One of the growing industries is construction. However it is no longer a job that you drop out of high school and go do like it was when my father was a teenager. Now it is much more complicated and you need to know what you are doing before someone will hire you. Even apprenticeships for the construction industry can be a combination of collage study and on the job training. Apprenticeship is still a great way to earn as you learn and get a good start on a career in construction.
If you are looking into starting a career in construction you might want to check out CSkills. Cskills is a partner of the sector skills council for construction. I spent some time on their website and was actually overwhelmed by quantity and quality of information they have on todays ConstructionSkills and how much things have changed in the last 40 years. This web site has information on what you need to know to get a job in construction, where to get the education, funding, and even apprenticeships. Their website has all information about what you need to get your NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) and SVQs (Scottish Vocational Qualifications) so you can get your CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme).
If you are already in construction but need something to advance your career Cskills also has a section on getting a CSCS card threw OSAT (On-Site Assessment and Training) or EWPA (Experience Worker Practical Assessment). As well as information on how to get a CPCS card (Construction Plant Competence Scheme). These show that you have all the up to date information in health and safety as well as being skilled and capable within your field. These cards show you are a professional and can make a big difference in your career path.
The website also has information for people who own or run construction companies. They can keep us with all the rules and regulations as well as find apprentices. Cskills site is up to date on health and safety legislation and how to meet the requirements for construction workers to be certified by 2010. This site is so full of information that it is worth taking the time to visit and look around.