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Career and job opportunities in Construction

Over 178,400 people work in the construction industry in Scotland. Almost 7% of all Scottish employment is in construction and approximately 27% of construction workers are self-employed.

Careers in construction range from working on site to working behind a drawing board, from designing engineering solutions to training, administration and management. Examples of roles include:

  • Building Technician
  • Building Surveyor
  • Carpet Fitter
  • Stonemason
  • Shopfitter
  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter/Joiner
  • Building Services Engineer
  • Roofer
  • Cavity Wall Insulator
  • Road Worker
  • Architect
  • Painter and Decorator
  • Plasterer
  • Plumber
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Demolition Operative
  • Fence Erector
  • Crane operator

Find out more from My World of Work about careers in Construction.

The Construction sector in in Dumfries and Galloway 

Construction and related services account for around 9% of businesses in Dumfries and Galloway. Recent major infrastructure projects include the £240m refurbishment of Dumfries General Hospital and £24m development of the new Dalbeattie Learning Campus. Planned developments include Dumfries Learning Town and the Stranraer Waterfront Regeneration Project.

Construction college courses and apprenticeships in Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway College offer a wide variety of construction-related courses and apprenticeships, for example:

  • Domestic Gas Safety Reassessment
  • Bricklaying Apprenticeship
  • Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship
  • Domestic Plumbing and Heating

Find out more from Dumfries and Galloway College about available courses.

DYW DG and the Construction Sector

DYW DG works with leading trainers and providers in the region to address skill gaps and identify future workforce requirements.

Contact us to find out how we can help you with succession planning and getting more young people into your workplace.

Find out more about Sector Forums in Dumfries and Galloway.


Before DYW approached us, we didn’t have the confidence to consider employing a young person straight from school. We didn’t know quite what to expect, or even where to start looking for the right young person. But with DYW’s help, it became a quick and easy process. DYW put in the time – they came to visit us, were always there with help and support, and their enthusiasm for the young people who came to visit us really shone through and helped us engage with them.

Murray Farm Care


DYW DG has helped Morrisons to make Stranraer's young workforce in aware of the good career options in supermarket retail, as well as opportunities for career progression. With DYW’s help, we created a schools' presentation to highlight the opportunities available within Morrisons to school leavers and the young workforce, which gave local pupils a better understanding of how the food retail sector operates. I would definitely recommend a partnership with DYW DG and I look forward to working on other projects with the DYW D&G team.

Eleanor, People Manager, Morrisons, Stranraer


SRUC’s Barony Campus students were given a unique entrepreneur opportunity thanks to DYW DG and Chamber of Commerce partnership working and support for the introduction of the ‘Entrepreneur Aspire’ Award. SRUC looks forward to offering this entrepreneur opportunity next academic year, with a possible option to include other regions within Scotland. It is a pleasure to work with DYW DG, who are so enthusiastic and supportive of our students and their business aspirations for the future.

Julie Parker, Senior Tutor, SRUC Barony Campus

The feedback from the pupils was fantastic and we were over the moon with how our first site visit went  – it was so exciting to hear how enthusiastic the young people were about a future career with the industry and how our different team members had inspired them to look at certain roles that they hadn’t necessarily thought about before.

Emma Porteous, Marketing Manager, Robinsons, Lockerbie


Working in partnership with DYW DG, we have had great success in targeting potential future candidates in areas to suit our operational activities within Dumfries and Galloway. Since our involvement with DYW D&G, we have successfully recruited 11 trainees within Dumfries Galloway over the last 18 months and discussed our various training programmes with around 2,500 of our young people at a number of events.

Kenny Bowie, Head of Planning and Design, SPEN, Dumfries.