The Role of Robotics in Modern Construction: Pros & Cons for Construction Workers

The Role of Robotics in Modern Construction: Pros & Cons for Construction WorkersThe construction industry is undergoing a transformative shift with the integration of robotics, a development that’s poised to revolutionize how projects are executed. From enhancing efficiency to reshaping job roles, the impact of robotics in construction is profound and multifaceted. In this blog post, well delve into how robotics is being incorporated into construction sites and the significant changes it brings to the industry and its workers.

The Emergence of Robotics in Construction

Robotics technology has made substantial inroads into various industries, and construction is no exception. The adoption of robotics in construction is driven by the need to improve productivity, enhance safety, and address labour shortages. These robotic systems range from autonomous machinery for heavy lifting to precision robots for intricate tasks, all contributing to a more efficient construction process.

Types of Robotics in Construction

  1. Autonomous Heavy Equipment
    Bulldozers and Excavators: Bulldozers and Excavators: Autonomous bulldozers and excavators are equipped with GPS, sensors, and AI to perform tasks such as digging and grading with minimal human intervention. These machines can work tirelessly and with high precision, reducing the time and cost associated with manual operation.
  2. Drones
    Surveying and Inspection: Drones are increasingly used for surveying large construction sites, capturing aerial images, and creating detailed 3D maps. They are also essential for inspecting hard-to-reach areas, ensuring safety and reducing the need for manual inspections.
  3. Bricklaying Robots
    SAM (Semi-Automated Mason): SAM can lay bricks at a much faster rate than human workers. It can handle repetitive tasks with high accuracy, allowing human workers to focus on more complex aspects of construction.
  4. Concrete Robots
    3D Concrete Printing: These robots can print entire structures layer by layer, offering unparalleled design flexibility and reducing material waste. This technology is especially useful for creating complex shapes and bespoke designs that would be challenging to achieve with traditional methods.
  5. Robotic Arms
    Precision Tasks: Robotic arms are employed for tasks requiring high precision, such as welding, painting, and assembly. They ensure consistency and quality, reducing errors and rework.

Pros for Construction Workers

The integration of robotics in construction is enhancing job opportunities for construction workers, reshaping roles, and creating new career paths while transforming traditional tasks.

  1. Enhanced Safety and Efficiency
    Robots can take over dangerous and physically demanding tasks, significantly reducing the risk of accidents and injuries on construction sites. This shift not only enhances worker safety but also improves overall site efficiency.
  2. Skill Development
    As robots take on more routine tasks, construction workers are required to develop new skills to operate, program, and maintain these advanced machines. This shift is fostering a new breed of construction professionals who are adept at both manual and technological aspects of the job.
  3. Job Creation
    Contrary to the fear that robots might replace human jobs, the rise of robotics is creating new employment opportunities. There is a growing demand for technicians, programmers, and engineers who specialize in robotics and automation technologies.
  4. Collaborative Work Environment
    Robots are being designed to work alongside human workers, enhancing productivity through collaboration. This human-robot partnership is enabling construction teams to complete projects faster and with greater accuracy.

Efficiency Gains

The introduction of robotics in construction is driving efficiency gains that are transforming project timelines and costs. Here are some key benefits:

  1. Increased Productivity
    Robots can operate continuously without fatigue, significantly increasing the speed of construction activities. This continuous operation is especially beneficial for projects with tight deadlines.
  2. Precision and Quality
    Robots perform tasks with a high degree of accuracy, ensuring consistency and reducing the likelihood of errors. This precision leads to higher quality construction and less rework.
  3. Cost Savings
    By automating repetitive and labour-intensive tasks, robots help reduce labour costs and material waste. These savings can be reinvested into other aspects of the project, enhancing overall project value.
  4. Scalability
    Robotic systems can be easily scaled up or down to meet the demands of different project sizes. This flexibility allows construction firms to efficiently manage resources and adapt to changing project requirements.

