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Exploring construction

Construction is one of the fastest growing sectors in Essex, but it's much more than you might think! It's not just about laying bricks, and it's not just for men... So what is it?

Construction in Essex is a big deal!

There are already over 65,000 people working in the sector and Essex will still need between 12,000 and 24,000 more by 2021.

A career in construction means that you'll be part of a global industry with loads of exciting and rewarding construction jobs to choose from. With opportunities to travel across the world, you could find yourself working in a professional role, using the latest technology or contributing to some of Essex's multi-million pound projects like the new power plant or Lower Thames Rail Crossing.

Female Architect

'Construction is a sector only for men'

Wrong! 

Over 200,000 women are employed in construction across the UK and many more are being encouraged into the sector!

Top skills

  • CAD
  • Project Management
  • Budget Management
  • Customer Service
  • Civil Engineering

Top advertised job titles

  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Civil Engineer
  • Draughtsperson
  • Production Manager
  • Surveyor
James - Evers Construction

"I used to help my dad in the garden as a child. I spoke to a family friend who recommend a career in construction and I knew it was the industry for me when I started my course!" - James, Evers Construction

What's out there for me?

GoConstruct is a great website to learn about every role you could imagine (and other's you couldn't!) in construction. Here are some of the more in-demand job titles for this industry, and a little bit about what you could earn, but for more detail, make sure you check out the GoConstruct website linked above.

 

Architect: £18k - £100k+

Architects use their critical eye, new technology and specialised knowledge to make precise drawings and models. These will be used to help secure funding for projects and will be a detailed guide for others to help bring your masterpiece to life. It's like Ikea for buildings and you make the instructions!


Civil Engineering Technician: £12k - £37k+

Technicians support combine their scientific know-how with construction to help resolve issues on a range of projects that will benefit residents or businesses. They're the go-to guys and girls for things like testing construction materials, preparing reports on the project and ensuring that the work site is a safe environment.


Demolition Operative: £10k - £45k+

You can't just knock down a building with heavy machinery and load it with explosives (not without careful planning first)! Demolition operatives have to be strategic and know the right approach to take any construction down with minimum input and maximum safety; just in time to make way for a whole new project.


Steel Fixer: £23k - £28k+

You know what's stronger than a solid steel support beam? The people that use them to reinforce sky-scrapers and bridges. Sometimes, a building needs a little more support to stay standing tall, so steel fixers use steel constructs and practical skills to make these buildings stronger than ever.


Geotechnical Engineer: £19k - £40k+

A what? We told you there was much more to construction. Geotechnical engineers are responsible for making sure the grounds of a construction site will be stable and safe. They analyse earth materials and advise on how to avoid any major hazards before the project begins.

Learning about construction

Construction is an exciting industry to work in because of the diversity odf roles you could find yourself in. Here are some of the stats you might want to know about the sector.


Construction Vacancy Data
Kirsty

My experience in construction

I have a mixed background in events and hospitality. I have restarted my career in construction as a mature student on an apprenticeship scheme. Though I have transferable skills I started with no technical knowledge in construction. I have always had a passion for property, however ten years ago I didn’t realise there were opportunities within construction that would suit me.


Now, I get to work on site as well as within an office environment which really breaks the week up. When on site it’s great to see projects develop from an open field or a derelict site into a brand new community for people to live in.

- Kirsty, Countryside Properties.

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