Your parents, teachers and careers advisors were not lying to you: construction is one of the best industries to break into after you finish school. We know this because we’ve been there. Still not convinced? We’ve asked around the office and compiled a list of our 10 Best Reasons to Work in Construction.
# 1. There Will Always Be a Demand for Construction Workers
The construction industry never sleeps. Look out of the window: How many new buildings, road-works, construction sites, cranes, diggers and workmen can you see? If you live in a city, chances are construction is happening in every direction you turn.
# 2. Work in a Social Environment
Construction is a highly sociable industry. Gain social skills, make friends and enjoy the banter – if you’re a social animal then you’ll love construction.
# 3. Variety of Work and Career Options
You’re spoilt for career choice in construction. There are hundreds of roles to choose from, many of which have excellent career progression routes to supervision or site/project management. Check out the National Careers Service website for ideas.
# 4. Opportunities to Travel and Work Abroad
A construction NVQ is recognised across the world and many workers take advantage of this by accepting well-paid jobs in exotic locations like Australia and Dubai. If you’re gripped by wanderlust but want the security of a skilled trade and a recognised qualification, you can’t go wrong with construction.
# 5. Earn Decent Money
Construction pays one of the best starting wages of all the popular industries. If you’re keen to earn a decent pay packet in the years after you leave school or college, bump construction to the top of your shortlist. And you won’t need to take out a crippling student loan either, unlike your mates who went to uni.
# 6. Job Satisfaction
Few industries provide an immediate sense of job satisfaction like construction. Whether you’re laying bricks, plastering a wall or fitting a kitchen, you can take a continuous sense of pride in your work from the moment you start until the job is complete. You can also be proud that your work has visibly improved the lives of people and communities.
# 7. Jobs Are Plentiful
Construction is one of the main industries in the UK economy, employing nearly three million people. In recent years, workers are retiring faster than new recruits are entering the sector: this is creating a skills shortage that you can take advantage of!
# 8. Construction is Interesting
Unlike office or factory jobs where you’re stuck behind a computer or on a processing line, construction operatives work on different projects, in different environments. You’ll rarely be bored in construction.
# 9. The Chance to Be Your Own Boss
Work hard, learn your trade, save some money then go self-employed or start your own firm. Thousands of construction workers do exactly this every year.
# 10. Equal Opportunity for Employment and Promotion
You don’t need straight A’s or a university degree to get into construction. As long as you’re willing to pull your weight and demonstrate a positive attitude, construction will welcome you with open arms.
If we’ve finally convinced you that construction is a smart career move, apply for an apprenticeship with us by calling 01942 673047 or sending us your CV via our website.