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Construction site supervisor

Alternative titles for this job include Building site manager, site inspector, clerk of works

Construction site supervisors manage staff and subcontractors on building sites.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter

to

£45,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

44 to 46 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends away from home

How to become

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How to become a construction site supervisor

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • building studies
  • construction management
  • surveying
  • civil engineering
  • construction engineering

Degrees that offer the chance to gain work experience through a year in industry placement or paid internship may give you an advantage when looking for work.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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College

You could do a college course if you're working on site or have experience in construction.

Relevant subjects include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Construction Site Supervisory Studies
  • Level 4 Diploma in Construction Site Supervision
  • Level 4 Diploma in Construction Site Management

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Apprenticeship

You can start by doing a higher apprenticeship as a construction site supervisor.

This may take up to 3 years to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

Some employers may expect you to have some construction experience to do this higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could move into this job through promotion and training if you've got several years' experience in a construction trade or civil engineering.

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Registration

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate for professional development, industry news and useful resources.

Further information

You'll find more about training and working in construction from Go Construct.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • business management skills
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • be able to cope with working at height
  • have a full driving licence

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties, you could:

  • supervise workers and subcontractors
  • help project managers to plan work
  • manage orders and deliveries of construction materials
  • organise staff work schedules
  • check work is carried out safely
  • complete records for site reports
  • attend site management meetings

Working environment

You could work on a construction site, at a client's business or in an office.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could specialise in health and safety, contract management or move into general construction management.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Production Management Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £21,000.00 Annually
  • Location: London

L4 Site Supervisor Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £17,550.00 Annually
  • Location: Peterborough

Courses In England

HND In Construction Management (UoG) (HED)

  • Provider: LONDON SOUTH EAST COLLEGES
  • Start date: 11 September 2023
  • Location: Belvedere

Study Programme - Level 3 Construction Management

  • Provider: HEART OF YORKSHIRE EDUCATION GROUP
  • Start date: 01 September 2023
  • Location: Castleford

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