Project manager
Go Construct
King’s Lynn, Norfolk, GB
3d ago

Project managers oversee the planning and delivery of construction projects. They ensure that work is completed on time and within budget.

They organise logistics, delegate work and keep track of spending. As a project manager, you’d liaise with clients and construction professionals to arrange schedules and direct activities.


How to become a project manager

There are several routes to becoming a project manager. You can gain the qualifications you need by doing a university or college course, or an apprenticeship.

If you already have some experience you may be able to apply for a job directly. You should explore these options to find out which is the right one for you.

You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.


You could do an undergraduate degree in construction management, project management, business or IT.

If you already have a first degree you could study for a postgraduate qualification in construction project management.

You’ll need :

  • 2 - 3 A levels or equivalent (undergraduate course)
  • A first degree in a relevant subject (postgraduate course).
  • College / training provider

    You could do NVQ Levels 4 and 5 in Project Management or Levels 3, 4 and 5 in Business Improvement Techniques.

    Some training providers also offer NVQ levels 3, 4 and 5 specific to construction project management.

    You’ll generally need :

  • 4 - 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent (level 3 course)
  • A levels, or equivalent (level 4 or 5 course).
  • Apprenticeship

    An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry.

    Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.

    Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

    An intermediate apprenticeship takes around two years to complete. You could follow a higher apprenticeship in construction management.

    You’ll need :

  • 2 or more GCSEs, or equivalent, at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) (intermediate apprenticeship)
  • 3 GCSEs, or equivalent, at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) (advanced apprenticeship)
  • Work

    Many project managers start their careers as craftspeople in a particular trade. If you have experience of managing small projects, you could study part-time to gain project management qualifications and get a job in a construction project support team.

    Work experience

    Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a project manager.

    Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.


    Additional skills which may benefit anyone looking to become a project manager include :

  • Leadership and business management skills
  • Knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • Persistence and determination
  • Able to use your initiative
  • Be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • Maths knowledge
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • What does a project manager do?

    As a project manager you will be responsible for helping to keep projects on a realistic timescale and budget. This involves selecting and leading a project team and ensuring you are aware of all details so you can keep a client up to date.

    The job role of a project manager involves the following duties :

  • Understanding what the client or company wants to achieve
  • Agreeing timescales, costs and resources needed to deliver a project
  • Drawing up a detailed plan for how to achieve each stage of a project
  • Selecting and leading a project team
  • Negotiating with contractors and suppliers
  • Directing a multi-disciplinary team
  • Communicating with staff at every level, in a calm, personable way
  • Overseeing several projects at the same time
  • Ensuring that each stage of the project happens on time, on budget and to a high standard
  • Reporting regularly on progress to the client and stakeholders
  • Coordinating market and customer research
  • Resolving any issues or delays
  • Demonstrating knowledge of all areas of construction
  • Writing bids for tender
  • Managing several projects simultaneously with the support of junior project managers
  • Working in an office or on a construction site.
  • How much could you earn as a project manager?

    The expected salary for a project manager varies as you become more experienced.

  • Newly trained project managers can earn in the region of £25,000 - £30,000
  • Trained with experience project managers can earn in the region of £30,000 - £50,000
  • Senior or chartered project managers can earn in the region of £50,000 - £60,000.*
  • Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

  • Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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