Explore a Career in Construction

Jobs and training

Local Jobs in Construction and the Built Environment will bring 27,000 new homes and at least 8,000 new jobs over the next 15 years to Waltham Forest. There is a great deal of work taking place across the borough to make sure we have the homes, workplaces, transport network, schools, health, and leisure facilities that our residents will need in the future. As the boroughs £580m Capital Delivery programme continues, we will ensure we work with partners to create local construction jobs for local people.

Why a Career in Construction?

The construction industry has evolved, and many common past observations about working in the sector do not apply today.

The salary and benefits are very competitive compared to other sectors as a technical trainee you can earn around £25k per annum and more experienced technical workers can earn between £48k - £50k.

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Help with making a career choice

Speak to a qualified careers adviser at your school or college.

Access impartial careers advice through the National Careers Service if you are 13 or older.

Read about you post 16 options, your options after sixth form or college or routes to take after university.

Vocational Qualifications

Qualifications offered through local colleges, gives you the opportunity to gain

  • NVQ
  • VRQ
  • Pre Access
  • Access
  • HND
  • or HNC

Get more information though London Academy of Sustainable Construction

London Academy of Sustainable Construction (LASC)

Train with London Academy of Sustainable Construction (LASC) based in Leytonstone. They offer a range of construction courses, CSCS Cards through to scaffolding apprenticeships.

Free pre-employment training is available if you are 19 or older and interested in getting into Roofing, Steel Fixing and General Construction.

Kickstart

Kickstart work placements for six-months are open to those aged 16 to 24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. To access these opportunities, you will need to go through your Jobs Centre Plus work coach.

Steps in to work

Get support with work and job vacancies by contacting Steps into Work

Use the skills you have developed over years in IT, project management, quality assurance, design, commercial awareness, and HR and apply it to the construction and built environment sector

  • Connect with a Mentor: to help with develop your learning and skills
  • Support for Women: helps support women wishing to work in the construction industry
  • Talent Retention Scheme: help with showcasing your experience and expertise
  • Careers Advice: help with making an informed career choice. Speak to a qualified career adviser.
  • Start in Waltham Forest: help you to discover your future and navigate your journey through education and into the world of work.
  • Gain Vocational Qualifications: studying at local college gives you the opportunity to gain an NVQ / VRQ, Pre Access, Access, HND or HNC. Your local college can get you onto a course and into a career as quicky as possible
  • Train with London Academy of Sustainable Construction (LASC) based in Leytonstone. They offer a range of qualifications, from short, accredited courses through to advanced apprenticeships.
  • Kickstart: Paid work placements for six-months are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. Talk to your jobs coach at the Jobs Centre to access opportunities with local employers.
  • Steps into Work: Local support with work and vacancies through our Waltham Forest Job Brokerage
  • Free Pre-employment training is available if you are 19 or older and interested in getting into Roofing, Steel Fixing and General Construction. email stepsintowork@walthamforest.gov.uk
  • You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider in England.
  • Local Labour Supply: free recruitment support available to employers in the Construction and Built Environment through Steps into Work. Email your requirements stepsintowork@walthamforest.gov.uk. We will aim to respond within 48 hours.

Read more on our Employers Information