Cons for Construction Workers

  1. Job Displacement Concerns
    Fear of Automation: One of the primary concerns is the potential loss of jobs due to automation. Workers may worry that robots will replace them, leading to job insecurity.
    Skill Gaps: Workers who do not have the opportunity to upskill or adapt to new technologies may find themselves at a disadvantage, facing challenges in securing employment.
  2. Training Adaptation
    Learning Curve: Adapting to new robotic technologies requires training and education, which can be time-consuming and demanding, especially for workers who are less familiar with digital tools.
    Initial Investment: Employers may need to invest in training programs, and workers might need to spend time away from their regular duties to attend these training sessions.
  3. Human Robot Interaction
    Collaboration Challenges: Integrating robots into the workforce requires effective collaboration between human workers and machines. Miscommunication or lack of coordination can lead to inefficiencies or safety issues.
    Dependence on Technology: Over-reliance on robotics could lead to potential issues if the technology fails or malfunctions, requiring workers to step in and manage situations without robotic assistance.
  4. Changing Work Dynamics
    Shift in Job Nature: The nature of construction work is changing, with more emphasis on technology and less on traditional manual labour. This shift may not appeal to all workers, particularly those who prefer hands-on construction tasks.
    Impact on Wages: While some workers may see wage increases due to higher skill requirements, others might face wage stagnation or reduction if their roles become less essential or if there is a surplus of workers with traditional skills.

Conclusion

The future of robotics in construction looks promising, with continuous advancements in technology paving the way for even more innovative applications. From fully automated construction sites to smart cities built with robotic precision, the possibilities are endless. As robotics technology evolves, it will continue to enhance the construction industry’s efficiency, safety, and quality, making it an integral part of modern construction practices.

By automating repetitive tasks, improving safety, and increasing efficiency, robotics is setting new standards for construction practices. As the industry continues to embrace these technological advancements, the future of construction looks brighter, more innovative, and remarkably efficient. Embracing robotics today means building a stronger, smarter, and safer tomorrow.

FBR – Specialised Recruitment for Construction, Residential, Civil Engineering, and Trades in the South East of England
Serving the South East, Home Counties, and South Coast of the UK, FBR Recruitment is dedicated to matching skilled professionals with top-tier employers. Our extensive service area includes Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, East & West Sussex, and Middlesex. Whether you are a construction contractor, a housing developer, a civil engineering contractor, an M&E project manager or a job seeker, FBR Recruitment is here to fulfil all your construction staffing needs. Contact us today for expert recruitment services — we’re here to support your success.

Navigating the Construction Job Market with FBR: Guidance, Insights & Answers

In the ever-evolving landscape of the construction industry, both clients and candidates often find themselves seeking guidance and clarity amidst a sea of questions and uncertainties. At FBR Recruitment we understand the challenges faced by both parties and strive to provide the expertise and support needed to navigate these waters effectively.

Specialized Expertise Across Construction Divisions:
In the dynamic world of construction, each sector presents unique challenges and demands specific expertise. At FBR Recruitment, we understand the importance of specialized knowledge and tailored solutions for different divisions within the construction industry. That’s why we’ve built a team of consultants with years of experience specializing in various construction sectors, ensuring comprehensive coverage and expert guidance for our Clients and Candidates.

  1. Trades & Labour
    Our Trades & Labour team Alex Wing, Richard Barnes, Laura Stalonczyk and Kasia Mirowska specialize in sourcing skilled tradespeople and labourers for a wide range of construction projects. From carpenters and electricians to plumbers and general labourers, they ensure that our clients have access to the reliable and competent workforce needed to keep their projects on schedule and within budget.
  2. Residential Developers
    Our consultants, Tom Flood and Cameron Whitley, bring extensive experience to the table, particularly in identifying talent for Residential Development projects. Their years of expertise enable them to grasp the intricate demands of residential construction. Consequently, they are adept at connecting developers with professionals who have the necessary skills and knowledge to consistently achieve high-quality results.
  3. Main Contractors
    For Main Contractors overseeing large-scale construction projects, our specialized consultants, Mark Ritchie and Jess Angel, deliver tailored recruitment solutions to address their staffing requirements. Drawing upon their extensive industry knowledge and networks, they excel in sourcing a wide range of talent, including project managers, site supervisors, and skilled tradespeople.
  4. Civil Engineering
    Our consultant, Alan Lung, specializes in recruiting civil engineers and professionals for infrastructure projects, encompassing roads, bridges, and utilities. With his profound understanding of Civil Engineering principles and project requirements, Alan assists clients in identifying candidates with the technical expertise and project management skills necessary to tackle complex civil engineering projects effectively.
  5. Mechanical & Engineering
    In the Mechanical and Engineering sector, our consultant Luke Wing specializes in talent sourcing for projects. With extensive experience collaborating with mechanical contractors and engineering firms, Luke excels in identifying professionals with the specialized skills and qualifications necessary for mechanical and engineering projects of all sizes.

