Construct the world around you
Friday, 29th of January
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Britain is a world leader in construction. Did you know that nearly three million people are employed across the industry in the UK? This influential workforce ensure the construction sector is one of the nation's biggest and most diverse industries.
Ever wondered how some of the most iconic buildings and structures came into being? The Gherkin, the Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge? What about your school or house? Your local hospital, the roads you walk on every day?
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The construction industry not only helps drive the economy forward, it helps shape the world around us. There’s demand for people with a wide range of skillsets and interests so if you’re looking for looking for an exciting and rewarding career – construction might be the right fit for you.
There’s more to a career in construction than bricks and mortar. We’ve put together a quick round up of some of the cool career routes that are available:
Construction Planners offer an essential service throughout the management and execution of construction projects. Their duties can vary from choosing suitable planning technologies to defining tasks and providing estimates on delivery.
Civil Engineers design the structures that help keep towns and cities moving. As a civil engineer you would plan, design and manage a variety of construction projects. You could work on everything from bridges and tall buildings to transport links and sports stadiums.
Architects are not just involved in the design of a building. Aspects of work can be split into three main roles or phases- the design, documentation, and construction roles. If you are well organised, creative and interested in buildings and construction, this could be the perfect job for you.
Construction Project Manager:
Construction Project Managers are involved from the beginning design stages, all the way through to completion. Typically, Project Manager’s will supervise and direct operations on a construction project to make sure it is completed safely, on time and within budget.
Building Surveyors advise clients about the design and construction of new buildings and they ensure structures are safe.
Where problems arise, they advise and often oversee the construction process. They also advise on the maintenance and repair of existing buildings.
A great reason to get into construction is the sense of achievement you feel in helping to shape the world around you. A background in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) can certainly help propel you, but isn’t essential. What’s more important is a passion for the new, some creative flair and keen problem solving skills.
How to get involved!
Sounds like something that could be up your street? Kick things off by getting involved with the Chartered Institute of Building’s Concept to Construction Challenge! Click here to find out more and apply!