The events of the last four years or so have hit none harder than those in the construction industry. As a result, many of those in the trade who have been adversely affected will want,or need, to develop their skill set, increase their range of career options, and perhaps even to carve out a new niche for themselves in their profession. Enrolling on a part-time Construction Course is an ideal way of achieving this.
A favourite spot for many builders to begin this upskilling process is Dublin Institute of Technology (on Cathal Brugha St). Courses such as Construction Technology – which is of three years’ duration – give students a solid foundation (we promise to keep the building-related puns to a minimum here!) in construction management and technology. Graduates of this course typically find employment as site technicians, quantity surveyors, programmers, or site managers.
No matter what level of expertise you are currently at, however, it is always worth brushing up on your knowledge of on-site health & safety practices. Construction sites are, by their nature, potentially hazardous environments to work in: heavy equipment, high voltage areas, debris – there are plenty of Final-Destination-type set-pieces just waiting to befall those who tempt fate through either recklessness or ignorance. Luckily though, the Construction Industry Federation runs a number of construction-centred safety awareness and first aid courses designed to help keep even the most feckless and accident prone among us out of harm’s reach. For something slightly apart from the norm, ACS Distance Learning runs a Healthy Buildings (Building Construction & Health) Programme. The course examines the impact of building characteristics upon human health, covering elements such as Construction Techniques, Electrical Wiring, and Ergonomics – very useful information to have if you wish your career to be a long and healthy one.
Did you know?
Preparing the venues for the 2012 summer Olympics in London was a pretty big operation. How big? Well let’s just say that, in all, some 75,000 firms were involved throughout the process. It didn’t come cheap either: the price of the London Aquatics Centre alone was somewhere in the region of £6 billion.