Construction and Infrastructure | Leeds Pathways



Whether you are looking to pursue a career in a traditional skill like carpentry or bricklaying, or a career in civil engineering, quantity surveying and construction management, explore the career options and links on this page to find out more about working in this sector.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



Construction Crafts (Practical jobs)
Roles include Carpenter, Joiner, Plasterer, Tiler, Brick Layer and Shop Fitter
Average salary: £15,000 - £31,000 per annum

Building Services (Practical jobs)
Roles include Electrician, Plumber, Scaffolder, Demolition Plant Operative and Gas Service Technician
Average salary: £16,000 - £36,000 per annum

The Built Environment (Technical jobs)
Roles include Architect, Building Surveyor, CAD Technician, Quantity Surveyor, Building Services Engineer
Average salary for technical / professional roles: £29,000 - £49,000 per annum

Visit the National Careers Service for more information on careers in this sector.

Click to expandEssential Skills

- Good team worker

- Practical and good with your hands

- Fit and Healthy

- Able to cope with heights

- Able to follow and understand plans and drawings

- Happy working outdoors


Click to expandLabour market information

- Leeds employs over 31,000 people in the sector.

- There are 2,925 Construction and Infrastructure businesses in Leeds.

- A 14% increase in the number of jobs in this sector is expected by 2025.

- Upcoming developments include Leeds South Bank, Enterprise Zone, East Leeds Extension and HS2

- Future skills in demand include Heritage Construction, wood trades and sustainable, low carbon technologies.



​​ Building under construction

​​"’I'm learning quickly and taking on the trade. It’s always nice to work outdoors in nice weather - and the public tell you you’re doing a good job!"

- Re-Making Leeds Trainee

"There are lots of ways to get into the construction service - apprenticeships after school or college, or traineeships and graduate schemes for those coming out of university."

- Balfour Beatty Construction Apprentice