If you like working with your hands and operating complex machinery, then a construction apprenticeship might just be for you. With construction, it is all about on the job learning, rather than working with theory.
There will be some form of paperwork involved in the apprenticeship, but on the whole, it is all about working on the construction site itself.
Types of Construction Apprenticeships
On the construction site, there is more than one type of apprenticeship that you could be doing because there is a lot going on. Therefore, you could have an apprenticeship in the following subjects:
- Bench joiner
- Craft Mason
- Wood Machinist
So, you have a lot of options for getting into the field of construction, and you could gain a lot of experience during your apprenticeship.
What kind of experience will you get?
If you don’t want to focus all of your energy towards one element of construction, you do have the option to try everything. Getting trained in more than one are of construction might actually increase your chances of getting a job later.
Construction apprenticeships can take anywhere from 1-2 years, or3-4 years, depending on your level of experience when you get the apprenticeship and your skill within the workplace.
If you have only signed on for the intermediate level apprenticeship and you think that you want to continue to the advanced level, then the construction company should be more than willing to provide training for the advanced level.
In some more professional apprenticeships, you will be given the correct safety equipment on your first day at the site. However, with smaller construction companies, you might be required to provide the safety equipment yourself. All of the information about equipment should be in the paperwork that was supplied to you when you were successful with your application.
Find out more about the construction industry at CITB.