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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Gail Gilbraith is a Business Development Manager at construction consultants, Davis Langdon. She took a degree in marketing at Napier University in Edinburgh. The task-based course suited her much better than being lectured at. "And obviously it kind of put me one step ahead of the competition when you left University."
Donny McKinnon is an Equity Partner in Davis Langdon and a qualified quantity surveyor. His first job was for a small firm whose photocopier regularly caught fire. One of his jobs was to put it out. Now he works for an international company of property consultants, spending a lot of his time working with banks to raise money for major building projects.
David McCulloch is a Chartered Surveyor for the construction consultants, Davis Langdon. He has been with the company throughout his career. His turning point was working in their New York office and realising how differently the construction business is organised in other countries.
Christopher Young is an Accounts Assistant with construction consultants, Davis Langdon. His first job after leaving school was in a factory, then he did a temporary office job at the Department for Work and Pensions. When that came to an end he realised he needed to decide what to do with his life. He thought that being an accountant was a good idea.
Colin McGivern works in maintenance at Lee Valley Athletics Centre. He's assembled a lot of skills and qualifications during his career, as a carpenter, engineer and Post Office engineer. He got his disciplined attitude, which has served him well, from his father and grandfather. "My grandfather always said was to do a job correctly 'cause you wouldn't have to go back and do it again."
Stuart Thomas is a Key Account Manager for Aggregate Industries. He did work experience for Aggregate while he was at University and they offered him a job. "It seemed like it was a very, very good career path for me, and lots and lots of career opportunities within the company."
Louise McCoy is a Sales Manager for Aggregate Industries. She goes out on the road selling Bradstone products to clients. "The Building materials certainly is a very male-dominated industry, as is the majority of the construction industry. It certainly provides some good opportunities for women, purely because it gives us an opportunity to show what we can do."
Vicky Whitbread is a Credit Controller for Aggregate Industries. She spends a lot of time on the telephone talking to the company's clients. She had some bad times at school, but got through them with the help of her friends and teachers. Her friends and family are proud that she's got a good job now.
Heather Foo is a Key Account Manager at Aggregate Industries. She travels the country visiting important clients. She's proud of getting out of the office and onto the road, into a male-dominated environment.
Anne French is a PA at Bovis. She left school after A levels and continued her education at night classes to get her Private and Executive Secretary's diploma. She has been a PA in charities, the food industry and now in construction.