Construction and built environment 

Construction work is one of the biggest and most varied sectors in the country.  Whether you’re working on site, from an office or at home, choosing construction means contributing to one of Scotland’s target green industries today. 

The impact you could make

  • Be involved in creating and building the world around us.
  • See the results of your work on a grand scale.
  • Help make our homes more energy efficient. 

The opportunities within construction

The construction industry is one of Scotland’s growing industries. The industry is expanding their processes from using digital tools and designing SMART buildings to using new methods of construction and data management tools. These new ways of working will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases. 


 In 2022 there are around 201,500 people employed in Scotland.*

Job availability

By 2025, the construction and built environment industry will need an estimated 20,000 more people to fill job openings in Scotland alone* 

Job diversity

There are 12,871 Modern Apprentices in Scotland training in construction.*   

*Skills Sector Assessment 2022

In years to come, you can look back and say you were part of that process that formed the towns and cities that are round about you and the people you know.


Building Standards Team Manager, City of Edinburgh Council

Some things you may not know about construction

It's estimated that 4 out of 5 buildings that we use in 2050 already exist. The sector is focusing on adapting these buildings to be ready for the future! 

It took 23,000 miles of cable to create the Queensferry crossing – that's enough to stretch across the planet! 

You could use Virtual Reality tools in your construction career. It's expected the use of digital tools will grow in the industry.

What subjects to take

We’ve pulled together some examples of subjects and Foundation Apprenticeships (FA) that could be useful for getting into a construction and built environment career.

  • FA Civil Engineering
  • Computing and IT
  • Design & Manufacture
  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

For most jobs, you might not need specific subjects. If your school does not provide all of these subjects or you're just unsure — do not worry. There are many more subjects you can explore by using the Option Choices tool or speaking to a careers adviser in your school.  

What routes you can take 

There are different options you can choose from after school. We’ve pulled together some of them to help you decide which is best for you.