There are over 2.2 million people working in construction in the UK, making it one of the largest industries in the country. Jobs range from craftspeople such as joiners, painters and decorators and bricklayers to technical roles for example engineers, architects, estimators and quantity surveyors.
After completing a course at the Eric Wright Learning Foundation students have a wide number of options open to them. Your course tutors will offer assistance with applications for further education and also help to place apprentices with local businesses.
Finding an employer
To study an Apprenticeship programme you must have an employer. To help you find one, there are five really important steps to help you succeed.
1. Contact The Job Zone at Preston’s College
The specialist team at Preston’s College work with hundreds of local employers and will help to put you in touch with businesses that are recruiting.
2. Visit local employers
Contact local employers to see if you can go in for a quick chat! It’s much better to make a good first impression in person than over the ‘phone.
3. Volunteer / work experience
Make a lasting impression by giving the company a helping hand – it could be your golden ticket to employment and it also enhances your CV.
4. Get your CV up to date!
Make sure you stand out from the crowd with the most professional CV possible – it’s your shop window.
5. Word of mouth
Ask your friends and family if they know of any local companies who are looking to hire an apprentice. Remember it’s a small world.
Preston's College staff attend the Eric Wright Learning Foundation to talk about progression and give career advice. Construction Skills also use the centre to hold an annual open day and to offer talks to students. This ensures pupils have access to plenty of information on possible career choices important to their future.
For more information about Careers in Construction, please visit www.goconstruct.org