Explore a career in construction

Welcome to our construction zone, designed to introduce you to the various opportunities in the construction sector. We are discussing everything from why you should consider a career in construction to common misconceptions about the industry.

Training and employment programmes

Construction apprenticeships

As part of this year's National Apprenticeship Week celebrations, Work Ealing hosted an online webinar on careers in construction. You can watch a recording of it to get an insight into the construction industry and hear the experience of two apprentices, who also answered questions.

Watch the recording

Construction and employability programme

ConnecMe2 offers free construction and employability programmes to young people aged 16-24. The programme can help you:

  • Gain a qualification in health and safety in a construction environment.
  • Learn about the various trades and what it takes to get in the construction industry.
  • Prepare you for your CSCS green card test, which will be paid for.
  • Get employment ready.

To be eligible for the programme, you must be:

  • Aged 16-24.
  • Not in education, employment or training.
  • Able to show proof of ID and address.
Sign up

Get to know the industry better

Women into home building

A free three-week programme for women aged 18+ to prepare you to apply for trainee site management roles by Women in Construction, Home Builders Federation and nine leading construction employers:

  • An online training week
  • Two - week on-site work placement
  • One-to-one support, including travel and childcare expenses during the placement
  • Guaranteed interviews
Apply today!

What it’s like to work in construction

Construction is an evolving industry and with a diverse and skilled workforce. Find out why should choose a career in construction with news, events and stories from those that work in the industry.

Why choose construction

Construction industry myth

Find out more why many common perceptions about working in the sector don’t apply today – from what a construction job is really like, how it affects local communities and the environment to the benefits and career potential.

Read more

Fast-track your career in construction with a skills bootcamp

Are you aged 19 and over and looking to change sectors or progress in your career? Consider a skills bootcamp in construction, a free programme to help you build sector-specific skills with a guaranteed job interview at the end of the course. The duration of the programme is four weeks for unemployed people and one day a week over 12 weeks for those who are employed.

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The Regal London Real Estate Academy

A fully funded course by the charity Building Heroes for anyone, including veterans, military family members, reservists over 19 who wants to find employment in the construction industry - brickwork, plastering, plumbing, carpentry, joinery, tiling painting and decorating and general maintenance.

  • Learn new skills
  • Get new qualifications
  • Meet potential employers

Pre-employability programmes

The Skills Centre offers free construction pre-employability programmes for those on Universal Credit or earning below £17,000 per year.

Whether you have previously worked in the industry without a green labourer CSCS card or you have had one but need to renew it, choose from one or three-week programmes. Learn about health and safety and gain construction and sustainability knowledge to get into construction.

Join these programmes

Already working in construction?

Taking care of your mental health

You can call the construction industry helpline on 0345 605 1956 for practical, emotional and financial support for yourself or your family, when in crisis. It’s open 24 hours 7 days a week and it’s run by Lighthouse, the construction industry charity club.

You can also download the Construction industry helpline mobile app on the App store or Google Play. The app is free and provides vital information, advice and guidance on many wellbeing topics, including stress, anxiety, depression, anger and suicidal thoughts.

Get help

Connecting you to construction jobs

HS2 jobs 

Explore jobs at HS2, Britain's new high speed railway under construction, linking up London, the Midlands, the North and Scotland serving over 25 stations.

HS2 Jobs Platform

Construction opportunities

Keep an eye on the vacancies and apprenticeships on our website, including those in construction. Sign up for emails to hear when opportunities come.