UK Construction Week’s dedicated Careers Centre provides expert advice from house builders, construction firms and other industry professionals to visitors of the Build Show.
The area will cover apprenticeships, on-going training and professional development catering for all levels – from experienced professionals to beginners looking to establish a career for themselves in the construction sector.
The Careers Centre is supported by a host of industry bodies including the Home Builders Federation, the Institute of Civil Engineering and the Women’s Engineering Society, in addition to apprentices network K10 and Cala Homes.
It will offer insight into a variety of career paths in building, civil engineering, integrated technology installation and other prominent construction trades.
Industry experts – such as Heidi Perry, a generator engineer at building machinery supplier Finning – will share their experiences of developing a career for themselves.
Heidi, who took up an apprenticeship after sixth-form, will discuss her experiences as a female apprentice in a male-dominated industry. She commented:
“Finding an apprenticeship wasn’t easy so I applied to Finning to work in the parts department. It wasn’t my ideal job but it was a foot in the door. Luckily, at my interview they asked if I’d prefer to work on the machines and I landed an apprenticeship working on diesel standby generators.
“Now I travel across the country fault-finding, servicing, working on the electrical control systems or fixing broken parts. Apprenticeships are a great way to learn. If you’re thinking of making the move into construction, do it. It’s brilliant fun and you won’t regret it.”
Nathan Garnett, show director commented: “Employing more than 2.2 million people, the construction industry has been the major force behind the UK’s economic recovery – and with £125 billion of public sector and infrastructure projects in the pipeline, the demand for skilled workforce is set to create even more employment opportunities in the years to come.
The Careers Centre at UK Construction Week will be a really useful source of information for visitors looking to take advantage of this booming work market.”
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