ON COURSE: Education Special: Think of a Career You Can Build on; the Construction Industry Is One of Britain's Largest Employers and It Keeps on Growing
ALL of us live in a building - we get up in the morning, switch on the light, the kettle, step into the shower, listen to the radio.
Then we head off for the day - by road or other transport to offices, schools, colleges and other premises.
And although we rarely pause to think in these terms it is the construction industry that has built up the communities where we all live.
Just imagine how dull the landscape would be without structures such as the Glasgow Science Centre on the banks of the Clyde or the amazing Falkirk Wheel.
One in 14 people in the UK work in construction and it's an industry - one of Britain's largest - that is looking for new people with all sorts of skills and abilities.
Further and higher education centres have a wide range of courses available that could lead to a career in construction, which is a challenging and rewarding industry.
It's a career that involves joining a team of specialist people all working together to build a strong, long-lasting future. It's definitely a career you can build on.
The industry has roles for a huge cast of professionals - from bricklayers to plasterers, civil engineers to architects, construction managers to joiners, estimators to glaziers, plant operators to plumbers, scaffolders to shopfitters, structural engineers to town planners.
It's a long list but every team member is just as important as the next.
The Construction Industry Training Board(CITB) stresses that there are hundreds of exciting and varied careers in the UK industry, which is also the country's biggest export and constantly growing. …