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.
icould Video Interviews
Denise Mahoney is a Recruiting Consultant for Bovis Lend Lease. She fits people into the right jobs in the construction industry. To get here she's worked in a variety of office roles in different companies, but recruitment is what she enjoys the most.
Sarah Cooke is a Design Manager for Bovis Lend Lease, she wanted to be an architect at school but failed her A levels and took a glass design course instead. "I thought, 'What am I doing here? I've always wanted to be an architect, not a glass blower.'" So she retook her A levels and went on to qualify as an architect. Now she leads a team of architects on big projects.
Roger Crossin is a Fitter at NEJ Stephenson who make special furniture. He has fitted furniture in a 38th floor apartment in New York. He has done woodwork since leaving school. He ran his own business fitting kitchens for 30 years but now enjoys the interesting work he is doing.
Nick Willers is in charge of building maintenance at Shepreth Wildlife Park. He was brought up in the park as it's his family's business. He's tried other careers - he's been an electrician, a manager and a teacher. But nothing was really satisfying. He took a permanent job at Shepreth when the business was big enough to support a maintenance manager. He realises it's where his heart has always been.
Alex Kiddell is a Programme Manager for Lewisham Borough Council. He makes sure projects like "the Future of Deptford" run smoothly. After Business Studies in University he started to train to be an accountant, but he decided he didn't want to do the same thing every day. He likes the variety and he says "(in) Programme Management I've found something that is interesting and rewarding."
Andy Kitching, is a Programme Manager at Lewisham Council. Helping build a playground in Ecuador on a gap year changed his mind about using his languages degree as a translator. Now he brings everybody together on a building project - like building a school or swimming pool. He gets to work with alot of different people; architects, lawyers engineers as well as politicians and the community. He hopes the buildings he puts up make people happy.
Mark Perfect is Managing Director of Pendrich Height Services, a company which provides steeplejacks for the construction industry. When he was fifteen he went to three local employers, a slater, a glazier and a steeplejack. He went to the first one to offer him a job - the steeplejack.
Paula Stratford is a Director in the Planning Department of Colliers International (formerly Colliers CRE). "The bit that I enjoy the most is, I guess, every day's different. There isn't the monotony of doing the same thing at your desk 9 to 5. You could be out on site. You could be at meetings."
Bruce Robertson is the Operations Manager for Dakota Hotels. He is responsible for the guest experience and the construction and design of new hotels. All managers report to him. He combines his engineering degree with a love of the hotel industry.
Getting a first in his Energy Management in Business degree was a huge turning point in Matt's life. Frustrated at school by his learning disability Matt left to work in marketing and PR and quickly set up his own business. He travelled and worked in New Zealand and then, building on the success of his degree, Matt joined the Eden Project as Energy Manager, a role he loves.