There is likely to be a big demand for those with construction skills in coming years. Private sector housing and the industrial and commercial sectors will be the main drivers for the industry. Growth in public infrastructure and low carbon will also be increasingly important with an increasing number of ‘green’ contracts and careers routes. These include careers in new eco-friendly energy plants and retrofitting buildings with energy-efficient fabric and technology.
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Sally Sudworth is a Market Sector Director, a senior engineering position, at Halcrow. She has had to overcome discrimination to get where she is. She wanted her job back after starting a family. "I was only able to secure a temporary contract, because they weren't convinced really that, as a working Mum, somebody who'd been out of the scene for two years, was going to be able to do the job. And whilst at the same time a man was interviewed, he wasn't Chartered, but he got the permanent position." She did get a permanent job back in before long, and next year she will be Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Wales Committee, which will give her a chance to show that women can achieve senior positions in engineering.
Mariusz Rozycki is a Heating Systems Designer for E.ON. He designed communal heating systems in Poland, then moved to the UK. He was despairing of finding a job because there aren't many of this type of heating system in the UK yet, but fortunately E.ON found him and offered him a job.
Fresia Campbell is a Facilities Manager for Lewisham Council. She looks after buildings and the security and cleaning contracts. She is also responsible for the Health and Safety Regulations. She has had a varied career and started in the Cabinet Office at 16 and also worked in adrenelin fueled finance. Her passion is to work with the community. She keeps on learning even though she left school 30 years ago. Oustside work she is a foster carer and would like to work with a young people's community project.
Colin Burgess is the Operation Supervisor for London Borough of Lewisham Bereavement Services. He looks after the cemeteries. Tha means he has to help people when they are bereaved and he feels it is important to "leave a really good impression with that person that you've helped them kind of release a loved one in the best way you possibly can". When he started in the cemetery, he wanted to do physical work like gardening - but his mates told him he would be running the place one day.
Stephen Peel is a Conservation and Design Officer for North East Lincolnshire County Council. He makes sure the historic environment is in a good state to be passed on to the community's children and grandchildren. "The biggest mistake I made would probably been when I was about 14 or 15 in not realising that I did have an artistic side and that art combined with history was really my big passion in life and that's what I should have been doing rather than the maths or the sciences. I was very much pushed in that direction both specifically by my parents and also by the general society around me." But his wife supported him while he studied for a degree in architectural conservation, which enabled him to get his dream job.
John Chadwick is a Maintenance Engineer and Supervisor at Gibsons Foods. He's always been mechanically minded but it took him many years to get a good job in that area. "If I had my time over again I would definitely look for further education, sixth form, college. I'm quite happy with where I'm at now but I think I could've been here a lot earlier."
Mark Wilkinson is an Architectural Technologist and Design Director for Colliers International (formerly Colliers CRE). "When I was younger I wanted to be a sort of professional sportsmen but by good fortune, my stepfather's best mate was a partner in a local architectural practice and I was particulary taken with him because he had a yellow Lotus at the time and I was really into cars at a young age, and he sorted out some summer work for me." This launched a successful career in building design.
Graham Johnson is an Auctioneer at Colliers International (formerly Colliers CRE). He did some work experience with a surveying firm when he was a teenager. "I think the social side of the surveying firm really attracted me to the job. It was also getting out... meeting the clients and viewing the properties which seemed like a good option as opposed to reading through legal documentation every day of the week."
Joe has faced a lot of challenges in his personal life but he knows that each experience has built him up and made him stronger. After dropping out of college he worked in shops, call centres and bars, but it is only since a friend helped him get a foothold in a job at a theatre, that he has felt really positive about his career. As stage technician at Leeds Grand Theatre, he wants to go to work at 8am in the morning!
David has found a career he is passionate about, a career that allows him to combine his love of people, practical tasks, climbing and theatre. He came into his own at university and now, as a qualified high access technician at Leeds Grand theatre, he is building on all he learnt in his studies and his part time work.