There’s no doubt that the construction sector is becoming more sophisticated. The magnificent venues for the London 2012 Olympic Games have been built safely, on time and on budget. Progress on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is on track.
The planned nuclearpower plant at Wylfa in Anglesey is part of a nuclear renewal programme bigger than the construction of our Victorian railways. But the perception of what it means to work in construction continues to fit an outdatedstereotype: a hard, dirty manual job for boys. Such negative perceptions were thrown up yet again in a comprehensive new survey by Pye Tait Consulting commissioned by the CITB to find out what careers advisers and teachers think of construction, and how best the industry might change their opinions and support their work.