Because the industry is so varied and diverse, there is a vast array of career opportunities across the construction sector from operative level to apprentice to professional roles.
Entry into the construction sector is possible at all levels. General operatives join the industry with no experience but through working on different projects they gain skills informally. Traineeships, apprenticeships and degree programmes all offer entry pathways.
The construction industry is thriving once again and levels of recruitment are increasing as activity grows the overall Irish economy improves.
Construction graduates and apprentices are in big demand so it is the perfect time to be considering a career in the industry in Ireland.
CIF is recognised as the representative body and voice of the construction industry and represents the views and interests of contractors in the sector. CIF provide an online platform for young people considering the opportunities available in the construction sector through the apprenticeships route.
Colin Butterly has worked his way up from apprentice Carpenter / Joiner to trainee Site Manager, offering him greater opportunities and more responsibility. He is currently studying in DIT for a level 7 degree in Construction Management which he gained advanced entry into due to his trade qualification.
What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?
Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?
How did you go about getting your current job?
Describe a typical day?
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
What are the main challenges?
What's not so cool?
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
What is your education to date?
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
Although not necessary in trades I would see my Leaving Cert as very important in my job as it allowed me that extra time to mature and gain more from the subjects I did.
My apprenticeship was key for the role I now have due to the practical knowledge developed through my trade both on the job and in the training centres.
What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?
What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?
What is your dream job?
Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?
What advice would you give to someone considering this job?
For anyone who even vaguely considers a trade or a management job they shouldn’t hesitate to pursue it as it can surprise you how capable you can become despite any reservations you may have.
It could even introduce you to different roles in the industry that you hadn’t realised were available to you or felt where out of your reach.
What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?
What is your pet hate at work?
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?
Apprenticeships in your preferred trade are a fantastic way of experiencing the work and lifestyle. If that is not available, approach companies about internships and try to get an insight with engineers, managers or even building service co-ordinators so you can extract some of their day to day endeavours.