Why do work experience?

Work experience helps you to #ExperienceConstruction first hand

Not sure what you want to do? Considering a career in construction, but aren't decided? Undertaking a work experience placement with a company in the construction industry will allow you to get a taste of the sector, whilst experienced a variety of different roles.

What can you expect?

Not all work experience placements are the same, but most will include some of the following:

  • Shadowing members of different teams, to give an insight in the day-to-day roles of employees in the company
  • Site visit
  • Office based activities or labouring where relevant
  • Attending meetings
  • End of placement reflective presentation
  • Work diary

How long does a placement last

Again, this can vary from placement to placement, but we usually recommend 1-2 weeks depending on intensity

Are work placements paid?

Unless specified otherwise, work experience is unpaid. Most employers however will cover travel and lunch expenses.

How will it help me?

Depending on your circumstances, the work placement might help you decide what career is best for you - it might cement your decision, or introduce you to a different role you hadn't considered. If you are applying for university, a work placement will look great on applications. In other instances, if you have impressed the employer, they might offer you a place on an apprenticeship scheme, or even a job!

How do I find a work placement?

If you are interested in the construction professions, check out our Budding Brunels course - a 3 day course with the opportunity to do a work experience placement with a construction company.

If you are more interested in the trades, and are based in London or Wales, contact our Budding Builders team who can support you to get your CSCS card and arrange work placements.

You can see all upcoming courses here.

Or just contact us directly and we will see how we can help!

Case Study

  • Nawaal

    Nawaal took part in a recent Budding Brunels course and was offered a work placement with Taylor Woodrow.

    During the week she spent her time with a range of people including: environmental advisor, planning manager, site engineers and quantity surveyors.

    "When my placement ended on the Friday, I felt incredibly motivated and eager to do all that’s necessary to work in this field of work in the near future."

    Nawaal's experience on the course and her work placement are a perfect example of what we set out to achieve through Budding Brunels.