Wall & Floor Tiler

Wall & Floor tilers fix tiles on the walls and lay tiles on the floors of buildings including hospitals, shopping centres, swimming pools, industrial premises or bathrooms & kitchens. Tilers usually work with ceramic or porcelain and natural products including marble, granite, slate and terracotta. They also follow plans drawn up by an architect, builder or designer.

Skills
  • Practical skills
  • Methodical
  • Attention to detail
  • Creative
  • The ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • The ability to follow design plans
  • Maths skills for calculating costs and quantities of materials
  • Customer service
  • The ability to keep paperwork and accounts up-to-date, if self-employed
Qualifications

Wall & Floor Tiling is available as a study programme, part-time or apprenticeship course. Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations. At Leeds College of Building entry is via an assessment or for part-time courses a relevant qualification.

Salary

Trainee tilers' earnings vary but can be up to £17,000 a year.

Qualified tilers can earn between £20,000 and £30,000.

Experienced tilers with supervisory or training duties can earn between £30,000 and £38,000.

Welder

You’ll work with metals and alloys, and cut and join composite materials, such as plastics, using specialist welding methods. You'll need an understanding of safe working practices.

Your day-to-day tasks may include following engineering instructions and drawings, inspecting and testing cuts and joins, using precision measuring instruments and operating the semi-automatic spot-welding equipment used in high volume production lines.

You'll usually work in the construction and engineering, transport, aerospace and offshore oil and gas industries.

Skills
  • To understand technical plans
  • To be able to concentrate for long periods
  • Maths and measuring skills
  • Technical skills like knowing how to choose the right welding method for the job
Qualifications

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship in plumbing or heating and ventilations. At Leeds College of Building we offer part-time courses in Welding, entry for these courses are through a basic skills test.

Salary

Starting salaries are usually between £16,000 and £19,000.

With experience this could rise to between £20,000 and £30,000.

Highly experienced welders can earn in the region of £35,000 or more.

Wood Machinist

Wood Machinists tend to be based in workshops, and prepare floorboards, staircases, window frames, skirting boards and door frames using different types of tools and machinery. Some of the machinery is operated by hand and others are controlled by computer. Wood Machinists hours may include shift work and you will work in a dusty and noisy environment.

Skills
  • Practical skills
  • Numeracy skills
  • Operating machines
  • The ability to follow detailed instructions
  • Good levels of concentration
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent maths skills to make calculations and take measurements
Qualifications

Wood Machining is available as an apprenticeship or part-time course. Good GCSEs are recommended for measurements and calculations. At Leeds College of Building entry is via an assessment or for part-time courses a relevant qualification.

Salary

Salaries range between £16,000 up to £28,000 a year.