Our Industry guides give you the lowdown on what the Bradford District has to offer. They're here to help you figure out what qualifications and training opportunities are available nearby and to give you the scoop on career options in specific industries.

If you're not sure about what careers are out there, these guides are perfect for exploring and getting to know each sector better. They're your go-to for understanding the different paths you can take into a career, whether it's through Apprenticeships, Traineeships, starting out early in your career, going to college or university, or learning on the job.

In Bradford District, there are 15 industry sectors to explore - you can find them all on the Career Options page. Each guide will tell you specific ways to plan for an occupation, as well as suggesting educational and vocational opportunities.

Build a Career in the Architecture & Construction Industry

When it comes to a Career in the Architecture and Construction industry, you should have a keen interest in any of the following:

  • solving practical problems
  • analysing information
  • mathematics
  • design and technology

Another key quality companies look for is the ability to work in a team. IT skills are desirable but are not always a necessity. You will need your Maths and English standards (GCSE 4-9) as a minimum to gain employment as an apprentice with the vast majority of companies.

The wide variety of of skills required by the Architecture and Construction industry means there is an interesting range of career opportunities available. You may believe that all there is to construction is getting your hands dirty, but this is a misconception. There are plenty of roles in which you get to wear smart clothes and keep clean! You could be working in the office or outdoors, but doing both will mean that you are working in an environment which is always changing – how exciting is that?! The UK construction industry is the safest in Europe, and you will always be under protection with protective clothing and safety processes.

As long as you are determined, there are many opportunities to transfer your knowledge and skills into other areas across the industry. If you have entrepreneurial qualities, you could quite possibly end up running your own business! According to the CITB, more than a third of people working in the Architecture and Construction industry are their own boss; the prospects are clear to see. Architecture and Construction falls into three distinct categories:

  • Pre-Construction (such as marketing, design and business development, surveying)
  • Construction (e.g. trades and labour, health and safety, supplier engagement)
  • Post-Construction (for example, snagging, final accounting, maintenance)

The Careers and Technical Education (CTE) Partnership have worked closely with leaders within the industry, and discovered that the most critical occupations across Bradford and District are currently:

  • Civil Engineers
  • Quantity Surveyors

There are many great companies (from SMEs to global businesses) operating across Bradford District that have made a difference to the world of construction, providing progressive and innovative material solutions.

Other companies deliver exceptional engineering and construction services and focus heavily on employer equality. You will also definitely find businesses that specialise in areas such as joinery, shopfitting, design and bespoke manufacturing

Qualification Information

Find information about core subjects and specific relevant sections of the curriculum here

Courses in Architecture & Construction






T-Level in Design, Surveying & Planning for Construction Level 3

Construction: Foundation to T-Level 1 yr course at Level 2

 Apprenticeship in Plumbing and Domestic Heating Level 3

 Extended Foundation Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment/Civil Engineering Level 3

 National Foundation Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment Level 3  

 3D Computer Aided Design Level 3

2D Computer Aided Design Level 3

Apprenticeship in Joinery & Site Carpentry Level 2 & 3 

 Apprenticeship in Standard Brickwork Level 2

 Apprenticeship in Engineering Operative

Diploma in Electrical Installation: Buildings and Structures Level 2

 Extended Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment Level 2

 Skills for Employment in the Construction Industries Level 2

 Welding Level 2

Technical Certificate Carpentry Level 2

 Technical Certificate in Bricklaying Level 2

 Certificate in Construction – Carpentry and Joinery 19+ Level 1

 Certificate in Construction – Trowel Trades 19+ Level 1

 Introduction to Construction Skills – Bricklaying Level 1

 Introduction to Construction Skills – Carpentry and Joinery Level 1

 Introduction to Construction Skills – Electrical Installation Level 1

 Introduction to Construction Skills – Plumbing Level 1

 Construction Skills - City & Guilds Entry Level 3 Extended Award Introduction to Construction Skills


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T Level Technical Qualification in Building Services Engineering for Construction Level 3

