Given the sheer number of different sectors and specialities that fall under the umbrella of construction, trying to form an idea of which route is potentially right for you can be a daunting task. 

However, this also means the industry is suitable for all kinds of experiences and backgrounds, and its combination of high demand for workers and great career progression opportunities make it an incredibly unique prospect. 

What makes the construction industry such an appealing career path?

Not many industries offer as much diversity in the types of work available — from the physical, hands-on nature of site work and the highly-specialised knowledge of a commercial gas engineer right through to management-level office jobs responsible for overseeing the finances of multiple operations. 

Skills shortages continue to be one of the biggest challenges facing construction bosses, meaning demand for talent remains high. A recent survey carried out by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors found that being unable to hire suitable talent had become an issue for two thirds of people, leaving those who do possess these sought-after skills in a strong position. 

Demand for workers is so high, that construction roles also remain on the government’s Shortage Occupation List (SOL).

How do you know which sector is right for you?

There are a number of things to factor in when considering which profession is right for you. One of the first things you’ll want to consider is the training involved, how much it will cost and how long it will last. Different paths will require different levels of training and qualifications, so it’s always best to understand the commitment before you embark on your journey. 

Research the different kinds of work and progression opportunities a sector could lead to further down the line. There might be specialisms that you haven’t even considered, for example, a carpenter could use their experience to move into stage design. 

Ultimately, choosing a career in construction could come down to something as simple as wanting to turn something you enjoy doing into a long-term job. For instance, you might have always had a knack for art, so a career in painting and decorating could be a fulfilling option. Perhaps you’re passionate about the environment and would like to focus on sustainable construction or you’re good with people and would do well in a customer service role. 

While you don’t need to have your full career path mapped out by any means when you first begin your training, it’s useful to have a rough idea of what you want to be working towards, as you may be able to invest in a package of learning that could make your training significantly more cost-effective. 

Where do I get started?

There are a few ways to begin a career in construction, each with different sets of unique benefits. One of the most efficient ways to get off to the best possible start is with a reputable, accredited training provider.

Whether you’re going from complete beginner, looking to upskill or need a refresher, Able Skills offers expert-led training covering all the major construction sectors, many of which can be undertaken on a flexible basis to make them as inclusive as possible.