The construction industry across Essex employs more than 64,000 people and is one of the biggest industries across the county. It is a very diverse industry that includes activities ranging from mining, quarrying and forestry to the construction of infrastructure and buildings, the manufacture and supply of products, as well as maintenance, operation and disposal.

Continued investment in Thurrock as well as the scale of construction activity in the broader Thames Gateway area means that there is likely to be continued, significant growth in this sector

Key construction sub-sector jobs in Thurrock include:

  • General construction 
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Specialist Trades
  • Electrical Installation 
  • Plumbing and joinery

The construction sector is diverse in nature and ranges from large multinational operators to independent, local micro businesses.


6,000 Persons employed in construction
8.1% Employed in construction
165% More important than nationally

Thurrock Prospects

Some of the big employers in Thurrock include: 


South Essex construction training academy (secta)

Thurrock Council is working with councils in South Essex on a project to support the training of 650 people for jobs in the construction industry by 2020.

Anyone who is interested in a career in the construction industry is encouraged to visit the council's Inspire Youth Hub in Orsett Road, Grays, any Tuesday to Friday between 9:30am and 5pm. The SECTA Programme provides a range of interventions, from careers advice and employability to hands-on training and real-world experience, and is open to anyone aged 19 to 67. No appointment is necessary.

Those who sign-up will get:

  • information, advice and guidance on construction careers
  • trade skills training
  • a health and safety / Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card
  • experience working on an operational construction site
  • support to find work

There are also SECTA training centers in Basildon and Southend. Clients can call the team on 01702 212856, through facebook at SECTA Construction Training and on our website at

Thurrock Apprenticeships in Construction, Planning and the Built Environment

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'Construction' Learning Opportunities

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'Construction' Job Vacancies in Thurrock

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