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17 April 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

Buckinghamshire University Technical College (UTC), along with sponsor, Taylor Wimpey, has launched a campaign promoting careers in the construction industry. 

The scale of the task is a significant one with over 224,000 jobs in the sector that needs to be created in the next five years to meet the industry’s infrastructure demands and skills shortages.  There are more than 150 career paths to choose from, so both UTC and Taylor Wimpey believe there is a good choice of different job opportunities for young people, either in traditional building trades, or non-site roles, e.g. design and technical.  However, despite industry encouragement, only one in 10 women pursue a career in construction and the industry is keen to change this position. 

The campaign includes a new website, downloadable careers guide and a series of interviews outlining the aspirations of young people at the UTC currently studying construction, alongside employees at Taylor Wimpey who are carrying out similar roles. 

“We are very proud of our partnership with Bucks UTC and are supporting its unique approach to integrating technical, practical and academic learning to create an environment where students can thrive and develop the abilities employers are specifically looking for,” explained Anne Billson-Ross, Group HR Director, Taylor Wimpey. For further information about construction courses at Bucks UTC, visit the new website:

Picture: A campaign promoting careers in the construction industry has been launched by UTC and Taylor Wimpey.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 17 April 2015


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