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Construction Trades


Over 100,000 new houses are being built in the UK each year, the demand for construction skills within employment are the highest they have been. The industry is in need of trained individuals to support the growing industry as it continues to thrive in the UK. 

Oaklands College are at the cutting-edge of construction, with courses designed to help students get into and progress within the industry, whilst equipping them with industry standard skills and qualifications, Oaklands tutors work closely with the industry to structure courses to suit the needs of the student and the ever-changing environment. 

Taught by highly experienced tutors in dedicated construction facilities at the St Albans Campus, which include bespoke training bays and industry standard workshops. 

 

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How Are They Different?

A bricklayer is responsible for building and repairing items such as chimney stacks, walls, tunnel linings and decorative work like archways. A brickworks course will help you learn to use blocks, including bricks and mortar to set out buildings and in line with approved construction plans. A bricklayer is therefore a career choice that is quite secure.

A Building Maintenance job will require skills to be developed in a variety of disciplines to successfully evaluate, repair and maintain areas such as plumbing and electrical  in the building and be able to successfully take command of different tools. You'll become an expert in maintaining fire, carbon monoxide, smoke and other safety systems within the structure; whilst complying with access control regulations. This job is vital for any building work.

Construction workers are responsible for a number of on-site tasks, such as removing debris, erecting scaffolding, loading and unloading building materials, assisting with operating heavy equipment. This job requires a level of physical fitness too as you'll be on your feet a lot whilst working on construction sites. The job is paramount on a construction site as it ensures safety of the construction and those working on it. 

A joiner is a skilled tradesperson who works with wood to create different fixtures, fittings and constructions which are then used in a myriad of different ways. They are very important to the construction industry making many of the materials a carpenter will then install it on a construction site. Joiners connect wood together to form things such as stairs and trusses and often work without screws or metal fasteners. It’s a job which requires attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy. A Carpenter will then install in on the site. 

Many items are completed by a joiner and carpenter so having both these skills will aid you in becoming a skilled person that is highly sought after.

With a skill in Electrical Installation you'll be able to secure a job in creating, maintaining and repairing the electronic components and equipment used in any equipment or device that involves electricity. They can sometimes work with electricians or electrical engineers, or work on site to keep machinery and specialty equipment running correctly. With almost every building needing electrical power, communications, lighting and a control system to be installed and maintained your skills will be very sought after.  

A plumber's job is to have the knowledge to identify problems, decide and solve issues to do with installation, maintaining and repairing pipes and fixtures. These are usually associated with residential and commercial items such as heating, cooling, water distribution, and sanitation systems. A plumber will have the skills to successfully fix domestic appliances, such as dishwashers and gas cookers. The skills learnt allow a plumbing tradesman to inspects drainage and other plumbing systems for compliance with local and national regulations. These skills are important in any residential or commercial building and is therefore an important job.  


Online Advice and Support 

General Advice

http://www.constructionsupport.co.uk/trades/

https://targetcareers.co.uk/

Salary

https://www.tradesmansaver.co.uk/salary

https://job-prices.co.uk/day-rates/

Blogs and News


https://www.building.co.uk/

https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/

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