Despite the lingering stereotypes of the construction industry, young people should consider a career in this dynamic, creative and technologically advanced industry that shapes the world we live in. There is a vast array of different jobs and routes into construction from planning and bid writing to site management and quantity surveying. And with a skills shortage in the UK, there are plenty of career opportunities for young people in all of these disciplines and more.
Luke Wood, 26, has worked at McCoys Contractors for three years and is currently working out on site in Swindon on McCoys newest £3m contract…
Name: Luke Wood
Job Title: Civil Engineer
How long have you been at McCoys: I have worked at McCoys for 3 years.
Have you found working in the construction industry a positive experience: Since becoming part of the McCoys team, I believe that my personal development has excelled considerably over the last three years. I have progressed from a groundworker/foreman to a site engineer, which has resulted in a greater amount of responsibility. Having been given the opportunity to become a Civil Engineer, I feel like I have thrived at the chance, this is down to the backing and support I have received from the McCoys team. What I enjoy the most about my job is the new challenges that arise daily, it is forever pushing my skills and experience that is ensuring improvement from project to project.
What skills have you learnt since being at McCoys: I have improved my managerial skills in many areas. I now know the importance of material orders, organisation of the workforce, efficiency of the production of work to meet deadlines and communication skills within senior management (main contractors).
Would you recommend seeking a job in the construction industry? I would, it has taught me plenty of skills I can use in day to day life and has given me the opportunity to work in a career I enjoy and feel I can progress in.
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