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There’s a place for everyone in the building industry, from bricklayers, to window fitters, to painters. Any time somebody wants to construct a new house, office building or put up a skyscraper, they’re going to have to call in some builders. And building will call on teams with a diversity of skills and experiences, meaning you’re sure to find a role that suits your interests in the industry.
The construction industry accounts for a large chunk of UK employment. This is partly due to the scale of the industry – everyone needs a house! – but also because there is a diverse range of roles within in the industry.
If you’re a school leaver, you’ll find opportunities in bricklaying, carpentry and similar types of labour. If you’re not afraid of hard work, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for work. Some positions will require no experience, while others might require a qualification in carpentry or plumbing. You can get a National Vocational Qualification to prove you’re qualified, and this can be done on-site so you won’t have to take time away from work! Getting an apprenticeship or a City & Guilds Carpentry Craft Certificate can also be useful.
Builders often work freelance, although some are hired by companies. This will allow you to move around a lot and take on lots of different challenges. As a builder, there will always be demand for your skills so you shouldn’t have any problem finding employment. Another benefit is that much of your work will be outside, so if you enjoy the outdoors, a career in building may be for you!