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How to work in jobs in construction

Jobs in the construction industry are skilled trades which need to be taught and learned properly. Before looking for work in the industry, an individual must hold a valid CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) Card. This article provides a brief overview of the different types of CSCS card, and ways in which to obtain work.

CSCS card - An overview

The information in this section, should help you choose which is the best card for you.
Red cards (Trainee level) Trainee cards (craft and operative) - registered to undertake an NVQ qualification at either level two or level three. Trainee card (Technical, Supervisory or Management) trainees registered for a construction course through further or higher education. The third, is for those who have obtained a recognised further or higher education qualification such as a degree. Green cards These are for those without a specialist trade or skill, and are commonly used by general labourers.
Blue cards
There are also three types of blue card: - Experienced workers with at least one year experience
- Skilled workers for those with an NVQ level two or equivalent
- Experienced technician, supervisor or manager, for those who have obtained an NVQ level four or equivalent.

How to find work

Sole trader
After a substantial amount of experience, setting up as a sole trader may be an option, but there may be quite significant startup expenses such as equipment, tools, and a vehicle which are required to begin trading. When working for yourself, you are responsible for sourcing and buying materials before you get paid for work.
Standing lists Many councils now have standing lists whereby builders can apply for contracts for work on local authority owned properties, undertake simple house repairs or complete extensions and wet rooms. The application process can be quite complicated and a copy of company policies and procedures have to be submitted along with the application form. Other sources of jobs Local and national jobs papers, the Internet and job centre are just a few places where you can look for work. Construction recruitment agencies can also provide a viable avenue to obtain suitable employment in the construction industry. Housing building jobs in the UK are one of the main sources of vacancies, so find out if there are any planned developments in your local area and enquire with the company if they are going to need any new employees in the construction trade. If you are working for yourself, you will need to market and advertise your business regularly in order to ensure you have a steady flow of work. Completing building work to a high standard, on time and within budget will always earn recommendations.

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