Popular Inquiry Topics Addressed:

  1. Temporary and Permanent Positions
    For temporary roles, inquiries often revolve around duration and compensation. We ensure transparency by providing clear details on contract lengths and competitive pay rates.
    Similarly, for permanent positions, Candidates seek information on salary packages and benefits. We work closely with Clients to outline comprehensive offers, addressing both financial compensation and additional perks.
  2. Remote Work Opportunities
    With the rise of remote work, candidates often inquire about the possibility of telecommuting in permanent roles. While not all positions may offer remote options, we collaborate with clients to accommodate flexible work arrangements whenever feasible.
  3. Market Insights and Future Opportunities
    Clients and candidates alike are eager to understand the current market landscape and anticipate future trends. Our team stays abreast of industry developments, providing valuable insights on market conditions and potential growth areas.
  4. Anticipating Market Recovery
    Amidst recent challenges such as site shortages and redundancies, there’s a growing curiosity about market recovery timelines. We leverage our industry expertise to forecast market shifts and anticipate increased activity in construction projects.

Supporting Clients and Candidates:

  1. Client Assistance
    Our commitment to client satisfaction goes beyond simply filling vacancies. We provide essential market intelligence, assist in crafting compelling job descriptions, and offer guidance on competitive salary ranges and package inclusions.
  2. Candidate Support
    From career advice to navigating complex payroll structures, we’re dedicated to supporting candidates at every stage of their job search journey. We offer personalized guidance on CV preparation, interview techniques, and even lend a listening ear when needed.

Addressing Industry Misconceptions:
While our competitors may focus on showcasing achievements, we take pride in our genuine approach. Whether it’s our partnerships, market movements, or core values, we remain transparent and authentic in our communications. At FBR we’re not just about filling roles – we’re about building lasting connections and empowering careers.

As the construction industry continues to evolve, FBR remains steadfast in our commitment to providing unparalleled support and expertise. Whether you’re a client seeking top talent or a candidate pursuing new opportunities, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Reach out to us today and experience the FBR difference.

Spotlight on Women in Construction: Firsthand Insights from FBR's Female Candidates.


Celebrating Women in Construction Week! This is a time to recognize and celebrate the invaluable contributions of women in the Construction Industry. Despite being historically male-dominated, women have been breaking barriers, shattering stereotypes, and making strides in various roles within the Construction sector.

In this special blog edition, we’ve had the privilege of interviewing several of our inspiring female candidates. Their stories, experiences and insights shed light on the challenges they’ve overcome, the successes they’ve achieved, and advice for women looking to get into construction.

Interview 1:

Meet Emma Arnold, currently working as an Assistant Site Manager placed by one of our Consultants, Cameron Whitley.

What is your role and what does it entail?
Assistant Site Manager – My job role is to help the Site Manager in delivering construction projects to completion. I generally supervise the project from 1st fix through to handover, this includes organising both trades and materials while also making sure that health and safety regulations are adhered to at all times.

What has it been like being a woman in construction, and how do you see the industry changing?
I have worked in the construction industry for almost 9 years now and I have never had any problems with being the only woman on a site. I think that women on construction sites is becoming more common and generally most men are not concerned about this, I do believe it is down to the individuals you come across rather than the industry as a whole.

