What's Construction like?

The construction industry offers a broad range of opportunities to all. Whether you’re working on site or behind a drawing board, in construction you'll shape and build the world.

Construction covers a huge range of jobs, such as:

  • building services engineer
  • building surveyor
  • site manager
  • stonemason
  • carpenter
  • civil engineer

The industry’s workforce is ageing and there is demand to fill the skills gap.

If you’re a practical thinker with a knack for technical processes, this industry could be your perfect match.

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a Foundation Apprenticeship in Construction at either SCQF Level 4 or 5. That's the same level of learning as a National 4 or National 5.

This includes:

  • National Progression Award in Construction Skills at SCQF Level 4 or 5
  • Work Based Challenge Unit at SCQF Level 4 or 5

What will I learn?

Your National Progression award will cover a variety of units and may include:

  • built environment
  • 3D modelling
  • carpentry and bench joinery
  • painting and decorating

You'll use the skills and knowledge you develop to complete the work-based challenge unit. You'll:

  • work closely with an employer
  • deliver your project to a real-life client
  • get an understanding of the construction sector

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop meta-skills. Employers value these skills, which include:

  • self-management
  • social intelligence
  • innovation

You'll need these transferable skills for working in a range of other related jobs.

Where could it take me?

Your Foundation Apprenticeship gives you lots of options, including:

  • Modern Apprenticeship: When you complete your Foundation Apprenticeship, you can move to a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 or 6.

  • further education: Continue your studies at college with a related subject. Your work-based learning will support your college application.

  • straight to a job: By developing your technical and meta-skills, and your understanding of industry, you'll have the skills employers want. 

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How will it work?

You'll complete your Foundation Apprenticeship at school, alongside your other subjects. You'll learn with a provider, such as a college, and work with an employer on a practical project. It'll give your career a head-start and look great on your CV.

How can I apply?

If you're in S3 to S6, you can do a Foundation Apprenticeship.

Want to do a Foundation Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 4 or 5, like this one? Speak to your guidance teacher or careers adviser to see what's available in your school.