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Construction & Property

Activity in this area is expected to grow in the next few years. There is increasing demand for ‘sustainable’ construction skills linking to a greener society and use of new technologies of materials, so different roles will emerge within the sector.

Types of Job

Nation Average Salary: £44,883
Nation Average Salary: £23,766
Nation Average Salary: £31,453
Civil engineer
Nation Average Salary: £42,788
Chartered surveyor
Nation Average Salary: £42,044
Nation Average Salary: £28,756

Are you building for your future?
Do you want to develop a skilled trade?

Construction apprenticeships are well-established in the region and are a good way of getting a high quality job with higher than average earnings and chance to progress. Recent data suggests more employers are interested in employing apprentices in this sector, but there are many very small companies who sometimes find it difficult to employ an apprentice.

Construction industries suffered in the recent recession, but many large scale construction projects (such as the new High Speed Rail College in Doncaster and the new IKEA store in Sheffield), mean that the sector is currently growing.

This work sector has a wide number of different apprenticeship opportunities and levels, depending on where your interests lie. The apprenticeship areas covered by Construction and Property include; Bricklaying, Plastering, Plumbing, Joinery and Painting and Decorating, plus Construction and the Built Environment.

Within a ‘trades’ based apprenticeship you will learn the skills to become your chosen profession. Most of these apprenticeships are available at Levels 2 and 3. If you are studying Construction and the Built Environment, you will be learning about sustainable construction and use of materials. Any building we create needs to be sustainable and use as little energy as possible.

Increasingly there will be opportunities to progress beyond Level 3 apprenticeships within the Construction sector. Construction is one of the first work areas where an accredited higher and degree apprenticeship at SHU is under development. This is a partnership between a university and employers.

Regional Facts

This sector is expanding locally; £1.4 billion of new infrastructure projects are planned for the region. The construction sector employs around 37,000 people (based in Sheffield and Doncaster*) in a huge variety of roles from labouring to electricians to architects.
*CITB June 2016

Most employers are small (employing less than 10 people) and it is an industry with many opportunities to be self-employed.

It is anticipated that the expansion in the sector will create more opportunities within skilled trades and higher level occupations.

New roles involving green technology, use of new materials and environmental specialisms will also emerge.

Career Facts


  • Practical and technical
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Team Working
  • Communication
  • Safety aware
  • Able to work at heights
  • Able to read drawings
  • Accurate measurement

Useful subjects include:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Design
  • Physics
  • ICT


You have to be employed in order to do a higher or degree apprenticeship. If you are not employed for at least 30 hours a week you need to apply directly to an employer who is offering a higher or degree apprenticeship as part of their training programme.

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Some local employers