People who work with their heads and their hands
Everyday you will see buildings around you; hospitals, office buildings, shopping centres - how many times have you thought about, where the idea for that building came from, who imagined how tall it would be, how many rooms it would have in it, how much land would be needed, where the doors and windows would be?.
A range of roles are involved in creating all these buildings from Quantity Surveyors, to Architects who design and draw up the plans. Roofers, plumbers, bricklayers, electricians who make the building come alive. And then there are individuals who maintain, keep equipment running, decorate the offices, paint the furniture create the desks etc.
In the building industry there are 3 types of roles:
- Design and Pre-ConstructionThese are the architects, the landscape architects, interior designers they use their ideas, creativity to plan, draw and design buildings
- Construction These are the operational people down on the ground, detail orientated people who work with their hands, bricklayers, groundworkers, steel erectors.
- Maintenance These are the people who maintain the building once it's up, so gardeners, boiler and maintenance engineers What brings all these people together is the common goal, looking at the finished product and the results of their work - a building.
If you are looking at a career in the Construction and Built Environment then you need to study a broad range of GCSE's. This is because Construction is a generalist field involving teamwork at every level and interaction with a range of people.
Communication - Although not an academic subject - communication is key in construction. Working in construction you need to be able to communicate with all different types of people from designers, contractors and labourers. This means having a good standard of written, reading and spoken English. If you are competing with somebody else for a job the person who is better at speaking and writing will always be selected. Speaking a foreign is also a plus, opening up more jobs globally.
Maths and Science-Any role within the Construction and Built Environment requires strong maths and science skills. Understanding the physics of a building, knowing how it is built, and the measurements of the land are all essential skills for you to get ahead in the construction business.
If construction interests you then - then try something in each area, you never know it may lead you in a direction you never imagined.