In 2018 I completed an apprenticeship at Nottingham College, securing a Level 3 NVQ in Construction and the Built Environment. It was the result of two years of hard study and on-the-job training and a very proud moment for me; it was certainly the reason I obtained my current position as commercial management trainee for Wates Construction.
I have always wanted to work within the property and construction industry and my apprenticeship was the first step towards doing that. Of course, I had no idea then that one day I would be returning to the place that I studied to get my first on site construction experience! Being from Nottingham as well as part of the hard working team building this impressive new campus gives me so much pride in a job that I already love.
I live just 20 minutes from the project in Clifton, which is fantastic as I know how interested the whole city is in the development and its progress. When complete, the City Hub will offer fantastic facilities and resources for college students, as well as providing amenities for the community including a restaurant, cafe and a new performing arts centre.
As part of a very hard working project team, I am responsible for the cost management of elements such as the site workforce, subcontractors and the site cabins. Working closely with the production team and the project surveyor and commercial manager, I help to ensure the build runs as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Aside from the connection I have to Nottingham College through my apprenticeship, my favourite thing about the role is the diversity. Every day is different and presents new and interesting learning opportunities meaning that I leave work feeling extremely fulfilled and start each morning with a sense of eager anticipation about the new experiences ahead.
As a woman in construction, I hope I can inspire others and show that this industry has no barriers – it is a sector full of possibilities for men and women. I am part of a rapidly growing minority and when I am on site, my gender is completely irrelevant. Its skills, training and a willingness to work hard that counts