Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Building the Future – Now!

The construction industry is a dynamic, diverse and challenging industry. The industry needs energetic problem solvers to deliver a vast array of projects – could you be part of it?

Building the Future – Now!

The construction industry is a dynamic, diverse and challenging industry. The industry needs energetic problem solvers to deliver a vast array of projects – could you be part of it?

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"If you like meeting new people and taking charge of situations then this is a good role for you"
Site Manager - Grad Entry
Aidan Maher
"When I started the apprenticeship I thought you would be a plumber and thats it but there is so much diversity and opportunity within the trade."
Plumber / Construction Super.
Donal Kane
"Be open to any advice and teaching that will help you learn your craft."
Apprentice Carpenter
Oisin Murphy
"There is constant recognition of your work and how safely you have done it while you are on the job and that is very rewarding."
Apprentice Electrician
Mark Maguire
"If you work hard and produce excellent quality work you will never be quiet. "
Apprentice Painter Decorator
Fergal Feehely
Bricklayer
Brian Conville
"You get great satisfaction at the end of the week when you see all the planning and the work co-ordinated well to present a new piece of construction"
Site Manager - Trade Entry
Colin Butterly
"I asked my father if women could be electricians and his response was ‘women can be anything they want to be these days.’"
Electrician / Quantity Surveyor
Eileen Faherty

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The Construction Industry Federation (CIF), is the national and regional representative body for construction industry employers (contractors) in Ireland. 

The industry in 2016 employs 137,000 people directly and in 2015 had an overall output of €13 Billion. 



CIF is recognised by Government, client and professional bodies as the representative body and voice of the construction industry and represents the views and interests of contractors in the sector.

Key areas where CIF lobby on behalf of members include:

  • Public capital spending programmes
  • Procurement contracts, policies and procedures
  • Legislation impacting on the construction industry and construction employers
  • Taxation policy
  • Employment and Industrial relations issues.
  • Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality issues
  • Issues of concern to specific groups of members - e.g. specialist sub contractors

CIF is a members based organisation and policy decisions are made by these member companies, through an Executive Body (Board) of 34 representatives appointed by each Branch and Association. All interests, both sectorally and regionally are represented in its decision making processes.

To support the operation of the CIF and provide expert advice to the Federation’s Committees, Associations and Branches, the CIF has a dedicated team of Executives and support staff who have specialist knowledge in construction matters . Offices are located in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

The CIF's objective to to develop the construction industry in Ireland into a strong industrial sector, making a positive contribution to the development of the Irish economy by ensuring the delivery world class infrastructure, to attract inward investment and to ensure a highly skilled workforce is availble to meet this demand.

Graduates and craftspersons are employed directly by CIF members. 

CIF  has also now launched a new website to provide an online platform for young people considering the opportunities available in the construction sector apprenticeships offer as a real career.

For the first time in Ireland, people sking apprenticeships and employers seeking to recruit apprentices have a central place to meet. The website provides information for those interested in the construction sector on how to develop a career in the sector. It allows you to create an account and upload a profile, outlining why you think you should be considered for an apprentice position. The quality of the information uploaded could result in an interview with a potential employer.