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Would you like a job where you can see the results of your hard work on a grand scale? You might like using your practical skills, or have ideas about how public areas should look. Or, you could be interested in technical skills or using machinery, or even planning how something could be built. Either way, the vast and rewarding construction industry has something to offer everyone.

Construction projects are often complex, where there can be up to 60 different jobs involved in one building project. They all have to be done properly, and in the right order, if the building – or structure – is going to be fit for purpose and safe.

Construction is the fourth largest UK industry in terms of employment. The number of people employed in the construction industry reached 2.6 million in 2016, the first time since 2009.

What areas can I work in?

There are over 150 occupations in construction and the built environment, in areas including: architecture, building technology and management, civil and structural engineering, construction crafts, landscape architecture, surveying and town and regional planning.

Jobs range from management to technician and craft roles, all requiring a wide variety of skills, and offering a wide range of opportunities and experience.

What kind of companies can I work for?

Possible employers include:

What’s the job market like?

In Scotland, there are 181,000 people working in the construction industry, accounting for just over 10% of all Scottish jobs. According to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), jobs in construction are growing due to heavy investment in infrastructure and growth in private housing. In Scotland, 2,340 new recruits will be required annually for the next 5 years.

New construction work is expected to grow annually by 1.2% in the UK and the roles in greatest demand are civil engineers, painters and decorators, construction managers, plumbers and electricians.

In Scotland, growth is expected to focus on the private housing sector with an increase of 5.7% over the next five years.

Employers take on school leavers as well as graduates across the wide range of careers available.

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Want to find out more?

CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) is the Sector Skills Council for construction industry. You can find more information about the sectors it covers and related careers and training pathways on the CITB website.


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Building Technology and Management

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