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A chartered professional is someone who has gained a specific qualification or level of skill in their chosen field and is recognised as a mark of competency in that profession.

By becoming a chartered professional, you show that you are committed to your profession and also demonstrate that you possess an impressive level of academic knowledge about your field. This increases your employability, your chance of promotion and could also improve your pay scale.

How do I become chartered?

Chartered status is offered through professional bodies, legitimate organisations made up of individuals from that field/ profession. Most professional bodies are also chartered institutions, but not all.



Training courses and certifications for the construction industry are available in the following areas:

- Health & Safety
- Craft trades and operatives
- Management and supervisory

For example, if you want to show that you are skilled in a certain occupation in construction, then card schemes prove that you have the right skills and training. The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is the most well-known of these, but others are available. Certifications enable those in the industry to advance their career prospects while helping their industry develop and grow.

Visit our Virtual Job Shop to speak to our team about how you can get a relevant certification.


Further Education / Higher Education

Alongside apprenticeships, our further and higher education providers offer qualifications through full-time or part-time study covering: construction diplomas; NVQs; BTECs; higher national diplomas (HNDs) and certificates (HNCs); foundation, Bachelor and Master’s degrees.

With an impressive choice of subjects and pathways, you’ll be able to gain qualifications and improve your skills. Find out more at our Job Shop.



An apprenticeship is essentially a job with training. As an employee, you can gain essential skills whilst being paid. Combining onsite experience plus off-site learning, you’ll work alongside an employer who will give you tasks to perform with the skills you learn as you progress. Lasting for anything from one to four years, once you’ve completed your apprenticeship you’ll have gained valuable experience alongside a nationally recognised qualification. Think you’re too old for an apprenticeship? Apprenticeships are available for anyone at any age.

With over 100 different types of apprenticeships available, the first challenge is deciding which one to choose. If you’re unsure, join us at our Job Shop where our team can talk you through your options. If you know what you’d like to do, you can have a look through our extensive list of providers on our Find a Provider page or take a look at all the amazing apprenticeship opportunities currently available in and around Plymouth here

Apprenticeship travel and accommodation funding – ‘Travel to Train’

The CITB will fund 80% of accommodation costs for eligible apprentices if overnight stays in a hotel to attend a place of training are required.
Employers can all claim excess costs for apprentice travel where the cost exceeds £30 per week.

Accommodation funding and/or travel costs can only be claimed for apprentices employed by CITB registered, grant-eligible employers in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Skills Launchpad Plymouth

Have you taken a look at Plymouth’s new virtual one-stop-shop FREE skills service Skills Launchpad Plymouth service. Whatever your age or situation, you’ll find advice, guidance and support from pathways into employment, apprenticeships and traineeships, work experience, training, education, volunteering and self-employment.


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Introduction to Training

The world of construction and the built environment not only has a varied choice of careers but also several ways in which you can get into the industry. Each route depends on certain factors, such as your experience or previous qualifications.

Previous qualifications may have been achieved at school, college, university, through an apprenticeship or work experience or in a previous job role. Alongside recognised qualifications, personal skills such as good communication, teamwork, problem solving, flexibility and time management are all important assets to a career in construction.

Think it stops once you’ve got the job? Think again! There are several ways to improve your skills and get extra training through our local training providers, further and higher education providers, and industry training experts.

Routes into construction and progression include:

- Apprenticeships – trade, technical and professional including degree apprenticeships
- Vocational qualifications/A Levels
- Construction Diplomas
- National Diplomas and Certificates
- Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Diplomas (HNDs)
- Foundation Degrees
- Bachelor’s Degrees
- Master’s Degrees
- Chartered Status

Be sure to check out the Sherford Skills Training Scheme for more information on training courses.

Still not sure on how you can get into the world of construction? Visit our Job Shop to find out more.