Building a Career in Construction
Construction is one of the biggest industries to work in, both in the UK and worldwide. When many people consider construction, they think about trade-based jobs, such as bricklaying, plumbing, roofing and carpentry.
While these roles all hold great potential, there are also dozens of lesser-known job titles to consider that boast salaries on par with those earned by doctors, lawyers, teachers and engineers. At Phelan Construction, we’re keen to support any student and graduate who wants to embark on a career in construction and develop their skills for the future. There is a role for everyone.
In 2018, we joined the 5% club. This is a pledge that 5% of our workforce will consist of apprentices and graduates. We offer a variety of apprenticeship and work placement opportunities, as well as further academic and industry training for those already working within the Phelan team. We are also part of a number of initiatives aimed at supporting local schools and colleges in their curriculum, and enabling students to join Phelan for an apprenticeship.
As of 2018, Phelan Construction is thrilled to be sponsoring the new Construction Skills Centre at Colchester Institute’s Clacton Campus. The construction sector overall is in the midst of a serious nationwide skills shortage. This is causing increasing labour costs and limits to construction activity, and is predicted to only get worse.
At Phelan Construction, we take this industry-wide problem very seriously and decided to work with our local training provider and educator, Colchester Institute, to develop a tangible, practical solution that could help start tackling this problem in our local area. The Construction Skills Centre provides adult learners with trade-specific courses, for example in carpentry. We’re looking forward to working closely with Colchester Institute to continue to grow and establish this fantastic training facility for many more years to come.
COYO Adopt a School
Phelan is proud to have partnered with the COYO Adopt a School initiative to support Clacton Coastal Academy, alongside Ingleton Wood who specialise in building design and construction services. The COYO scheme has been developed and rolled out across the UK and beyond to address the serious lack of young British talent in the built environment.
The initiative utilises the collective influence of industry and academia to provide a unique opportunity to support students through the Design Engineer Construct!® suite of linked qualifications and industry/academic opportunities.
Design Engineer Construct!® provides a platform for the industry to take the lead in bridging professional skills gaps and inspire thousands of students. It provides an opportunity for genuine student engagement and practical opportunities, as well as recognised qualifications, resulting in a ‘home grown’ talent pipe of work-ready, knowledgeable young professionals.
Equal Opportunities with Phelan
Although construction has traditionally been seen as a male-dominated industry, we are committed to ensuring this changes for future generations. We have a number of women leading the way at Phelan, working as site managers, health & safety advisors, estimators and within trade roles on site.
If there’s a pathway you’re keen to follow, whether you are male or female, we will work hard at Phelan to help you achieve your potential, providing you with training, mentoring and support throughout your career.
Jordan Mallet, Trainee Contracts Manager
"Phelan initially provided me with training for IT competence. However, when I felt I needed a change in my career path, they showed trust in my potential. I was given a brilliant new mentor in Jason Davey and I’m being enrolled on another course that will be beneficial to my new role. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about my two-year run at Phelan so far and would recommend the Management Trainee Scheme to any young person looking to kick-start a progressive career."
Get in Touch
If you are interested in doing an apprenticeship with Phelan, please send your name and contact information, along with a written statement outlining your education and your reasons for wanting to do a construction apprenticeship to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications received are reviewed, after which successful applicants will be contacted for interview when an opportunity is available.