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Building, Construction & Property

This sector can be split into two areas, building, and construction which are the process of creating structures, which then become the second area of property. This is an extremely important and core sector of our environment.

Careers in this area are so varied and range from general site labouring up to technical and management roles.

A construction career really depends on how much physical or technical work you want and the level you decide you want to work at.

Construction can be divided into four main areas:

Construction Craft Workers – These jobs were referred to as ‘labourers‘ and regarded as unskilled roles but in today’s society they have become more specialised. Training for construction craft workers is sometimes offered ‘on the job’ but an approved, certified course is becoming the norm. There was a depletion of careers in this sector but during recent times, opportunities have greatly improved.

Trade Craftspeople – Roles like this include:

  • Brick and Stonelayer
  • Plasterer
  • Plumber
  • Electrician
  • Carpenter/joiner
  • Painter/Decorator
  • Tiler
  • Construction plant fitter
  • Fitter

Engineers & Surveyors – The main employers of engineers are consultants, who advise clients, develop designs and oversee projects, and contractors, who carry out building work. Surveyors are highly trained and experienced professionals who work across all aspects of the built and natural environment for a variety of employers.

Architects –  these are professionals in the sector who plan and develop designs for construction projects. Designing a building involves many steps:

  • Visiting and surveying the site;
  • Discussing with the clients what kind of building they want;
  • Developing a preliminary design for the building and refining it to make sure that it meets the clients’ needs and budget and complies with the regulations;
  • Applying for planning permission;
  • Preparing detailed drawings and specifications;
  • Obtaining quotes from builders;
  • Administering the contract between the client and the builder
  • Checking that the building is being constructed in accordance with the drawings;
  • Making sure that payments to the builder are in order.

Opportunities in the Building and Construction Sector will remain into the future, especially for those with a specialist and professional skills and qualifications.

There are three main aspects of a career in property and they are:

Commercial Property – This involves services related to the ownership and occupation of property used for commercial purposes, such as offices, shops, and warehouses. This is the biggest and most popular area but also the most competitive.

Residential Property – Services in this area include valuation, development, marketing, mortgage-broking and investment advice in housing development. This career option requires a third level education and most graduates will find a job as a Valuation surveyor, Property development surveyor, Property manager or Investment adviser.

Auctioneering – Auctioneers and Estate Agents are involved in the sale, letting, management and valuation of property. This is most suited to those interested in people and property.

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CIS is an online database that contains researched, up-to-date information on key building projects for all 32 counties of Ireland. Our highly experienced research team report on key construction projects in great detail to ensure your business can make important decisions quickly and generate the right leads for your pipeline.

CIS Online is compatible with all mobile and tablet devices meaning you’ll always have the latest project opportunities with you no matter where you are!

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CIF is the Irish construction industry’s representative body. All stakeholders recognise the CIF as the voice for construction because each sector and region are represented.

The CIF successfully shapes policy for its members and focuses on:

  • Public capital spending programmes
  • Public sector procurement contracts, policies and procedures
  • Ensuring regulation is smart, targeted and effective
  • Improving access to finance for SMEs
  • Ensuring there are adequate skills to support growth
  • Enhancing the reputation of sector

CIF is member-led organisation through its 34 member Executive Committee. All members of this committee and other policy-groups are appointed from and by the CIF’s branches and associations. The executive committee directs a team of executives, subject matter experts and support staff in pursuing the objectives of the CIF’s committees, associations and branches.

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