Construction: is it all hardhats and Hi Vis?

Construction; getting dirty in the rain for not a lot of money, right?

“Wrong!" Says Paul.

“One of the major challenges facing the construction industry is that views like this are still the norm. The sector is so much more than it’s made out to be and, in fact, there’s huge potential to develop a career.

“Did you know, for example, that pay in construction often matches that in other more popular industries like accountancy and surpasses that of teaching and marketing?

“Or did you know that the skills possessed by accountants are almost identical to those of a quantity surveyor?” (We checked - a quantity surveyor is someone who calculates the amount of materials needed for building work, and how much they will cost, it’s an important job – could be the difference between profit or poverty!).

“Now”, said Paul, “guess which one of those professionals gets the satisfaction of contributing to a major housing or infrastructure project, such as an airport or railway station once it’s completed. Spoiler – it’s not the accountant! ”


Did you know?

Pay in construction often matches salaries in other more popular industries such as accountancy, and surpasses that of teaching and marketing...


But how can you get into the industry?

“There are numerous routes for people of all ages and experience levels to enter construction. One of the most popular is to undertake an apprenticeship. There you’ll be starting at ground level within a firm, but it will give you the opportunity to learn on the job at a quicker rate than any other route.”

But, what if you don’t want to do an apprenticeship?

“Many major firms also have graduate programmes that train young people in a range of specialisms such as project management or design, for example, before being given a full-time position once their development is complete. Others will advertise for entry-level positions in administrative type-roles, for example, which can allow you to gain experience working for the company and then move into a different area later on.

“And,” said Paul, “it’s not just for boys. Unfortunately far too little work has gone into making construction an attractive place to work for men and women, but that’s changing. We’re behind a campaign (#GirlsAllowed) to increase the number of female professionals working in construction and other organisations like the Construction Youth Trust and the superbly named ‘Chicks with Bricks’ are also launching their own initiatives.”

If you’re interested in an exciting, fast paced and high-potential career then construction might be what you’re looking for. Paul is MD at OneWay