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Craft Roles

The construction industry covers a whole range of different craft trades including:
•Wood occupations – Site Joiner, Shop fitter, Wood Machinist
•Exterior occupations – Bricklayer, General Construction Operative
•Interior occupations – Painter and Decorator, Ceiling Fixer
•Specialist occupations – Thatcher, Roofer, Scaffolder
•Plant occupations – Plant Mechanic, Plant Operator
Careers in construction craft roles suit people who are practical and are willing to work in a team. Craftspeople can also move into professional and technician roles.
Jobs in the industry range from: bench joiner, wood machinist, built up felt roofer, mastic asphalter, bricklayer, stonemason, dry liner, glazier, renderer, plant operator, demolition
Entry and progression
Most people enter craft careers through apprenticeships; although other types of training schemes are available. A construction apprenticeship is usually a two year programme to NVQ Level 2, then a further one year advanced programme to achieve NVQ Level 3. Most craft occupations have an NVQ available at both levels 2 and 3. These qualifications are achieved by assessment onsite combined with some college‐based training.
There are opportunities to progress in the construction sector and many people start their own companies. Career paths in the sector tend to be varied as people train and begin to specialise.

Many adults will find themselves being able to transfer the skills and knowledge they have gained in another field into the craft sector.