Construction is the single largest employer in the UK, so there is no surprise that there is a choice of different career paths to take within the industry. Many roles such as bricklaying or civil engineering are quite unique jobs to the construction industry, but other roles such as plumbers or electricians can find work both on and off a construction site.
For those with an appropriate skill set and a strong drive to work within the construction industry, there is a need to take and pass the CSCS test. The core skills you need to be able to have a successful construction career are many, but none more so than having the ability to envision something before it is actually there. After all, construction is all about building something completely from scratch.
Some construction careers, such as architects for example, are the people responsible for creating the plans that will define a structure. They must be able to see a building before they can put down the plans on paper. However, the CSCS card they may qualify for will be different to the CSCS card obtained by people in other construction careers, such as plumbers or electricians.
Plumbers, electricians and carpenters may only need know how to interpret building plans in relation to where their skills come in, such as power cable installation and plumbing infrastructure placements. This is why there are different types of CSCS cards that you can train for.
Types of CSCS cards:
- Experienced Technical, Supervisor or Manager
- Experienced Worker
- Trainee Card
- Skilled Worker
- Advanced Craft
- Academically Qualified Person
- Construction Site Visitor
- Professionally Qualified Person
- Provisional (This card lasts for six months and is not renewable)
Working at dangerous heights
Construction workers must also be prepared to work at heights, sometimes this means working at dangerous heights. Bricklayers, roofing technicians, plasterers, tilers and painters are all construction careers that usually experience working at dangerous heights as a normal part of their job. It is essential therefore that anyone choosing to work in these careers pass receive appropriate health and safety training and pass their CSCS working at heights test. People with a fear of heights would be advised to take this in to consideration when choosing the right construction career path to suit them.
As with all career paths, consideration must be given to all aspects of working in construction, including all the on-site and environmental dangers. The ability to pass a CSCS test and gain a card to enable you to work in your chosen field is essential if you want to pursue a career in the construction industry.