Seeing as the economy is continuing to enjoy steady progress and growth, more and more job opportunities have materialised in the field of construction. But while this industry employs a wide range of occupations and professions, there is particular demand for builders.
This has the potential to be a thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable career. Not only do builders work on a variety of different projects, they also benefit from seeing their work come together from scratch.
But what does it take to become a builder? Here with a quick guide is Book a builder UK, the online directory for BUILDERS in Essex and the surrounding areas across the UK.
Entry and skill requirements
Regardless of whether you left school with no qualifications or managed to achieve a university degree, you can still become a builder, as most organisations are more concerned with on-the-job experience.
If you have not previously worked in construction, then you might need to start at the bottom and make your way up or apply for an apprenticeship and earn while you learn.
Skills that are highly advantageous in the building trade include:
- The ability to multitask
- Strong co-ordinations and communication skills
- Able to work alone or as part of a team
- Attention to detail
- Good timekeeping
There are always ongoing opportunities to improve your expertise too. However, be aware that additional training courses can take many years to complete and usually combine classroom teaching with on-site experience.
Typical projects and duties
From small maintenance jobs to building a house extension, the potential projects this job can bring about are vast. However, the main areas of construction are:
- Public and private housing
- Industrial and commercial
- Non-residential public properties
- Repair and maintenance
Daily activities are dependent on your experience and ability, but those at the bottom of the ladder can expect to carry out tasks such as:
- Preparing and cleaning areas ready for construction
- Helping to deliver and distribute supplies
- Assisting workers with equipment and on small tasks
- Assembling and disassembling equipment like scaffolding
- Learning new skills from experienced workers
Duties will grow in both frequency and importance as you progress. As the years go by, more senior positions such as site foreman or project manager will eventually be within reach as well.
Hours, income, and conditions
Most builders will work a 40-hour week, but certain projects (such asroad works) take place at night to cause as little disruption to the general public as possible. There is usually overtime and weekend work opportunities too.
Builders that have just started out can expect to take home around £22,000 or perhaps more in the Essex area, which will increase according to experience or if you secure a more senior position. Self-employed builders benefit from the ability to set their own rates and choose their own clients.
Owing to the risky nature of most construction environments, you will need to comply with strict health and safety regulations. However, employers have a legal duty to provide you with the necessary information, training and equipment to keep you free from harm.
To find a reputable builder check out Book A Builder UK where you will find a directory of builders available in your local area under one roof