Construction workers are involved in a range of practical tasks that help skilled construction workers; for example digging, mixing and laying concrete, operating machinery, and moving and unloading materials.
Experience: Not necessary for entry level jobs, but possible to complete qualifications & training to become a qualified tradesperson.
Work hours: Typically 1-44 hours per week. Short term contracts are common.
We've helped many Beam members start work in construction, see their stories here.
Day to day
- Helping skilled tradespeople with every aspect of the construction process
- Mixing and pouring concrete
- Digging trenches
- Operating hand machinery such as drills, or larger machinery such as dumper truckers
- Working outside in all weathers conditions
Pros and cons of a construction role
✅ High earning potential
✅ As a general construction operative, you could complete qualifications and training to become a qualified tradesperson, such as a bricklayer, carpenter, plant operator or more.
❌ Very physically demanding work and requires good fitness levels
❌ Outdoor weather conditions may be uncomfortable
❌ Working on construction sites and operating machinery can be hazardous
❌ Short term contracts are common
Where to look for a role
There are many employers currently hiring and use search terms such as "construction worker" or "construction operative" on jobs boards.
Some companies to get you started: