What is construction all about?
Find out about the construction industry and help a young person
in your care decide whether a career in construction is for
Creation of the built environment
Construction is the creation of the built environment from
football stadiums to roads.
It covers all stages of the construction process, including
creating the initial ideas and designs, building the structure and
ensuring that everything continues to work smoothly after it is
The wide variety of skills required by the construction industry
leads to a varied and interesting range of job opportunities. Good
career opportunities exist for those who have an interest in the
design and management of construction works, the supporting
technical roles and those wishing to develop and use practical
craft skills working on site.
Employing 2.35 million people, the combined employment of
construction workers and professionals account for over 8% of the
UK workforce. Latest forecasts show that the construction
sector needs 43,000 recruits per year over the next 5 years.
In the construction industry, as long as you have the
determination and put in the hard work, there is plenty of scope to
move up the career ladder. There is a huge variety of training
programmes available, so whatever you choose to do first is not
necessarily what you will do for the rest of your career.
Once you are working in the construction industry there are
plenty of opportunities available for developing your skills and
knowledge. An individual's career path is likely to be varied and
may well change as they begin to specialise.
The construction industry is fast developing and there are plenty of
opportunities for an interesting and varied career.