CITB Construction Ambassadors in Wales
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Welsh Construction is on the up!
In the next few years, the Construction industry in Wales is expected to grow faster than
in any other part of the UK.
Work in the Construction industry and you could be building new homes and new schools,
or repairing roads and rail networks. You could even be involved in the construction of major industrial developments in Wales, like the new nuclear power station on Anglesey, or the tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.
There are a wide variety of jobs at all levels from skilled crafts like Carpenters and Plasterers to design and management roles like Civil Engineers, Architects and Town Planners.
The Welsh Construction industry
is expected to grow 6% a year until 2019; twice the rate of the UK (CITB, 2015-2019)
1 in 4
UK construction jobs expected to be filled by females by 2020
(Randstad Construction, Property & Engineering 2015)
jobs are skilled crafts like
(Welsh Government, 2014)
3 out of 5
in Wales are
(Welsh Government, 2014)
Wales needs more..
Civil Engineers, Electrical and Electronic Trades,
Bricklayers, Project Managers, Plasterers,
Draughtpersons, Construction Supervisors,
Plumbing and Heating Engineers.
What jobs can I do?
Some of the construction jobs you could do:
Source: Welsh Government Priority Sector Statistics 2014
Meet the Employers
These are some of the construction employers in Wales:
Manufacturer of Wood Panels, Chirk, Wrexham.
House Builders, Llandrindod Wells.
Lloyd & Gravell Ltd
Construction company, Llanelli.
Construction Services, Swansea.
Housebuilder, Elwoe, Flintshire.
Manufacturer of large construction equipment, Wrexham.
Building Envelope Specialists, Newport.
Construction and Development, Cardiff.
What can I earn?
Salaries can vary depending on your experience, the employer and where you live. Higher salaries can be awarded for more senior positions. Salaries also vary for self-employed workers.
Source: CASCAiD 2015
Most construction jobs involve practical or manual work. A career in Construction maybe for you if you are interested in:
- Physical work and working with your hands
- Working with tools and machinery
- Working as part of a team
- Following plans and specifications accurately
- Problem solving
- Making calculations, and preparing estimates of costs and materials
and Engineering related apprenticeships were advertised by Careers Wales during 2013/2014’
(Welsh Government 2014)
For a professional occupation like Civil Engineering, Site Manager or Architect you will normally need a degree level qualification or equivalent.
Find out how to get into different Construction and Building jobs.
Get as much work experience as you can. Lack of general work experience is one of the top 3 reasons employers give for not employing someone.
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Skills in demand
The Construction industry is one of the first industries to be affected by how the economy and the housing market is doing. As the economy grows, the demand for construction skills at all levels will increase.
The demand for skills is also affected by new regulations and new building technologies.Keep up to date with the latest regulations and sustainable building technologies CITB.
Do I need Welsh Language skills?
If you work in Wales, being able to speak and write in both Welsh and English can give you an advantage in the workplace. Particularly if you are working in Welsh speaking areas and need to communicate with people as part of your job.
In the Construction industry
What about the future?
After a tough few years, the Construction industry in Wales is expected to grow at twice the rate of the UK as a whole up to 2019. The expected increases in employment are mostly due to a number of new projects planned for Wales. Projects like the construction of the new Nuclear Power station on Anglesey, and the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Power Plant.
Demand for professional occupations like Civil Engineers, Surveyors and Architects are expected to be greater than demand for the main skilled crafts.
Fastest growing construction jobs in Wales, shown in percentage of growth.
Source: Working Futures 2012-2022