What advice would you give other women looking to start a career in Construction?
My advice would be to just go for it, most of the men I’ve come across are more scared of you than you are of them.

Experience on working with me and FBR Recruitment in general.
I first dealt with Cameron from FBR last year when I got made redundant from my previous role, he was very helpful and friendly. He helped me find a new job within one month so my unemployment time was to a minimum.

Interview 2:

Meet Emma Richards, a Contracts Manager placed by FBR.

What is your role and what does it entail?
Contracts Manager for a fit-out and refurbishment company which involves raising orders for sub-contractors, suppliers and materials for each project, material take-offs, putting together the Health & Safety paperwork and site plans as well as liaising with clients, designers/architects and site teams. Projects can range from empty offices to live, multi-occupancy buildings and sites.

What has it been like being a woman in construction, and how do you see the industry changing?
I began in the construction industry back in 2000 starting with an NVQ 3 in Carpentry & Joinery, from there working as a machinist making doors, windows, frames and kitchens etc. I then decided to look into Site/Contracts Management completing various qualification and gaining valuable experience mainly within the shop fitting and fit-out sectors. I have been very fortunate to have worked with some amazing people and companies that have both been supportive and encouraging throughout my career.

The industry has changed a lot over the years and will continue to do so. It is already working hard to encourage more women to pursue a rewarding career within the sector. There’s much more consideration taken and provisions put in place on site as standard and there is now much more choice in site clothing, boots and PPE etc. which is really encouraging. I certainly look forward to the next 20 years and seeing how much further we can progress as an industry.

What advice would you give other women looking to start a career in Construction?
If it’s something you would like to do and are passionate about just go for it, don’t over think it, there really are so many options and avenues you can follow, something to suit everyone from cost management, site management, engineering, trades, designing, architecture, health and safety etc. If you look for the opportunities, they are there to take, be pro-active and enjoy!

Conclusion

As we conclude this blog honouring Women in Construction, we extend our gratitude to the women who shared their stories and insights. These journeys serve as reminders of the resilience, strength, and talent that women bring to the Construction Industry every day.

If you’re a female looking for work within the Construction Industry, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Or to browse some of our current available jobs visit our Jobs Board.

Let’s continue to champion diversity, promote inclusivity, and create opportunities for women to thrive in Construction and beyond.

Together, we can build a brighter, more equitable future for all.

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We are a recruitment agency serving the South East, Home Counties & South Coast of the UK, including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, East & West Sussex and Middlesex. Whether you are a construction contractor, housing developer, civil engineering contractor, client or job-seeking candidate, contact FBR Recruitment for all construction recruitment and staff requirements — we’ll be very happy to help you.

Knowing what questions you should ask during your interview for a construction role is key.

The interview process can be stressful for everyone. Knowing what questions you should ask during your interview for a construction role is key. 

If you are applying for several jobs, and most people do, be sure to curate your questions to suit each role and company. However, there are some more generic questions that you can use as building blocks to create your interview question deck. 

If you are wondering what questions construction companies will ask you, read more in our recent blog. 

Keep reading to see what questions you should ask during your interview for a construction job role.

What would your working schedule look like?

All companies work differently and it is important to know what your working schedule would look like. Knowing what your working schedule would be will help you make an informed decision as to whether or not the role works for your own personal circumstances. 

In an ever-changing world, working behaviours and patterns have shifted. More and more workers favour a flexible schedule and it’s important to know if this is possible for you.

Ask about current and upcoming projects

Ask the recruiter or hiring manager about any current projects they are working on or upcoming projects. This will give you an idea of what type of client the company has as well as shows your interest in the company. 

What additional training and support is offered?

Knowing what additional training and support is available to you is essential in any role. Particularly within construction companies. There are many new tools and techniques that are introduced within the construction industry, it is important to keep up to date with the training. 

It is important to make sure the company you are working for offers you training and support as this helps your career progression and grows your skills. 

Is there any career progression

Ask about the potential career progression you could expect when you take on a role within a construction company. This shows you are interested in moving forwards with your career and helping grow the company in general. 

