Because the industry is so varied and diverse, there is a vast array of career opportunities across the construction sector. Depending on your aptitude and abilities, there is an opportunity to work in a dynamic growing sector and in an environment that both challenges and rewards.
Entry into the construction sector is possible at all levels. General operatives join the industry with no experience but through working with others and on various projects, they gain skills informally.
As the economy improves construction graduates and craftspeople are in big demand. This sector is on the rise again in Ireland so it is the perfect time to be considering a career in the industry.
If you are interested in working in the industry, make use of your Transition Year and look for work experience. Approach local companies to seek their assistance to achieve this or ask your career guidance counsellor what contacts they may have in the industry.
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.
Fergal Feehely is a Painter Decorator who took over the family business in 2008. After his Leaving Cert Fergal went on to complete a four year apprenticeship course in conjuntion with CIT, as well as a certificate in AutoCAD and a correspondence course in Robotics.
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In the current climate, tendering can be very difficult. It can be hard to ensure jobs are priced above cost and still within customers budgets.
There is a lot more to this occupation than people realise and there is always a problem you haven't yet encountered. An example would be damp issues or alkaline issues which need specialist knowledge to treat properly.
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