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Why choose a career in construction… ?

June 2, 2009

For the Stephen Lawrence Trust, Spring 2005

Why choose a career in construction and the built environment?

For a start, buildings and the spaces around them have a huge impact on our lives: the way we live, work and relax.  The quality of this built environment depends on the people who design it – not only architects, but a range of designers and specialists who work together as a team.

And it’s an industry looking to the future.  IT has revolutionised the way we do things – digital technology has become the fundamental tool of building design and planning.  Methods of construction are constantly evolving – prefabrication and modular components are pointing the way forward for how tomorrow’s homes and workplaces will be built.

Sustainability and ‘green’ issues are at the top of the agenda – in the UK, constructing and running buildings accounts for nearly 50% of all greenhouse gases, so it’s essential that the environment is considered as part of everything we do.

There’s a huge range of different jobs and professions within construction.  As an example, Baily Garner’s staff include architects, building surveyors, landscape architects, quantity surveyors (who deal with costs), urban designers and health & safety specialists.  Our projects regularly draw on professions from other companies, such as structural and services engineers.

What to do if you’re interested?

If you’re at school, think about gaining some work experience with a suitable company.  Practices such as ours are keen to give young people a taste of what we do, from a few days, to a few weeks over school holiday periods.

For GCSE and A level choices, speak to your careers advisor, or get in touch with one of the organisations listed in the box.  Many firms and organisations run Open Days – be sure to do some background research to get the most out of these.

To become a professional within the industry will require an accredited degree, although there are several routes to achieving this – it doesn’t have to mean A levels and three years of straight study at a university.

One option is to study on a day-release basis.  One organisation we work with is the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust, which brings together employers and young people aged between 16-24 as on-the-job trainees, backed up by day-release study at sixth form college or university.  Despite its name, the CSTT has expanded over time to include architecture and civil engineering, as well as building and quantity surveying.

Sponsorship of your degree is also a possibility.  Firms can offer financial support while you’re  studying, and also offer you structured employment over the summer break and year out periods – a good way to avoid being a cash-strapped student.

Nothing is more important to us than attracting bright and talented young people into the industry from all backgrounds and cultures