With many young people turning to trades and with over 400,000 veterans looking to retire from the industry in the next 10 years, there could be no better opportunity to get involved whether you’re an architect or a roof truss builder.
This goes hand in hand with the Conservative initiative that promises to promote affordable living to new homeowners and plenty of opportunities for burgeoning tradesmen to learn their craft. The representative for the Home Builders Federation, Steve Turner, said, “We’re building 115,000 homes a year and we’ve got to increase that to 220,000 to hit government targets.
Every home built creates 1.5 full-time jobs on site and two more in the supply chain. The downturn in 2007-08 saw house builders lose 40pc of capacity with people being made redundant so there are plenty of opportunities.”
Recent surprising statements have indicated that bricklayers could earn around £40,000 a year as demand soars – a stark contrast from the pittance some people think they’re on! Couple this with the stabilisation of the recession and you’re looking at a brilliant financial upturn.
There are many venues that you can explore to assist you with your learning with some people opting for college-based tutelage. Here, you can enjoy plenty of expert teaching over the length of your course and when you leave, you’ll feel like you know all there is to know.
However, for the best representation of what your site experience will be like, sector professional advise learning on the job as part of a training scheme. In this, you can discover your passion and surge ahead of the competition with your expertise as you put one foot on the ladder.
You can do also both at the same time with industry guru, Jeff Fairburn, saying, “I started work on a Youth Training Scheme as a trainee quantity surveyor at 17, working alongside tradesmen, helping out on site, doing manual work, getting valuable practical experience,” after also having his A-Levels to contend with.
So, if you’re contemplating a career in construction, there doesn’t seem to be a better time to put your hard hat on.