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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Carl works as a Shift Team Leader at PPG and as a reserve firefighter for Suffolk. At the paint producing plant he supervises the safety, production and quality control and he sees that targets are met. With the fire service he deals with all sorts of rescues including accident recovery, fire and industrial spill. Finding huge reward in helping others, Carl is keen to make a real difference and also finds time to work in the community suppporting teenagers from the ages of 12-18.
Robin Oram is Head of Building Schools for the Future. Despite describing himself as "a kid from the wrong side of the tracks", Robin has worked his way up from trainee within a construction company to project managing the refurbishment of some of the most famous stadiums in the world.
Steve Gayfer is Teaching and Learning Development Manager and Lecturer at Cambridge Regional College. He was a pipe fitter and welder, and got his first job in Further Education as a technician to support lecturers. He set his sights on becoming a lecturer. He loves teaching practical skills to practical people.
George Ussher came out of retirement in 2000 to become Technical Services and Environmental Manager for Ulster Carpets Limited. He values education highly - "education really is an absolute must, even more so now than it ever was in my day" and has an Open University degree. George also has a busy life outside of work, keeping a herd of Aberdeen Angus cows and breeding horses for showjumping.
Paul Martin is a Maintenance Assistant at Caythorpe Court, a PGL activity centre. He left school at 15 and took a course he hoped would help him get into the RAF, but it didn't. When he came to PGL he intended it to be a temporary job, to give him time to decide what to do next. But he discovered he had a talent for maintenance, and he enjoys it, so he hopes to do some qualifications and make a good career out of maintenance or building.
Leigh Farmer is a Building Services Technician at a Virgin Active health club. He's a qualified plumber and is qualifying as an electrician too. He was very keen to work at Virgin, and kept phoning them up until they agreed to give him a chance.
Mark Bull is a National Trust Warden on an estate in the Peak District. Sometimes he wonders whether he should have gone to university, but he's enjoyed this job for 25 years, so unless he suddenly gets the opportunity to become a professional cricketer, he intends to keep on doing it.
Olivia Harris is the International Operations Manager for Arcadia Group in the UK. She's had a lot of different jobs in the retail sector since graduating. She's particularly proud of the work she did in America, working with creative and marketing people to decide how the store windows should look.
Jason Ikavnieks looks after events, maintenance and the grounds for Wood Green Animal Shelters. "I've had quite a few jobs because I went for the money. But now I realise that this is the job that I like at Wood Green... I don't think I can probably ever change because it's such a wonderful place to work."
Mick Bond is the Manager of Lee Valley Athletics Centre. He's always been passionate about athletics but he was injured as a teenager so he never became a top athlete himself. He took the opportunity to combine his talents as a manager with the sport he loves.