Additionally, you can ask what the career progression of current employees has been. If team members are staying within the company and progressing further it’s all green flags. 

Why is the position open?

If you’re feeling bold why not ask them why they are recruiting for the position you have applied for? It could be risky but in the current jobs market taking a chance and seeing why companies are recruiting could provide you with insight into the business. 

Of course, there is always a right way to ask these questions, make sure you build up to the question and be tactful. No potential employer wants an interviewee to imply people don’t want to work at the company. 

It’s no secret that the construction industry is a fast-paced environment, knowing what to expect of the company you are interviewing with is essential in making the right decision for you. 

At FBR we work with many candidates from preparing to apply for jobs and interview preparation. If you are looking for a new role within the construction industry visit our jobs board today or contact our team of construction recruitment experts.



there are many different types of questions you will be asked during an interview

There are only so many ways to prepare for an interview. Knowing what questions you will be asked during an interview for a construction role is one of them. While we can’t predict what a potential employer will ask you, we do have a few common questions that you can prepare for.

At the end of the day, make sure you answer the questions as best you can and just be yourself. The right company is out there and everyone can find the best job to suit them. Let’s look at the different types of questions you will be asked during your interview for a construction role. 

Opening questions in an interview for a construction role

Like all interviews, there will be a few basic questions that a potential employer will ask you. It’s always best to prepare for as many different types of questions as possible, however, each interview is different and some interviewers may throw out a curve ball. 

Tell me about yourself

The one question that everyone dreads but is probably the most common question employers will ask. For whatever reason this question is always asked during an interview so it’s best to prepare for it. 

What experience do you have

If a potential employer has read your CV then they should already know, however, a CV has been carefully curated. So asking directly what experience you have provides the interviewer with details you may have missed out or you can expand upon your CV. 

What specific qualifications do you have

Again, while these may be listed on your CV it can give you the chance to expand in your qualifications. Think of ways you can include additional qualifications and how those provide transferable skills. Always look for ways to improve and expand on your CV, show them your personality while you do this.

Further questions you will be asked during a construction role interview

Interviews aren’t always so prescriptive. You will be asked many questions in particular about past projects you have worked on. If you have yet to gain experience in the construction industry, don’t worry about it too much. Look for projects you have done that can provide the interviewer with an insight into your work ethic and any crossover skills you have. 

Tell us about a favourite project

Prepare the details of your most favourite project to have worked on. Think about why it was your favourite, perhaps it was a prestigious project or the results had a positive impact for the customer. Whatever your reasoning, think about projects you’ve worked on and your involvement in them. 

What has been a difficult project you’ve worked on? 

Don’t be worried about being asked about difficult projects. A difficult project doesn’t have to be one that went wrong from start to finish, but could be a project that provided many barriers you had to overcome. This is a great question for you to showcase your critical thinking skills as you explain the barriers and difficulties and the decisions you made to complete the project. 

Explain how you have overcome problems during a project or task

This question isn’t supposed to trap you or trick you into thinking you aren’t equipped for the job. Knowing how you have overcome problems and how you deal with them is key for many industries. After all, nothing ever goes as planned and knowing you are capable of problem solving is a desired skill for many employers. 

Ultimately there are many different types of questions you will be asked during an interview. Each company will tailor their interview questions to suit the specific job role they are recruiting for. The key is to know your own skills and prepare yourself. That is the key to successful interviews. 

If you are looking for your next job in construction speak to our expert recruitment agents now. FBR has worked with construction companies across the UK and placed amazing talent in the right job roles. View our jobs board now or contact us for more information. 



we have many pieces of advice for first time construction workers

Here at FBR, we have many pieces of advice for first time construction workers that we want to share. The construction industry is one of the oldest industries around. Since the beginning of time, there has always been a need for construction workers. While the construction landscape may look different it is still vital and important as ever to our society. 

For first time construction workers it can be daunting to begin working in this ever changing industry. Here at FBR, we have some important advice to pass on to those who are just starting out in their construction careers. 

