The greatest buildings throughout history were created by people who were passionate about construction. If you want to help build something that lasts, then an apprenticeship in construction could be what you’re looking for. Learn how to work with materials like timber and be part of an industry that is shaping the future of Scotland.   

This construction apprenticeship is ideal for practical people. You’ll have the chance to create something from the ground up. Whether it’s painting, stonemasonry or bricklaying, you can develop your building skills.  

In terms of jobs, Scotland’s construction industry has plenty of opportunities. The specialist engineer skills you develop will come in handy for your job search.  Become a bricklayer and help to develop a new hospital or school. Learn how to work with stone and create artistic statues as a sculptor. 

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a qualification at SCQF level 5 or level 6 in construction.    

For SCQF level 5 you’ll study one of the following topics:  

  • Roofing Occupations 
  • Wood Occupations: Timber Frame Erection  

For SCQF level 6 you’ll study either:   

  • Trowel Occupations (Construction) 
  • Wood Occupations (Construction): Carpentry and Joinery  
  • Floorcovering Occupations (Construction) 
  • Decorative Finishes (Construction): Painter and Decorator  
  • Plastering (Construction) 
  • Roofing Occupations (Construction) 
  • Stonemasonry (Construction) 
  • Wall and Floor Tiling (Construction) 
  • Wood machinery (Construction/Sawmilling Extrusion)  

Both qualifications involve work experience.   

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

To achieve your qualification, you’ll be assessed on your work. You’ll learn how to:  

  • work with different materials like timber and stone  
  • carry out best safety practices  
  • work with various building tools 
  • create lasting relationships with co-workers 
  • construct and decorate structures   

You’ll also develop core skills that can help you find a construction role, including  

  • communication 
  • working with others 
  • problem-solving 
  • time management  

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other jobs such as painter or construction supervisor.  

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you plenty of optionsCarry on your studies with a relevant construction qualification or go into full-time work.   

Further education: Continue your education by studying for a construction degree at university. Your experience will support your application.   

Straight to work: Use your qualifications to find a job in construction. These could include   

  • interior designer 
  • carpenter 
  • bricklayer 
  • construction supervisor 
  • surveyor 
  • builder
  • construction site worker  
  • site inspection  

Entry requirements

Although there are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship, it’s good to have an interest in the construction industry.  


This Modern Apprenticeship will take 12-24 months to complete.  

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