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Construction

There are over 170 roles in construction from planning and architecture, infrastructure and engineering, skilled trades, off-site manufacturing and property maintenance. The sector also has an important environmental role to play in achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Construction offers a range of well-paid, highly skilled jobs with plenty of opportunity for career progression. Projects within construction can include housing, general infrastructure, transport, water, energy, flooding, communications and even film-set construction.

Facts & Figures

£1.1 billion Per year to be spent on construction projects in Hertfordshire
46,350 Construction workers needed to fulfil demand
8% Of all employment in Hertfordshire is within Construction
9500 Registered construction businesses in Hertfordshire

Construction in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire has a booming construction industry. The 11 councils which make up Hertfordshire are planning to deliver 100,000 new homes by 2031, and plans are underway to invest into transport, infrastructure, schools, healthcare and more. With a spurt of new job opportunities set to arise from major development zones across the region (such as Hemel Garden Communities and Harlow and Gilston Garden Town), as well as projects needed to support construction’s role in reducing carbon emissions, it’s an exciting time to be working in the sector.

Here are some examples of Construction projects in Hertfordshire that you might be familiar with…….

Hertfordshire is home to a large number of construction employers ranging from large multi-national organisations including BAM, Morgan Sindall, Clarion Housing, Willmott Dixon, Align (the organisation responsible for HS2), Kier, AECOM, Skanska and Volker Vessels and smaller businesses who might operate in specialist areas such as Hertfordshire Building Control, MCP Property Maintenance, Green Building Design and AVV Solutions who specialise in building restoration.

There is also huge construction demand from London, as well as other areas close by, that will draw on the Hertfordshire workforce. Many workers within this industry are self-employed. To find out more about setting up in self-employment visit our Enterprise page.

Business start up HOP page

The construction industry also needs finance experts and administrators, sales, marketing and customer service support, human resources specialists and employees experienced in buying (procurement) and supply chain (logistics).

Hear from some of our Hertfordshire residents who have established their careers within the Construction industry in our HOP into Construction video:

Careers in the Construction Industry

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Job roles

Use the Go Construct career explorer tool which helps you find the right job roles which match your skills within the construction industry.

Then take a look at some job roles in the Construction and Trade Industries.  Use our careers directory to explore the main tasks within job roles and discover average salaries, learn about which qualifications you should consider studying and explore the current job and apprenticeship vacancies in Hertfordshire.

Training courses and qualifications

Here you can find the short courses and qualifications relevant to the Construction sector. 

 

Current courses

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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are one way to start a career in Construction. Go to our HOP pages on Apprenticeships for more information on how to become an apprentice. 

You can find out more detail on what each apprenticeship qualification involves through the Institute of Apprenticeships.

This link from Services for Young people features employers that offer apprenticeship schemes or other types of programmes for school and college leavers in building and construction on a national level.

Apprenticeships in Construction

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Higher Education

BSc (Hons) Construction Management is a part time course developed in close collaboration with Employers, Constructing Excellence and the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and delivered by the University College St Albans. For more information read more here.

Current Job Vacancies in Construction

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Construction

Explore jobs, apprenticeships, courses and career pathways within the construction industry in our Careers Directory