Promoting Construction as a Career
The construction industry is always looking for talented individuals, and we are here to promote construction as a career to schools and colleges. There are over 180 different career paths in Construction creating opportunities for everyone. If your strengths are academic or vocational there are a broad range of trade, technical, and professional opportunities waiting for you. The Construction industry employs circa 3 million people and needs at least 250,000 new entrants.
We have a number of trained CITB Construction Ambassadors who are happy to visit schools to talk about construction as a career, attend careers fairs, mock interview days and much more.
One of our goals involves engaging with teachers and careers advisors to help them understand the range of career opportunities that the industry offers. Construction is an exciting and worthwhile career, and we work with schools to spread this message. For example, one of our members,
CR Civil Engineering of Loughborough have been working closely with East Leake Academy whose Year 11 students have made a video about career opportunities in construction – one student made such a good impression that he was taken on as an apprentice in September 2017.
A few of our members are involved in Heritage work and report that they are finding it difficult to attract apprentices who will become the craftsperson’s required for the future. The objective is to enthuse young people to become part of the heritage workforce by holding a series of one day workshops into schools where they can work with a crafts person undertaking one of several trades including bricklaying, carpentry, painting and decorating, plastering and roofing.
During the summer term 2019 we will be running “Rock to Roof” where students will have the opportunity to create roof tiles from a piece of stone as well as tiling a roof and stained-glass workshops.
For the 2019/2020 academic year, we will be running a minimum of 2 workshops per month, on Wednesdays, featuring: –
- Bricklaying – hopefully including stone masonry
- Carpentry – including repairing sash windows
- Painting and decorating – including wallpapering and gold leaf work
- Roofing – “rock to roof”
- Stained glass
The workshops are intended for Year 10 students, with a maximum of 10 students per workshop.
To find out more or to book a workshop please contact the Group Training Officer.
Providing work placements and/or work experience is an area that we are keen to build on. If you can help, please contact our Group Training Officer, Howard Platts, on 07779 962221
CITB’s ‘Construction Ambassadors’ scheme is an opportunity for members employees to be trained in order that they can undertake a variety of events in schools and colleges to promote the Construction industry as a “Career of choice”. Please visit the Go Construct website to find out more about this opportunity.