Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 250
s more and more
for work, study
and fun, so more
being made into
the UK's transport
infrastructure. Twice as many journeys
are being made now than in the 1970s
and, in response, the government
has pledged £411bn towards road
and rail improvement programmes.
Rail, taxi and private hire are all
sectors with rising employment,
according to a recent State of the
Nation report, and 30,000 new road
and rail apprenticeships are to be
created by 2020. We take a look at
some of the job roles available.
KEEP BRITAIN GOING BY JOINING
THE TRANSPORT SECTOR
With big investments in roads, there
will be plenty of work around for
the near future. This job involves
building, widening and resurfacing
roads, laying pavements, filling
potholes, digging trenches, marking
roads and gritting them in winter.
What skills do I need? You'll
need practical skills to operate heavy
machinery and be able to understand
plans and technical drawings. The
work involves long hours and early
starts, and you'll have to work in all
weathers, so you need to be physically
fit. You also need to be a team player.
How much can I earn? Salaries start
at £16,000. With experience you could
earn up to £40,000, which can be
boosted by shift patterns and overtime.
When it comes to roads, civil engineers
- known as highway engineers - work
on the planning, design, construction,
operation and maintenance of the
UK's highways, bridges and tunnels.
What skills do I need? Technical
skills, IT competence and the ability
to deal with budgets and deadlines are
ideal. A structural or civil engineering
degree is desirable, although an
engineering or BSc degree may suffice.
How much can I earn? The starting
salary for graduates is £23,500, going
2 5 0 /// J O B S & C A R E E R S
250 J&C JC17 Transport jw2.indd 250