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Construction is such a big industry, both the types of jobs and the skills and experience required by employers vary widely. Just think of the different types of projects such as the building of houses, schools and hospitals.

Skilled workers can find jobs ranging from helping to construct roads and new buildings to renovation of existing buildings to incorporate new technologies. There is also the opportunity to progress into a professional level job such as a surveyor or architect.

Construction courses at Stoke on Trent College will give you the real education you need to make a success in the industry. Importantly, our John Seddon Building Technology Centre is amongst the best of its type in the UK, offering industry standard training in the qualifications that employers look for. Furthermore, our two ‘Nu Build’ off-site manufactured houses form a regional centre of excellence for eco-friendly practices, and are the only buildings of their type available for training in the UK.

KEY FACTS ABOUT CONSTRUCTION

  • Millions of people employed in the industry
  • Large range of different jobs, projects and careers
  • Potential to earn good money; an experienced bricklayer, carpenter, or painter and decorator can earn over £30,000 a year

POPULAR CAREER PROGRESSION:

  • Architect
  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter
  • Construction Manager
  • Floor Layer
  • Painter and Decorator
  • Plasterer
  • Surveyor
Craig Martin

Craig was named Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year in both 2008 and 2009. In 2010 he fought off nationwide competition to be named the Painting and Decorating Association’s Apprentice of the Year. Craig, who is in his third year of an Apprenticeship at Stoke on Trent College, in conjunction with Fenton-based J&S Seddon, said he started entering competitions to prove his commitment to his job. He attributes his success to being “a bit of a perfectionist”. Craig said, “If I don’t like something I keep doing it until I get it right. What I like about the job is the variety, travelling all over the country and meeting different people”.

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