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Employment Opportunities – United Kingdom Infrastructure Programmes

Published 03/01/2018 10:37:00, by Marina Maher

Are you leaving the Royal Navy or Royal Marines soon, or in the next few years?  Have you already left but worry about your current career prospects or the future of the Company or Industry that you’re working in?  Why not consider preparing for employment with one of the companies or organisations that is contracted to deliver some of the Government’s big infrastructure projects in the coming years?

The UK Government has a priority list of major infrastructure projects that are to be funded over the next few years – commonly known as the ‘Top 40’.  This top 40 list is there to help ensure that the Government can support the delivery of its objectives in each of the sectors.

As part of the research that everyone who is leaving the Service should be carrying out, it is critical that some of the following, basic information is gathered and questions answered:

- Is there work of the type that I will enjoy doing and that I am qualified for?
- What are the training requirements for the role/job type that I want?
- What are the longer-term prospects for my career choice?  Is my chosen industry in decline?  Will there be work in the area of the UK that I wish to live in?
- Will major social or political events affect my sector and, if so, how?

The Government’s priority Infrastructure projects are all huge undertakings that require major funding and investment and overall, they could provide the answers to your employment research questions.  There are obvious roles associated with Infra such as Construction, Engineering and Facilities Management but there are also less obvious ones such as Project and Programme Management, Services, Leadership and Management roles, HR, Logistics, Administration and Finance.  The areas the Government is committed to and which will continue to require high quality employees, are (in no particular order):

ROAD
- Accelerated Roads
- Strategic Road Network Capacity
- Smart Motorways
- The A14 (East of England)
- Lower Thames Crossing 
- A303 / A30 / A358 Corridor 
- A1 (North East) 

RAIL
- Intercity Express Programme 
- HS2 
- European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS)
- Strategic Rail Freight 
- Crossrail 
- Thameslink 
- Rail Investment Strategy 
- Major Stations
INTERNATIONAL GATEWAYS
- Airport Infrastructure Improvements 
- Port Capacity 
- Airport / Port Connectivity 

LOCAL TRANSPORT
- Transport for London Major Schemes 
- Northern Line Extension 
- Local Transport Major Schemes 
- Mersey Gateway Bridge 

ENERGY
- Electricity Generation – Nuclear 
- Electricity Generation – Gas (to 2020-21) 
- Electricity Generation – Wind (to 2020-21) 
- Electricity Generation – Other Renewables (to 2020-21) 
- Electricity Interconnection 
- Energy Transmission & Distribution 
- Oil & Gas Production 
- Smart Meters 

COMMUNICATIONS
- Superfast Broadband 
- Super-Connected Cities 
- Mobile Infrastructure Project 
- 4G Rollout 

WATER
- Water Supply & Sewerage (AMP6) 
- Thames Tideway Tunnel 
- Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management

SCIENCE & RESEARCH
- Science Majors
- Science & Innovation Catapults 

The areas above are all examples of where we know there is a very high chance that there is going to be future investment and an on-going requirement for labour.  This, coupled with other multipliers, such as the anticipated reduction in EU migration, the growing STEM skills gap and the increasing difficulties that companies have in recruiting and retaining staff, means that labour markets will remain tight over the next decade and possibly beyond.

If you use these factors to your advantage, conducting research that allows you to ‘smart-target’ potential employers and use your resettlement provision to become appropriately qualified, you can not only significantly increase your chances of success of gaining employment when you leave but also add a high degree of future proofing to your long-term career.

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