Say yes to every opportunity given 

It is important to learn as much as possible in your first role. This is why any opportunity you are given in your first construction job role is key. Say yes and enjoy the new opportunities and experiences you are given

Qualifications and training days 

When working in any industry it is important to always consider your own personal qualifications and certifications. Asking for training opportunities and qualifications not only helps put you on the right track for your desired career, but it also shows your willingness to learn new skills. This is great for employers as they want their employees to be eager to learn and use those skills to their advantage within the business. Qualifications and training opportunities benefit you as well as your employer. 

Find a mentor 

Working in construction is hard work. That is why finding a mentor you can learn from is beneficial. When you find someone you connect with you can learn from their own skills and experiences as well as ask them any questions you may have. A mentor will be invaluable as you grow within your construction role.

Do your research 

There are many roles within the construction industry. It is important to understand which roles are available to you and where you would like to be working within the next five years. Having an understanding of the industry and what roles you can do as well as where you want your career to go will help you in the long run. Do your research and know what roles and responsibilities are required for each position you are interested in. 

Stay hydrated 

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it is so important to remember that construction work is physically demanding. That means you need to make sure you look after your body and stay hydrated and make sure you eat! Construction sites will have facilities available to you but being prepared is always the best option. 

Safety is key

Construction sites are busy places. Whether you are working on a residential project or other types of construction work, there will always be machinery and equipment around. Accidents can happen which is why you need to make sure to wear all necessary PPE and follow the site safety rules set out at the beginning of the project. 

If you have any concerns regarding site safety, report these to the site supervisor or manager to have them resolved. 

Ultimately the construction industry is a fast paced environment with masses of opportunities to grow and learn. Hard work is always rewarded, as well as following best practices and safety procedures. 

Are you looking for a career in construction? Here at FBR, our recruitment agents have a wide range of experience recruiting for construction roles. Contact our team today to see what opportunities we have available for you or view our jobs board



Construction jobs continue to grow

Construction jobs continue to grow
The world of recruitment constantly changes, in particular white-collar construction jobs. As the construction industry continues to evolve the job landscape will move with it. Here at FBR, we have seen how the construction industry changes and how technology is moving white-collar construction jobs with it.

The construction industry makes up a large proportion of the UK jobs market. Spanning across many different roles, the construction industry is vital to the evolution of the UK. White-collar construction is no different, focusing on a different aspect of construction; white-collar construction roles are continuing to grow in demand.

One of the major changes we have seen in the construction industry is the move towards sustainable construction. This is having a big impact on the types of jobs available. Sustainability is now one of the key changes we are seeing in the industry. Noticing these changes has allowed a number of white-collar construction jobs to come into the industry and the growth of this is showing no signs of slowing down.

What are white-collar construction jobs?

White-collar construction jobs are those that require a higher level of education and training than traditional construction jobs. They are often skilled jobs such as project manager, quantity surveyor or engineer. Each role is essential to the construction project for many different reasons. Each white-collar role has specific qualifications and skills needed, if you are unsure whether you have what it takes speak to our recruitment team. Our experts are on hand to help guide you through the process and match you with your dream role.

How do you get a white-collar construction job?

The best way to find a white-collar construction job is to search online. In the past, finding a white-collar construction job was a very different process. It would usually involve approaching a company or recruitment agency and going through a lengthy process of interviews and assessment days. However, thanks to the internet, this is no longer the case.

There are now a number of websites and online portals that allow you to search for white-collar construction jobs. This means that you can easily find a job that suits your skills and experience. Another way to find a role is to use a trusted recruitment agency. Here at FBR, we have worked within the recruitment industry, particularly construction recruitment for over 20+ years. Our understanding and expertise in this industry allows us to place the right people in the right roles.

How is the construction industry changing?

The construction industry is going through a period of change. We are seeing a move towards sustainable construction, as well as the use of more technology on construction sites. This is having an impact on the types of jobs available and the skills that are needed.

