Construction Industry Mythbusting

Construction Industry Mythbusting

12th October 2015

As the construction industry attempts to attract more workers to meet the demands of the future, there are some issues that need to be addressed in order to make the sector more attractive to youngsters. Although the industry itself has made dramatic progress over the past twenty years or so, with high profile construction contractors leading and pioneering the built environment sector and adapting to the rapidly changing world around it, working in the industry has also change significantly. This means that the traditional common conceptions of the industry are no longer relevant so we're taking a look at some of those myths that now need busting if we're going to attract the right type of workers into the industry in coming years.

YOUR WORK IS MOSTLY LOCAL

This is no longer true – UK construction companies secure contracts in so many parts of the UK nowadays that there's a real possibility of working in different locations around the country. Moreover, UK based construction companies are now making real inroads abroad and flourishing in the overseas market with so many new projects starting work wide every year. This means that choosing a career in the construction industry could present the opportunity to travel to different countries and see more of the world. Every trade within the UK construction industry is relevant to the global market nowadays. This means that your skills will be required wherever you wish to live, whether that's in a different part of the UK or abroad.

Transport links are improving too which means the world is getting smaller and professionals in the construction industry are now commuting further than they've ever done in the past.

YOUR WORK IS ALWAYS “HANDS-ON”

The construction industry has been changing and there are not many more opportunities available to people with varying skillsets. It used to be that the construction industry was the choice for people who are “good with their hands”, practical, rather than academic people. However, there are many more management and creative roles within the sector now. Our capitalist society has encourage more monetary focussed business practices and this requires people skilled in financial and other non-practical roles. There are also more positions available that should attract creative people to the industry.

YOUR WORK DOESN'T MATTER

Traditionally those who work in construction have been seen as a small cog in a giant engine, often due to the size of the projects being worked on and the number of other people working on the same project. This is not the case nowadays – the construction industry is now recognising the different roles of all those who work within the sector. No matter what size the project you're working on, from a small residential project to a massive city sky scraper, each worker plays a significant role.

YOUR WORK IS BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

The modern construction industry is leading the way as one of the most significant contributors to sustainability. Government legislation means that construction companies now need to “think green” in their day to day operations. If you consider the sheer numbers of eco-friendly buildings that have been constructed in recent years combined with the rise in solar panelling, the construction industry is becoming greener on an ongoing basis.