We use cookies on this site We and our partners use cookies and collect information from your browser. This lets us deliver content and relevant adverts to you. It also helps us to understand our audience better. See our privacy policy to learn more about how we manage your data and your rights. See our cookies policy to see how we use cookies and tracking technology. To agree to our use of cookies, click the 'Accept' button.

Related content



Staffordshire and construction

  • The construction sector is one of the largest local employers with approximately 42,000 jobs across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent.
  • With the economy improving, it is expected that employment in this sector will continue to grow until 2025.
  • Although traditionally most workers were men, almost 200,000 women now work in construction. With increasing expansion, the construction sector is actively looking to recruit women.
  • Many local construction businesses offer apprenticeships.
  • The most frequent recruitment difficulties are for labourers and general operatives, wood trades and other skilled trades.
  • The UK’s ageing demographic profile suggests that special action will be needed to maintain sufficient numbers of new recruits into the industry. Training at all levels in the industry will be needed to meet future skills requirements.
  • Examples of large local construction companies include Carillion, Seddon, Kier, Enterprise, Amey UK, Homeserve and Balfour Beatty.

The UK picture

Construction is one of the largest employment sectors in the UK.

It is dominated by skilled trades with managers and senior officials also making up a significant proportion of the workforce.

If your child is imaginative and enjoys design and technology, the construction sector offers lots of opportunities to get involved in design. If they enjoy problem solving and work that requires attention to detail, and are happy working outdoors in all weathers, able to accept instructions and work under supervision then a career in the construction sector could be for them.

Qualifications and routes

There are many ways to get in to the construction industry. A combination of learning and experience is the best way for your child to increase their knowledge and build their confidence within the sector.

Routes include:

When looking for a career in construction and the built environment the type of job your child is looking for can determine the qualification pathway they choose.

To find out more specific information about the qualifications needed in this sector visit the Sector Skills Council’s website at:

General skills needed to get a job in construction

Employers want people who are:

  • reliable
  • flexible
  • follow plans
  • organised
  • team players
  • calm under pressure
  • health and safety concious

Types of jobs in this sector

Click on the links below to see the National Careers Services job profile with details of what’s involved, hours, salary, and entry requirements or search at National Careers Service


Engineering construction technician

Refrigeration and air conditioning engineer

Architectural technician or technologist


Road worker


Facilities manager


Builders' merchant

Fence installer

Rural surveyor

Building control officer

Gas network engineer


Building surveyor

Gas service technician

Sheet metal worker

Building technician

General practice surveyor


Carpenter or joiner


Steel erector

Carpet fitter-floor layer

Heating and ventilation engineer

Steel fixer

Cavity insulation installer

Kitchen and bathroom fitter

Steeplejack or lightning conductor engineer

Ceiling fixer

Land and property valuer and auctioneer


Civil engineer


Structural engineer

Civil engineering technician

Land surveyor

Technical surveyor

Clerk of works

Leakage operative


Commercial energy assessor

Marine craftsperson

Thermal insulation engineer

Construction contracts manager

Mechanical engineering technician


Construction manager

Minerals surveyor

Timber yard operative

Construction operative

Painter and decorator

Town planner

Construction plant mechanic

Paint sprayer

Town planning support staff

Construction plant operator

Planning and development surveyor

Water network operative

Demolition operative



Domestic energy assessor


Window fitter

Dry liner

Project manager

Wood machinist


Quantity surveyor


Electricity distribution worker

Quarry engineer


Engineering construction craftworker

Quarry operative


Further information

There are no results that match your search criteria

Latest education news
More schools scheduled to be built in Staffordshire

More schools scheduled to be built in Staffordshire

More schools could be built in Staffordshire and a number refurbished to cope with an increasing demand for pupil places.
09 October 2019
More opportunities than ever for GCSE Pupils

More opportunities than ever for GCSE Pupils

Students in Staffordshire who are nervously awaiting their GCSE results are being told there are now more opportunities than ever to achieve a fulfilling career.
22 August 2019
Staffordshire care leavers get helping hand to university and college

Staffordshire care leavers get helping hand to university and college

As young people in the county are celebrating their A-Level results, 12 teenagers leaving care in Staffordshire will get an extra boost on their way to university and college.
15 August 2019
Millions of pounds invested in new Staffordshire schools

Millions of pounds invested in new Staffordshire schools

An anticipated £300 million will be spent on building new schools and creating extra places.
19 July 2019

Visit the Staffordshire Newsroom