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Course wrap-up

A round up and summary of all that has been covered in this two week course.
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Well done on completing the course!

We hope you have enjoyed learning about construction, how it relates to wider society, who works in the sector and what you can expect when you start out.

Construction is important to everyday life, it is what keeps us warm, sheltered, gives us a place to work, provides the buildings where we access public services and keeps the country moving. As we heard from Michaela Wain, it is an industry that has a role for everyone, from every walk of life.

Through this short course, you’ve been given a taster of the specific trades and crafts, learning what they do and how they are skilled specialists who learn their work on the job. You’ve also been introduced to the important role of health and safety, which is a key concern for every construction worker due to the high but manageable risks that come with working in a world under construction.

You’ve also been given the opportunity to explore how your career might progress once you join the industry, listening first-hand to Tony Shaw, who now holds a very senior position in a UK construction company, having started his career at college. You’ve also had the chance to look at the construction professions, proving that whatever your education level and however practical or academic you may be, there is a job for you in construction.

Finally, we’ve assessed the pros and cons of starting your own construction business and examined what it takes and what additional skills, attributes and responsibilities are required to both be a construction worker and a business-owner. We heard from Zul about what life is like on a day-to-day basis and how the additional responsibilities come with additional rewards.

If you’re interested in finding out more about jobs in construction, use the links in the See also section throughout the course to explore jobs, roles and education further.

All that is left now is for you to consider whether a career in construction is for you. We hope you’ll join us and – whatever role or path you choose – we will see you on site sometime soon!

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