Carpentry & Joinery (Site) Level 3 Diploma

C&G Plumbing Technical Certificate Level 2

 Bricklaying C&G Level 2 Diploma

 Carpentry and Joinery (Site) Level 2 Diploma

C&G Level 1 Certificate in Construction – Joinery

 C&G Level 1 Certificate in Construction – Brickwork

 (CG) Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing Studies

 CG Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills – Electrical Pathway




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15 Career Choices is Architecture & Construction

The below jobs are a sample of 15 occupations that can be found in the Architecture & Construction sector in Bradford District and beyond.  Click on the job title for more information:

  • Acoustics Consultant - help manage and control noise and vibrations in homes, workplaces and other environments
  • Architect - design new buildings and the spaces around them, and work on the restoration and conservation of existing buildings
  • Building Services Engineer - design, install and service equipment and systems in buildings like offices and shops
  • Carpenter/Joiner - make and install wooden structures, fittings and furniture
  • Carpet Fitter/Floor Layer - fit carpets and vinyl tiles, and lay laminate and solid timber floors
  • Civil Engineer - design and manage construction projects, from bridges and buildings to transport links and sports stadiums
  • Construction Labourer - prepare building and civil engineering sites and carry out manual jobs once work starts
  • Crane Driver/Operator - operate lifting machinery on construction, quarrying and mining sites, at ports and in warehouses
  • Demolition Operative - dismantle buildings and structures, remove hazardous materials, and carry out salvage operations
  • Electrician - fit, service and fix electrical equipment, circuits, machinery and wiring
  • Estimator - work out how much it will cost for a company to supply products and services to its clients
  • Heating and Ventilation Engineer - install and service heating and air conditioning in large buildings like factories, schools and hospitals
  • Paint Sprayer - apply coatings and protective finishes to cars, vans, motorbikes and other vehicles
  • Painter & Decorator - prepare and apply paint, wallpaper and finishes to different surfaces
  • Welder - join, cut and shape metal plate, pipework and composite materials in industries like aerospace, construction and civil engineering

Digital Badges

Digital badges are a great way to gain recognition for skills and learning which doesn't have a qualification attached to it.  If you are a learner aged 13+ please sign up to our Navigatr platform to access the digital badges we offer.

This is quick, easy and free to do. Follow the link below to create your own Navigator account and earn your first digital badge by reading the information and completing quiz at the bottom of the page:

To see some of the badges available for Bradford District click on the link below for more information:

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People working in this sector may design, develop, build or repair residential and business premises, infrastructure and transport systems.

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This pathway is the very beginning of a construction project and involves turning a concept into a plan, finding the most sustainable and cost-effective way of bringing an idea to life. Development projects, whether in towns, cities or rural areas, have to be safe, efficient and adhere to legal guidelines.

This pathway involves using anything from basic hand tools to larger plant machinery, used effectively to strip out fittings, remove hazardous materials and salvage anything that can be reused, before demolishing or dismantling the unsafe or obsolete buildings and structures.

Off-Site Manufacturing is a revolutionary aspect of the architecture and construction industry. This method of construction is defined by building modular components off-site, using indoor facilities in a production line approach. The manufacturing process is performed in a controlled factory environment.

This pathway involves overseeing the wider project when constructing new buildings. Civil and Structural Engineering involves the design, construction, maintenance and repair of infrastructure such as roads and bridges, buildings, and underground transport systems. Conservation of animal habitats and flood alleviation are other key components to consider when managing construction projects.

Maintaining the upkeep of equipment, repairing and fixing broken equipment, upgrading or installing utilities and inspecting finished projects to ensure they comply with Health and Safety regulations are all key elements of this pathway.

This post-construction pathway focuses on managing the repairs or ‘snags’ found in various areas such as buildings and landscapes, by tracking and reporting progress.

Once a construction project has been completed, it is imperative that there is visible tracking, co-ordinating, monitoring and recording of sales through excellent customer service and after-sales support.

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