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Builders can work on all sorts of construction projects - from spare rooms in your parents’ house to record-breaking skyscrapers. This is an industry that requires you to learn technical skills on the job. You can gain a trade in a particular specialist area – bricklaying, pointing – or as a general building contractor involved in moving heavy goods.
The construction and building industry is a major source of employment in the UK, providing a wide range of career opportunities. This is something that you can come into after a degree at a senior level.
If you are a practical person and looking for a useful career that involves working with your hands, a career within this particular section of the trades industry could be for you. You’ll need to be good at planning and be accurate, have a natural affinity for problem solving and want to work out in the world rather than in an office.
Many builders work freelance, on one-off jobs or on short-term contracts, working on particular projects to completion. As your skills will be in demand from both industry and individuals, you should never be short of work.
Types of jobs within the building industry
Working in this field you will probably start as labourer or builder on a team, headed up by a contractor.