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Laying the foundations for a career in construction
Construction: A Thriving and Inclusive Industry
The construction sector plays a vital role in shaping our modern society, constructing essential infrastructure such as houses, office buildings, bridges, and highways. Working in construction offers dynamic, well-paid trades and lifelong employment opportunities, making it an attractive career choice for many.
The Current Landscape
Recent studies revealed approximately one-third of potential recruits believe construction is a suitable career path, with 17 per cent finding it appealing. Additionally, 15 per cent have previously sought employment in the field. The industry attracts individuals with prior experience in many different sectors. These include construction, engineering, manufacturing, and retail with also mid-career professionals aged 25 to 54.
However, there are notable disparities in the composition of the current workforce, highlighting the need for greater inclusivity. Currently, the workforce is predominantly male (85 percent) and White British. Only a small percentage represent other ethnic backgrounds and individuals with disabilities. What’s more, it is crucial to enhance diversity and inclusivity within the construction industry.
The demand for new infrastructure continues to drive the stability and growth of the construction workforce. The industry is expected to employ approximately 2.67 million people by 2027. The industry was perhaps one of the least affected by the impact of Covid as building work and projects carried on. Therefore, growth has been slow in the last year. But this is expected to rebound and uptick again over the next three years.
Construction output is forecasted to grow at an annual average of 1.3 percent between 2023 and 207, according to a study by the CITB.
Technological Advancements and Opportunities
The adoption of new technologies and innovations has revolutionised the industry, making a career in construction even more appealing. Building Information Modelling (BIM), prefabrication, modular construction, drones, and robotics have literally and metaphorically transformed the landscape. The National BIM Report revealed that 73 percent of construction professionals were using BIM in 2021. An upward tick of 60% compared to just 13 percent in 2011, demonstrating the industry’s rapid technological advancement.
Investment in Skills and Competitive Salaries
Employers in the construction industry are increasingly investing in their employees’ skills and development. A research report on Skills and Training in the Construction Industry 2021 highlighted that 96 percent of employers who planned training in the past two years followed through. Additionally, 56 percent of employers responded to skills gaps by increasing training activities or spending, demonstrating a willingness to address skill deficiencies within their organizations.
Trade skills were identified as the most commonly lacking area, emphasizing the need for training and development programs. This commitment thus presents a positive outlook for businesses as it indicates employers are willing to invest in their workforce.
Furthermore, construction workers benefit from competitive salaries and opportunities for career progression. The average salary for builders in Britain is £30,011 per annum, with trainees starting at £25,350. With experience and seniority, individuals can earn up to £50,000 per year.
Striving for Inclusivity and Change
At SafeSite Facilities, we are dedicated to working alongside the construction industry as it evolves to become more diverse and inclusive. Efforts are underway to counteract the traditional image of construction but yet encourage individuals from all backgrounds to participate in the industry and related sectors.
Michael Knibbs, Director at SafeSite Facilities, affirms, “The construction industry remains a vital and attractive sector for individuals seeking stable and rewarding careers. By focusing on inclusivity, sustainability, and embracing new technologies, the construction industry will offer exciting opportunities for professional growth and personal fulfillment in the years to come.”
As a company, SafeSite Facilities shares the commitment to inclusivity within the built environment sector. Our industry actively strives for inclusivity with directors and managers working hard to attract a cross-section of talent. We are no different here at SafeSite.”
“We look forward to creating, over time, built environment industries where everyone is included.”
For further information on the work that SafeSite Facilities undertakes to protect construction sites, visit https://www.safesitefacilities.co.uk/
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