The construction industry remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, generating revenues of over £120 billion a year and employing 2.8 million people. Private housing remains the largest employment sector within the built environment.
The search for skilled professionals has been a challenge for several years, fuelled by the high level of staff movement that characterises a job-rich environment and the full pipeline of planned projects across the UK. Many organisations within the sector continue to increase the number of graduates each year to combat skill shortages.
The sector includes all graduate-level construction disciplines such as quantity surveying, construction management, civil and structural engineering, architecture etc. It includes all facets of the built environment and it covers sectors such as housing, commercial construction, infrastructure and regeneration.
The sector incorporates land development, investment, planning, technical, build, sales and customer service. In other words, this sector covers the entire property and construction project life cycle – through project proposal to designing projects and building them to selling them, investing in them and managing them afterwards.