A construction site supervisor is in charge of a construction site’s health and safety. The site supervisor monitors and analyses potential safety hazards on the work site to eliminate them. They will also conduct periodic site inspections and provide a safety programme.
As a supervisor, you are responsible for ensuring that a project is completed safely and on schedule; hence, you will manage and direct your assigned staff. Therefore, it is necessary to collaborate closely with the Foreman, who organises work on site.
Throughout your apprenticeship, you may help:
- 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.
- Starting salaries for an apprentice is £25,000 per year.
- Experienced construction site supervisors can earn up to £45,000 per year.
You will typically work 44 to 46 hours per week including evening and weekends working away from home.
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.
Qualifications you can achieve as an apprentice construction site supervisor include:
- Level 2 Construction Site Supervisor – Entry requirements for this level include 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship. This qualification takes 36 months to complete.
On a construction site supervisor apprenticeship, you’ll learn:
- 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.
Career path and progression
With experience you could specialise in health and safety, contract management or move into general construction management.