How to Develop your Learning for a Career in Construction

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The construction industry is beginning to see an increase in job opportunities as the sector begins its journey looking to catch up on projects that have been affected as a result of the pandemic.

Learning at Work Week 2021 takes place from 17th to 23rd May 2021 and Plant Planet Careers take a look at forming career development opportunities in the construction industry.

Construction is one of the UK’s fastest growing industries and an exciting sector in which to build a career. In an industry that is continuously evolving at warp speed, it is a great idea to any new worker in the construction workforce to put learning and development at the forefront to aid you in future development. Here are just a few ways you can develop your skills this Learning at Work Week:

Elearning

E-learning is just one way to keep ahead and develop your skills for a career within the construction industry. eLearning and online education offer significant benefits for businesses in all industries, including construction. There are so many careers in building and construction. eLearning means you don’t have to just limit yourself to one course. You can learn a numerous amount of skills with many different courses available. All employees learn at a different pace and elearning offers flexibility to educate yourself at your own pace. By using eLearning facilities, you can have the theoretical knowledge in your head ready for application when on the actual site. Giving you an advantage and a chance to apply the knowledge you already know. Knowing this knowledge prior to being on site can make for an easier onboarding process when starting a new job.

Apprenticeships

Many of us are all too familiar with rejection when it comes down to not having the required amount of experience for the role. It can be increasingly frustrating and leaves you with the question how on earth do you get experience if no one will give you a chance? A great answer to this question is apprenticeships.

Apprentices will have the same opportunities as employees, earning a weekly wage and working alongside experienced staff. Giving great real-life work experience. There are so many types of construction apprenticeships available, and a construction apprenticeship allows you to gain first-hand experience of the industry all the while providing a place for you to build up your network of professional contacts. You never know when you might need to call on your network for advice or career opportunities.

Construction Skills Certification Scheme

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is a card certification scheme for any construction workers. The cards certify that the holder has achieved the appropriate training, experience, and qualifications for their work. To apply for a CSCS card you must prove you have the appropriate construction qualifications and training for the job you are looking to do. In most cases you must pass the appropriate CITB Health Safety and Environment Test within the previous two years. The type of test you need to pass will depend on the job you do and the type of card you are applying for.

Holding a CSCS card is not a legislative requirement however many contractors usually require that site workers hold a valid CSCS card to ensure that they have the correct knowledge to ensure jobs are carried out correctly and most importantly, safely.

There are over 2 million people are employed within the construction industry. Construction happens all over the globe and so the transferable skills you learn are highly sought after, developing your skills within this industry will provide you with a great number of opportunities. 

Check out the Plant Planet Careers hub for both employers and employees with job postings within the construction industry and more