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Make Your Mark in Northern Ireland!

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Make Your Mark in Northern Ireland

Construction is the third largest industry in Northern Ireland employing almost 10% of the population, and offering hundreds of different types of Careers.

But with a number of high profile projects in the pipeline, including the development of new schools, retail outlets, roads and local hospitals, the demand for people is expected to increase by 13% over the next four years – with 2,630 new employees needed every year between now and 2010.

In order to help meet this need, CITB NI is continuing its highly successful ConstructionSkills Positive Image campaign to demonstrate the range of careers available to young people in the province.

There are many ways into the industry – from doing an apprenticeship and learning on the job or going to university and starting at graduate level.

Tiling trainee Connor McDaid says: “I never thought I would enjoy this career as much – I am continually motivated by the satisfaction of a job well done. Since winning the Gold medals and Apprentice of the Year award my confidence has really grown along with my skills. Recently I’ve been working on projects such as hotels, swimming pools, and supermarkets. The work is so varied and the opportunities are endless – every project is different and I always look forward to my next challenge.”

But it can’t just be “jobs for the boys” – there simply aren’t enough to go round. In the UK as a whole, nearly 200,000 women work in construction – around 1% in trade and almost 12% in design and management.

Paula McCloskey is a quantity surveyor student with Sammon Surveyors. “I was always interested in construction and maths, and Quantity Surveying is a good combination of the two. Everyday brings a new challenge, whether you are on-site or in the office, the exciting bit is finding the solution!”

If you’re an employer in Northern Ireland and think you can offer a young apprentice, technician or graduate a place on your team, contact 028 9082 5466 to speak to a CITB NI careers adviser.

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