As the UK jobs market continually evolves, working with a recruitment agency who understands your industry and needs is essential. Here at FBR, we have direct experience recruiting in the construction industry. If you are looking for a white-collar construction job, then search online or speak to our specialist recruitment agents. Here at FBR, we can help you find the perfect role for your skills and experience, while also making sure it’s the perfect fit. Reach your goals with FBR. Contact us now.

The ultimate goal of a recruitment agency is to match the right talent with the right job

How do recruitment agencies work? A guide to the different ways recruitment agencies work, including how to match the right candidate to the right job role, fees, etc.

Recruitment agencies work in various different ways. The ultimate goal of a recruitment agency is to match the right talent with the right job role and company. Call us corporate matchmakers if you will. 

The way that recruitment agencies make their money can be different, some recruiters work on a flat fee if the candidate they sourced was selected for a role. Other recruiters take a percentage pay based on the annual salary for the role. Recruitment agencies are running a business after all, however, there are good recruitment agencies and less than ideal ones. 

It is important to speak to the recruitment agency you are looking to work with, as a candidate as well as a business. If they are not transparent in how they make money or withhold information from you; that’s a huge red flag and you should consider your options.

Ultimately finding the right recruitment agent is key to ensuring that the right talent is in the right roles. Recruiting is expensive, even if you as a business decide to do it in house. That is why working with a recruitment agency can be beneficial as we work to align your needs as a business with the best talent on the market. 

Now we understand how the basics of a recruitment agency works, what does a recruitment agency do to make this happen?

Sourcing Candidates

One of the tasks that recruitment agencies need to do is source candidates. This can be done by outreaching online to those who have set public profiles as interested/open to work. 

Additionally, we have secure databases that we are able to use to help us match current job offerings with potential candidates. This allows us to match up both the candidate’s interests and requirements with the company looking to recruit.

Advertising Job Roles

Another thing recruitment agencies do is advertise roles they are recruiting for. Recruiting new talent is time consuming and takes a lot of effort for companies. Using a recruitment agent to advertise and pre-vet candidates helps those companies as well as proves beneficial for the candidates themselves. 

Supporting both Companies and Candidates

Recruitment agencies also work to support both companies looking to recruit as well as candidates. 

It is important for us as a recruitment company to align the company we are recruiting for with the right candidates and talent. We are there to answer any questions and support candidates with interview preparation and more. 

Our team are also experts in European recruitment and are able to assist with information relating to work permits and additional qualifications.

How to Work with Us as a Candidate

There are two ways in which you as a candidate can work with us. The first way is to view our jobs board and apply for any jobs relevant to your experience and skills. This is a great way if you are actively looking for new opportunities. 

The second way you can work with us is to contact us and submit your information and be included in our database. This way our recruiters will be able to access your information should an opportunity arise that you are suited for. 

Sourcing a Recruitment Agency as a Business

If you are a business looking to work with a recruitment agency there are some things you should consider. 

The first consideration is whether your recruitment agent is an expert in your industry. Not every recruitment agency understands the nuances of specific industries and this can make it difficult to ensure the right candidate is selected. At FBR, we are experienced in recruiting for construction roles and the construction industry as a whole. We understand the importance of specific qualifications such as CSCS and NEBOSH. 

Another important consideration is how they select candidates. Some recruitment agents select candidates by waiting for a submission. This can take time and if your recruiter isn’t working hard to find the right talent, are they the best recruiter for you? 

Ultimately working with a recruitment agency should be easy and stress free for both parties. At FBR, we work with both candidates and companies to ensure that the selection process is easy and accessible. We focus on the right candidates and talent for the right company. 

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No matter what age you are there may be times when you wish to switch careers

No matter what age you are there may be times when you wish to switch careers. Many recruiters will tell you that after certain ages this is no longer a possibility. However, we think differently. If you are looking to swap careers there is a way around it which makes it easier to land those interviews. 

Transferable skills are the skills that overlap in many different job roles and industries. Many companies also prefer candidates who have a wide range of skills that can be transferred to their new positions.

Having experience in other industries and job roles is extremely beneficial. You as a potential candidate have knowledge of various industries and how things are done. This brings a whole new perspective to the construction industry and can help construction businesses also improve their service offerings and processes. 

