Not sure if civil engineering is for you? We’ve got the answers…
If you’re considering a career in civil engineering but aren’t sure if you’ll be able to find a role to suit you, don’t panic. Think you need a degree to get started? Think again. As this industry requires workers with a range of skills and abilities, your options might be broader than you think.
We spoke to the experts at Fixit, the UK’s only training centre that provides guaranteed employment on successful completion of their courses, to find out some of the top reasons to consider a career in civil engineering:
1. Now’s a great time to get into the industry
With £500bn worth of civil engineering projects in the pipeline over the next few years, there’s never been a better time to get involved.
Aside from redevelopments across all major UK cities, civil engineering professionals will also be needed for projects like HS2, Crossrail 2, regional rail and motorway expansion, as well as plans for ten nuclear power stations.
And, as there are a number of jobs that make up the civil engineering industry, there’s bound to be something to suit you and your skillset.
2. You don’t need a degree
Whilst most civil engineering roles will require candidates to have a degree, you won’t always need to carry out academic study to land a job in this field.
For example, steel fixing and form working roles are a great entry into the industry; primarily because they don’t require any qualifications or experience to get started.
These sought-after workers are involved with the construction of all reinforced concrete structures (e.g. bridges, power stations, shopping centres and apartment blocks), making them a vital part of building commercial, industrial or residential structures.
Although these roles won’t require a degree, a specialist course could improve your chances of being considered – some of which will even provide you with pre-employment training, as well as a guaranteed job or apprenticeship upon completion.
3. There’s a high earning potential
Civil engineering can be a lucrative field – meaning an attractive salary could be well within your reach.
Specific salary expectations will depend on the job you do, but even those working without a degree could benefit from an attractive income of up to £35,000 with experience.
In fact, if you take a pre-employment course in steel fixing or form working, you could be earning £10-15 per hour with the potential to earn £45,000 once qualified.
4. You’ll gain new skills
No matter what area of civil engineering you choose to work in, you’ll be gaining a range of invaluable skills and practical abilities.
Not only will this make you an attractive candidate for a number of roles in civil engineering, you could also choose to utilise your skills and train further in alternative fields – from manufacturing to construction.
For instance, by training as a Formworker, you’ll become a highly skilled construction joiner with a sound knowledge of woodworking and technical drawings, whilst Steel Fixers will gain practical skills in the construction of a variety of structures.
You’ll also develop useful skills in coordination, problem solving, critical thinking and more.
5. There are multiple development opportunities
Once you’ve landed a job in civil engineering, there’s nowhere to go but up.
Whether you want to progress to a supervisory and management position or you’re interested in the design and technical aspects of civil engineering, gaining experience and qualifications is all it takes to move up.
Apprenticeships and NVQ levels are also easily accessible for those who’ve joined the field without a degree.
Why study with Fixit?
Fixit is the only independent training provider to offer core specialist training in steel fixing and form working in a unique and practical training centre.
They also promise to place you in full-time work upon successful completion of their pre-employment training courses, with any unemployed graduates guaranteed to get their money back.
Other benefits of studying with Fixit include:
- Courses offered across the UK
- The only training centre which has employers ready and waiting to employ you
- They’ll put you on the right career path with an achievable salary of £45,000 to £50,000
- You’ll be trained by experts to learn a trade the right way
- You’ll benefit from learning at a purpose-built simulated building site training centre
Want to learn more about how a qualification could help your career? Enquire now.
Fixit are dedicated to helping people enhance their skills and find work, providing courses in construction, health and safety, management, and pre-employment training.
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