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Careers in Geotechnical Construction Launched by the Federation of Piling Specialists

Recognising the growing skills shortage within the geotechnical sector and construction sector as a whole and the impact this will have on future development projects, as well as the wider UK economy, the Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) has commissioned a short careers video about the various geotechnical careers open to civil engineering graduates and non-graduates alike.

The short video features a variety of “to-camera” interviews with a number of recent graduates and non-graduates who are now working in the some of the many roles available within the geotechnical engineering sector. As well as promoting the different roles available in the sector, the youngsters explain how the how rewarding their specific careers are, why they chose the geotechnical sector and the qualifications or career path they followed.

Talking about the video, Martin Blower Chairman FPS said: “The skills shortage is a real problem for the construction sector and has to be addressed. The video is just one initiative we [FPS] have in place to help tackle this problem and it is designed to promote the sector to young people of all academic levels.”

Geotechnical contracting offers those without engineering qualifications, the opportunity of a long and fulfilling career. With the support of its Members the FPS administers with a Piling Apprenticeship Scheme, which leads to an NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Piling Operations. This is a two year programme that is open to candidates 18 years or older.
Developments in automation; instrumentation and monitoring, and in computer aided design (BIM) all mean that there are many interesting and varied roles for Technicians, this route would be relevant for those that have some engineering qualification, such as a BTEC.

Similarly, for those graduating in Civil or Geotechnical Engineering wanting a varied role with plenty of responsibility, then the industry has never-ending possibilities.
By showcasing the wide variety of career opportunities in the geotechnical sector the film will hopefully inspire non-graduates, undergraduates and graduates a little and encourage them to find out more.”

The video is available to watch on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9G4t_yHRs0 and is also available for use in presentations, careers fairs or for any academic institution offering courses in Civil Engineering or Geotechnical Engineering.