Training and Employment

Professionals take a prospective look at trades in the construction sector

Publié le 1 octobre 2008

Professionals take a prospective look at trades in the construction sector

Paul Kalck

  • Training and Employment n°82
  • octobre 2008

IDENTITE PROFESSIONNELLE, METIER, PROSPECTIVE, SAVOIR FAIRE, DEFINITION, INDUSTRIE DU BTP, FRANCE

Trades in the French construction sector seem to be heading towards a period of stability, if only because buildings are made to last for a long time and therefore require the use of methods which have proved their worth over the years and that of traditional renovation techniques. These trades have been changing increasingly fast, however, due to the industrialisation of the sector and the development of novel building materials and increasingly sophisticated technical equipment. Construction professionals' sense of identity therefore sometimes seem to be torn between tradition and modernity. In order to avoid following trends which might lead to either the disappearance of valuable inherited knowhow or the inability to make use of the latest materials and technological developments, professionals therefore have to start looking ahead at what is to become of this sector's trades. Because of the objectives now being assigned to the construction industry in terms of environmental control, it has become increasingly crucial to address this question.

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