Jobs in the construction industry uk

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Building and Construction is the UK's biggest industry and it just keeps on growing. There are hundreds of exciting and varied career opportunities in this challenging and rewarding area of activity.

The industry employs more than 1.5 million people and needs a staggering 76,000 new entrants each year to cope with demand. One in every fourteen people who work in the UK are now involved in the construction and building sector.

From small cottage conversions to office tower blocks; footpaths and roads to airports, builders of all types work to improve our living and working conditions, and our landscape.

The examples of jobs in this book are drawn from the whole spectrum of building and construction. For instance, we highlight twelve different craftspeople whose skills are heavily involved in just one project – building 300 houses on a site in the north of England.

However, working in building and construction is not all about bricks and mortar. Architects design and plan buildings and the landscapes surrounding them. Surveyors help put these plans and ideas into practice, while another group support such projects by supplying goods and services.

Whether you're thinking of starting out as a bricklayer, plasterer, architect, surveyor or construction manager the result of your work is going to be around for years to come.

How do I get a job in building & construction?

Most craftspeople now train as apprentices. Since 1997, the number of apprenticeships has risen from 89,000 to 222,000 which proves the popularity and success of the scheme. A number of the jobs featured highlight the Modern Apprenticeship (Skillseekers in Scotland) route as the way forward.

To train in a technical occupation you'll need four good GCSE passes (in Scotland four good standard grades) A levels or an equivalent vocational qualification.

There are two main options. You can either work and go to college part-time or you can get full-time college qualifications before joining the industry.

You will also have the opportunity to complete further vocational and professional qualifications and move to supervisory or management roles (see site manager and joiner case studies).

People with a degree in a subject, such as civil engineering, structural engineering and construction management can expect a high level of responsibility when they enter the industry. Graduates will be trained for highly-specialised or management positions and will have the opportunity to gain professional qualifications such as incorporated and chartered status.

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Modified: 16 June 2013

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