Trades and Labour Vacancies Trades and labour jobs are the ideal career path for people who prefer practical hands-on jobs. Mostly working in the construction industry, trades and labour jobs include builders, joiners, labourers, carpenters, plumbers and electricians. Trades and labour jobs vary as each role has its own specific set of duties. However, some of the duties would include: Contributing to the construction process Working alongside other professionals in a construction environment Interpreting designs and plans Adhering to strict building and construction regulations Adhering to strict health and safety regulations Meeting with customers to find out their needs Providing estimates for clients Sourcing the appropriate supplies to complete a project Making appropriate preparations to begin the work Working hours for trade and labour jobs are often 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. However, many people work weekends and extra hours throughout the week, especially when it is important to meet a deadline. Those who are self-employed are often on-call as they provide an out-of-hours service. The typical working environment for these types of jobs is on-site or in a customer's home. It may be necessary to work in all weather conditions. You will need safety clothing for work, but if you work for an employer they will provide this for you. You may have to travel depending on the project. Salaries for trades and labour jobs vary according to experience, qualifications and the company you are working for. If you are newly qualified in a trade, then you can expect to earn between £16,000 and £22,000. This can rise to around £30,000 with experience. If you become self-employed, you may earn in excess of this. Entry requirements for trade and labour jobs are usually a work-based learning course, such as an Apprenticeship or an NVQ. In most instances, a trainee will find a position with a company and spend four days a week learning the skills of the trade. They will spend one day a week at college. Most people specialise in just one trade, but there are options to learn two or more. Some skills can be transferred from one trade to another. Trade and labour jobs also require further skills and qualities. These include: A good level of physical fitness Good interpersonal skills The ability to read and interpret plans and drawings A clear understanding of building regulations and health and safety laws A willingness to learn new skills and techniques The ability to work well in a team Excellent skills in maths Strong written and verbal communication skills The ability to work independently using your own initiative A willingness to work in all weather conditions, at heights and within confined spaces The ability to lead and motivate others A flexible approach to work Excellent problem-solving skills Trades and labour jobs are the perfect career choice for people who prefer practical tasks. There is a wide range of jobs available in this
A brief history of Glasgow The River Clyde is key to the growth of Glasgow from a small 6th century settlement to the biggest city in Scotland today, and the third biggest city in the United Kingdom. From a 6th century settlement to today There is evidence of a settlement on the River Clyde since prehistoric times, but it is Saint Mungo, the patron saint of the city who is famous for founding the city in the 6th century with the construction of a small church where Glasgow cathedral now stands. Bishop Jocelyn is credited with gaining the status of burgh for the city in the 12th century from King William, thus creating a cause for celebration which led to the creation of the Glasgow Fair, an event which still takes place today. The Scottish Englighteenment period Glasgow's biggest periods of growth which contributed to its size and status today were during the Scottish Enlightenment period and the Industrial Revolution. The Scottish Enlightenment was a period in which Glasgow, in particular, was recognised for its contribution towards philosophy, literacy and invention at a European level. It took place during the era of the signing of the Act of Union between England and Scotland as the two countries joined as part of Great Britain. The famous poet Robert Burns, philosopher and economist David Hume and economic pioneer Adam Smith who wrote the Wealth of Nations, were key drivers of the changes associated with this period in Glasgow's history. The Industrial Revolution The Industrial Revolution brought about a great number of changes to the city, notably along the River Cyde which was drained to make way for shipbuilding yards. The heart of the city was transformed by a deep river and the industries and wealth which grew and prospered from it, from cotton to glass production, to textiles, paper and soap. As well as new wealth, the Industrial Revolution impacted on the migration of people from the countryside to the city, thus determining the layout and construction of the city today. From hospitals to schools to housing, Glasgow retains signs of its Industrial Revolution history in its makeup today. Present day Glasgow Named European City of Culture in 1990, Glasgow today is a hub for finance, education, culture, arts, food and one of Scotland's most famous exports - Scottish whisky. There are several distilleries in and around the city which help contribute to the economic wealth of the city and its inhabitants.