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Diversity is key amid current transformation in the Construction Sector

Apr 3rd 2018 11:04am

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As the industries around us continue to change and evolve, construction is going through its own transformation - shifting from a male-dominated, traditional profession to a much more innovative, diverse and collaborative industry with wider career horizons than ever before.

This bodes well for the both the construction environment as well as the economy as a whole as we begin to see the positive ripple effect on the rest of the country; in addition to the £7.1bn Gross Value Added (GVA) contribution construction already makes. This will undoubtedly affect countless other small and large businesses which currently operate within the sector as the industry will be faced with new and innovative skills and approaches.

Construction is not only changing in terms of diversity but significantly is much more specialized and technical than is commonly referred to anecdotally, it is in fact no longer a career for those struggling academically, and as such must be seen as a viable and successful career option.

Apprenticeship schemes are not to be underestimated. They really do provide the lifeblood to this industry and in seems that, young people with apprenticeships are among the most employable in the country. They are becoming equipped with valuable practical skills and quality hands on experience.

Indeed, the Federation of Master Builders has recently reported that construction apprentices actually earn more per year than many of their university graduate counterparts. Allan Callaghan, managing director of Cruden Building, looks at the range of career opportunities available as the sector faces growing recruitment challenges stating that:

“Today’s apprenticeships and those embarking in additional learning and training come from all genders and backgrounds, and our business is stronger for it. It has helped us to achieve and support healthy order books, continued growth and develop more effective and innovative ways of working.

There has never been a better time for government and the industry to come together with a unified voice to begin sensibly and apolitically addressing this outdated perception of working in this industry, and amplify the message that the face of construction has changed and it’s time for people to adjust their views accordingly. By the time these young men and women are my age, I’m sure the construction landscape will be further transformed, and hopefully a highly sought-after career option for more women and young people.”

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