Because the industry is so varied and diverse, there is a vast array of career opportunities across the construction sector from operative level to apprentice to professional roles.
Entry into the construction sector is possible at all levels. Traineeships, apprenticeships and degree programmes all offer entry pathways.
The construction industry is thriving once again. Construction graduates and apprentices are in big demand so it is the perfect time to be considering a career in the industry in Ireland.
CIF is recognised as the representative body and voice of the construction industry and provide an online platform for young people considering apprenticeships in the construction sector.
Fergal Feehely is a Painter Decorator who took over the family business in 2008. After his Leaving Cert Fergal went on to complete a four year apprenticeship course in conjuntion with CIT, as well as a certificate in AutoCAD and a correspondence course in Robotics.
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In the current climate, tendering can be very difficult. It can be hard to ensure jobs are priced above cost and still within customers budgets.
There is a lot more to this occupation than people realise and there is always a problem you haven't yet encountered. An example would be damp issues or alkaline issues which need specialist knowledge to treat properly.
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