Posted on 21/03/2016 by Dave Irons
The construction sector has always been one in which entrepreneurial spirit is rewarded, and for many people plant hire jobs are just the first step along that path.
In a sector where vocational qualifications and on the job experience are highly valued, the Federation of Master Builders reports that nearly three in five present-day construction bosses began their careers in apprenticeships.
FMB chief executive Brian Berry said: "The construction industry is ideally suited to a young person with heaps of ambition and an entrepreneurial spirit."
He added: "Almost 80% of our SME construction bosses said that employment in the sector offers high levels of job satisfaction with tangible results."
The FMB reports that 98% of SME owners in the construction sector value apprenticeships over degrees when recruiting new staff.
And while the organisation's report didn't extend beyond apprenticeships, the figures are an indication of the importance of vocational experience in general for those in construction.
Plant hire jobs are just one example of a great way to gain on the job experience, interacting with people at all levels in the industry, and to pick up transferable skills that can be used to move on to other areas of the sector at a later date.