Careers


A Future in Construction

It’s all about working together.  Choose a career in construction and you won’t be starting out on your own.  You’ll be joining a team of specialist people all working together to build a strong, long-lasting future.  It’s not hard to be amazed by some of the innovative construction projects we’ve seen over the last few years, Titanic Belfast, Causeway Visitor Centre, Co Antrim and the Peace Bridge in the North West.
 

Whatever your role in the industry, if it’s as a bricklayer or plasterer, civil engineer, architect or construction manager, every team member is as important as the next.  So whether your talent is working with your head or your hands, you can be sure there’s a career in construction for you.  Download the latest construction industry factsheet for Northern Ireland.

 This section of the website will give you an insight into the huge range of craft, technical and professional careers the construction industry has to offer and you’ll get an idea of what each job is like and what skills you’ll need to succeed.  There is also additional information on apprenticeships and guidance for careers teachers and parents.  

As a partner in the Sector Skills Council for Construction we work alongside CITB in Great Britain who have developed a recruitment and careers website called Go Construct. This is predominantly aimed at England, Scotland and Wales but much of it will be useful and of interest to individuals and businesses based in Northern Ireland.

     
 

Craft Roles

The construction industry covers a whole range of different craft roles including:

•Wood occupations – Site Joiner, Shop fitter, Wood Machinist
•Exterior occupations – Bricklayer, General Construction Operative
•Interior occupations – Painter and Decorator, Ceiling Fixer
•Specialist occupations – Thatcher, Roofer, Scaffolder
•Plant occupations – Plant Mechanic, Plant Operator.
 
Careers in construction craft roles suit people who are practical and are willing to work in a team. Craftspeople can also move into professional and technician roles. See More.....

Case Study

Martin McAlorum – Joiner & Business Owner

Apprentices are essential and vital for the future of the NI construction industry and can be an invaluable asset to any company.

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Progression Map

Progression Map
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Technical Roles

TechnicalA career in technical support can be exciting and varied.  It covers a broad range of disciplines and is an important part of the construction team by supporting the work of engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, etc.  They have to use practical knowledge, but do not necessarily carry out manual tasks.  Technical jobs in the sector range from estimator, buyer, building technician, civil engineering technician, plant technician, site inspector and design technician.

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Case Study

Neil Burns Gilbert-AshNeil Burns

Neil Burns is employed by Gilbert Ash (GA).Having grew up on a farm Neil developed an interest and love of working outdoors. As a result, learning practical skills and working within the construction industry seemed a natural progression for a career path. After applying for an apprenticeship scheme through CEF Neil was successful on gaining a place with Gilbert-Ash NI Ltd.
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Technical Occupations

Progression Map

Progression Map
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Professional Roles

ProfessionalConstruction offers a number of opportunities in this area. A lot of this type of work takes place before a project even gets to the physical building stage. Creative people, financial experts and legal professionals all play a part in gettinga project off the ground. Once the construction work begins,construction managers, engineers and surveyors organise all the people working on the site to ensure that what is built matches the original designs.
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As an organisation CITB NI works with Built Environment Professional, find out more here

Case Study

Paula Mc Closkey                                      
Paula McCloskey
Employer: Specialist Joinery Group                                                                             
Position: Marketing Director
Role: Pre-contract surveying, legals and business development work.                          

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Professional Occupations

Progression Map

Progression Map
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Apprenticeships - Information for Students


A guide to construction apprenticeships for students

Apprenticeships - Information for Employers

Apprenticeships - Information for Parents

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Resources

GCSE in Construction & the Built Environment Textbook
The CCEA GCSE in Construction & the Built Environment is delivered in 45 schools across Northern Ireland.  CITB NI has developed a textbook to support the delivery of  the qualification.  The textbook covers the specification of Units 1 and 2 with at least a chapter devoted to each major section of the specification.  The ‘Test your Knowledge’ questions are interspersed within the text throughout the book.

You can purchase your copy of the book by emailing publications@citbni.org.uk
GCSE in construction front cover

Essential Skills
CITB NI have developed a series of  Essential skills packs for  tutors to aid learning in communication, numeracy and ICT skills tailored to the construction industry.  Click here to view and download the full list.
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Parents, Careers Advisors & Educators

SchoolsNow more than ever there is a need to encourage young people to consider a career in construction.

Through Go Construct find information on how to apply, what qualifications are needed for certain roles and other useful marketing and careers resources.

This section of the website is aimed at parents/guardians or family members, Careers professionals or organisations, Learning Providers including schools, Higher Education, Further Education and training providers, Local and central government and Charites or community organisations

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CITB NI attend a series of careers events promoting careers in construction, click here to find out what events we will be attending.

Construction Ambassadors

CITB NI has developed a Construction Ambassador programme to help promote career opportunities in the construction industry and interact with potential new entrants into the industry.  The Ambassadors can inspire by telling their stories and sharing their experiences of working in the industry at school visits, careers events and job fairs.  For more information on Construction Ambassadors click here.

To request a Construction Ambassador to attend your school or attend an event click here.

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Advice and Guidance

Resources

GCSE in Construction & the Built Environment Textbook
The CCEA GCSE in Construction & the Built Environment is delivered in 45 schools across Northern Ireland.  CITB NI has developed a textbook to support the delivery of  the qualification.  The textbook covers the specification of Units 1 and 2 with at least a chapter devoted to each major section of the specification.  The ‘Test your Knowledge’ questions are interspersed within the text throughout the book.

You can purchase your copy of the book by emailing publications@citbni.org.uk
GCSE in construction front cover

Essential Skills
CITB NI have developed a series of  Essential skills packs for  tutors to aid learning in communication, numeracy and ICT skills tailored to the construction industry.  Click here to view and download the full list.
Essential-Skills-Numeracy-for-construction-students-L2_Page_001.jpg

Careers Videos

DVDCareers in the Built Environment DVD video. Click the image to see people at work in the Northern Ireland construction industry.

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CITB NI Women in Construction Video

Go Construct - Careers in Construction video

Construction Careers Guide

This careers guide provides a brief description of some of the craft, technical and professional opportunities within the construction industry. All these jobs form part of the team that makes the construction industry work together.