So we all understand the benefits of transferable skills and why a career switch can be done at any age; let’s look at the skills that are highly coveted and transferable when looking for a role in construction.

Communication skills

Working in construction requires high levels of communication skills. Whether you are communicating with fellow team members on how a task is going to be completed; or you are updating a client on the status of a project. 

In all roles, communication skills are essential, if you can highlight the ways you have improved and used communication skills in previous projects and roles on your CV then do it.

Project management skills

When looking at swapping careers in the construction industry look at any projects you have been a part of. It’s no surprise that construction companies are heavily project based and as such, showing that you have experience managing projects and executing them according to the brief is extremely beneficial. 

Highlight the intricacies of the project that you were a part of and make sure to leave no detail out. Projects come in all shapes and sizes and for construction projects, this is no different. 

People skills

Another important transferable skill for the construction industry is people skills. No matter your role, you will be working with people across the board from different backgrounds. Whether that is on the ground as a labourer executing the work, or as a project manager delegating and managing key aspects of the project.

Determination and mental strength

Working in construction means you will potentially be exposed to the wide range of elements the UK has to offer. While if weather makes it unsafe to carry out work you won’t be expected to soldier on. However, come wind, rain, or shine, that construction project has to be completed. 

Construction workers need to be determined to carry on working safely no matter the conditions. As well as the mental strength required to keep going to ensure a project is completed on time. If you have situations where you can provide evidence of these combined skills it can go a long way.

When looking to change careers there are many things you can do to help move the process along. Work with a dedicated team who specialises in the construction industry to help guide you to the best role suitable for you.

Our team at FBR are experienced in working with construction companies and understands the requirements for each industry role. Our recruiters are on hand to help you find your dream job and help position you in front of the best companies to provide just that. Contact us today. 



Learn how to start a career in Construction Project Management with FBR Recruitment

Learn how to start a career in Construction Project Management with FBR Recruitment
Starting a career in construction project management can be daunting for anyone. Like with all careers, there isn’t one route that works for everyone. The way people find their career path varies.

Speak to anyone in any industry and they will have their own story. There are however, some consistencies across multiple industries and routes into work. They begin with entry level roles, and move deeper into other avenues of education and on the job training.

Entry level construction project management roles

As with all industries, there are entry level roles that can help you get started in your career in construction project management.

The first entry level construction project management role would be a trainee position. This would require you to have some experience within the construction industry. However you will not be solely responsible for all the tasks of a construction project manager. You will learn from the people above you as you train.

Another entry level position is a project assistant. This role would require you to assist the project manager in their tasks and help with the overall workload.

How to start a career in construction project management

There are two identifiable routes to starting your career in construction project management. No matter how many people you speak with; they will have taken one or a combination of the two routes into their careers.

Route one – Academic

The first route you can take into construction project management is the academic route. This is where you tailor your education after GCSEs to build towards your career in construction project management. From specific A levels such as Maths, IT and Business courses into undergraduate degrees and postgraduate degrees at University.

You may then also wish to take on various other degrees and accreditations within the industry to further bolster your academic records.

This route isn’t for everyone as it requires the time spent in education where coursework and exams are part of the process.

Route two – Work your way up

An alternative route is through experience and working within the construction industry directly. Here you will look at more vocational ways of training. That would be through on the job training with additional courses to supplement your qualifications. Or alternatively, some construction firms may offer apprenticeship level courses.

Working your way up through the ranks holds a lot of merit as you have direct experience working in each aspect of the projects you would be managing in the future.

The vocational way of getting into construction project management may take more or less time depending on the industry at the time. When there is an increase in demand for construction project managers you may find yourself thrust into the position.

Going the vocational route doesn’t mean you won’t have access to additional courses which you can take to supplement your experience. These courses can be done in your own time and are less pressured than traditional academic routes.

No matter how you want to get into construction project management, finding the right recruitment agency to help you in your career is essential. Here at FBR, we work with you to find the right role with the right company.

View our Jobs Board now to see what roles we have on offer. Already found something you like? Contact us now.