From the start of 2017, the UK construction industry is vamping up building activity as last month the government announced more than £500 billion worth of infrastructure investment. This will be money that will benefit everything from the country’s development environment to its communications networks.
This means that companies are now widening their net to outside the traditional areas of talent required. Instead of labour based roles, a new group of engineers need to be attracted to the industry to fill the gaps created for civil development based plans.
With large construction projects such as the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail network and the creation of the Hinkley C nuclear plant beginning throughout 2017, a huge variety of skills will be required. From construction and tunneling specialists to highly skilled advanced nuclear engineers, there are a lot of plans in place that will generate a wealth of new construction jobs for a sector that has previously struggled for work.
Whilst this will be music to the ears of Civil Engineers up and down the country, because of the huge amount of positions becoming available, there will still be a significant skills gap across the sector.
To help bridge this gap, later this year a number of universities including the University of Doncaster and University of Birmingham will be opening new institutions to provide industry-led training for 1,265 school-leavers, career-changers and established professionals.
When asked about the changes and developments for engineering job roles within the construction sector, Brendan Howarth, Managing Director at engineering recruitment specialist Recruitment Solutions, had this to say:
‘Whilst there will be a lot of new Graduates and apprentices wanting to build a career within civil engineering because of the influx of roles available, they should first consider which sector they are most interested in working in and then reach out to the consultancies hiring within that sector. For more senior and experienced engineers looking to move into a different infrastructure sector, working with a recruitment consultant can help facilitate this progression as some consultancies are more hesitant than others about hiring engineers from other sectors.
To find out about the wide range of roles that we have available in the engineering sector or to progress your engineering career with us, please visit http://www.rec-solutions.net/index.php/candidates-jobs/professional-engineering