Category: Construction

Sending Apprentices To America

James Hetfield CEO of Cornwall Builders explains why his company have decided to use the Jobs America scheme

Young people who have the tenacity to fly overseas to work will usually always turn into the most skilled builders we employ.

We think sending apprentices to America to work on the construction sites there is a massive bonus for their development.In order to become skilled and versatile in the building profession, getting to the states gives you that new experience. The building and construction industry requires a dynamic and multi skilled worker. Whether you are extending, renovating or doing a new build home for a developer, the amount of trades or “skills” to complete a job stacks up.

You might want to become a  bricklayer, a plasterer, build structural commercial buildings, become a roofer or home remodeling and refurbishments. The better aware you become, the more situations you have built and worked in and problem solved, the more valuable to an employer you will be.When I am selecting a new recruit for our company its is the experience, not the qualifications which are most important to me

Different Building techniques improves knowledge

Houses and buildings are created differently in the USA, construction processes are performed in multiple ways. Different products and materials are used and can be sourced in a new way to here in the UK.

“Getting involved with these different processes and learning how it is done in a different way to what is standard in the U.K, this will turn you into a better builder, a better roofer or a great plasterer, instead of just average like every other young recruit in our industry.”

Our apprentices have come back better builders after working in America, they have thoroughly enjoyed the work, and of course there is a chance to travel and have fun over there as well! Cornwall Builders is one of the leading building companies in our region because of the diversity and experience of our workforce.



3 safety tips for construction workers

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Career is very lucrative due to its high demand and good salary. However, the works are risky, and you should know the safety rules well. Here are four tips for construction workers.

Know the location of the first aid kit

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You must know where the first aid kit is kept so that you can grab it immediately when you need it. If you or your coworker is injured, you can use the kit quickly. The first aid kit should be kept somewhere visible and accessible. The kit should contain tapes, bandages, splints, sanitizing products, etc.

Make sure the equipment are in proper order

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You should make sure that all the equipment is in good working condition. The power tools must be set up properly. Regular maintenance of these works must be done. You should clean and lubricate the power tools regularly so that they don’t get damaged.

Wear safety gears all the time

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This is the easy way to avoid injury in the workplace. You should wear high visibility clothing for your safety. As the construction is full of noise high visibility clothing will prevent accidents. You should wear ear and eye protection.

You should try to avoid any careless actions in the workplace. You should eliminate distractions and focus on your job. You should be cautious about the safety of yourself and your fellow workers. By following the safety rules, you can avoid accidents and make the construction environment safe for the workers. You should always remind yourself about the safety of construction site.



Top 5 constructions job categories you can pursue

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The construction industry is in a good position. The trend looks upwards, and so there are lots of job opportunities available. Here are the top construction jobs that you can pursue.

Construction Manager

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This position is appropriate for someone who has an interest in building and design. A construction manager needs to work with a lot of people in the industry, including architects, engineers, cost estimators, and more. Construction managers must obtain work permits, solve emergency problems, hire contractors, etc.

Plumber

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Plumbers are always on demand. Whenever we need anything to be fixed in the bathroom or kitchen, we need a plumber. Plumbers know how to install and connect the piping and fixtures. They can either work individually or with a team. They facilitate water supply from pipes, bathtubs, sinks, showers, etc. They also ensure that water reaches your water heaters and dishwashers properly.

Electrician

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Electricians know how to design lighting systems, intercom systems, street lights and other electrical works. They know how to repair electrical wiring. If you want to be an electrician, you will have to go through four years of training first. Then you need to apply for licensing.

Cement Mason and Concrete Finisher

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These professionals help fix faulty foundation. They perform specialized masonry work with concrete. They also do decorative finished work for which they need to have design skills. They have a huge demand in this sector.

Carpenters

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Carpenters are needed for many construction-related jobs. They must have good mathematical skills as they need to calculate the wall heights and floor space. They have to do a lot of hard work to complete their work.

If you want to have a career in the property and construction industry, then you can consider any of these professions. They all have good demand in the job market.



5 tips for developing career in property and construction sector

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The property and construction sector is a very demanding place to build your career. There are lots of competitions here as the salary and job security is good. Here are some tips that can help you develop your career in property and construction sector.

Do your research

First, you should find out what property and construction are suitable for you. There are various skilled trades to choose from, which includes painters, engineers, carpenters, project managers, 3D modelers, etc. You should have an open mind when selecting the type of job you want to do. There are many job prospects in this sector as the skilled trades are scarce.

Do volunteer works

You can work as volunteer workers in construction companies besides your studies. This will give you the scope to get work experience as you study so that you will have better job opportunities in future.

Do research on the companies

You should do some research on the companies you want to work for. Before going to an interview, doing this research is a must. It will create a positive image for you. When you know what the employer wants, you can look into your capabilities and strengths to see if you can be a good fit for the job. You can ask advice from university’s career services regarding the job. Social media is a great tool for finding a job.

Try to have good reputation in the field

In the construction industry, it is important to build a good reputation. You should be punctual and honest with your work. If you say that you will deliver something, makes sure you do so. A person who sticks to their word can become a successful professional.

Work with different professionals

You should have the ability to work with teams of different disciplines. So, you must develop good communication skills so that you can work with multidisciplinary professionals.

You should follow this advice to pursue your career in the property and construction sector. There are huge job prospects out there. You just need to know how to grab the right opportunity.