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My career goal: Construction

Updated Friday, 21 January 2022
Are you driven to find out how things work, and want to know how they're made? Construction could be for you. Here's some advice on using your practical mind and hands-on skills to build bigger and better things.

Civil engineering case study

This short video shows Daniel, who is following the graduate route to become a civil engineer.


How to apply for a CSCS card

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) provides proof that individuals have the necessary training and qualifications to carry out their work. For more information on how to apply, go to:


Construction skills tests

Skills tests are an industry assessment of occupational competence taken by apprentices who wish to practice in their craft. They demonstrate that apprentices meet the standards expected by the industry. See below for the skills examined in several such tests, and watch the videos for more detail.

Carpentry skills test:

  • hang a door to a rebated frame
  • fix skirting
  • cut and fix canopy members
  • the assessment process


Wall & floor tiling skills test:

  • tiling to a wall
  • tiling to treads and risers
  • tiling to a floor
  • wood float finish render coat
  • the assessment process


Plastering skills test:

  • board and skim ceiling and duct
  • lightweight plaster in two coat work to wall area
  • external render finishes to wall area and attached pier
  • dry lining
  • the assessment process


Painting & decorating skills test:

  • painting walls, ceilings & covings
  • painting interior trim
  • cross-lining a wall
  • papering a wall
  • the assessment process


icould links

icould is a site that provides career guidance based on real world experiences, providing an inside view of many different jobs, and tips on how to get there. They have over 1000 personal video stories, and every page contains detailed job information and insightful practical advice.



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