What is it about working in construction that you love?
As I’m sure lots of people who work in construction will tell you, the satisfaction of helping to build something that the public know about and you can walk past in the future is a great feeling. I’ve been really lucky in my career as I’ve been able to work on some of the largest rail jobs in London. A career goal of mine is to continue being involved in shaping London and the UK’s landscape with HS2. That might even lead into some international travel and getting to work on some mega projects across the globe!
As a Construction Ambassador, what would you like to say to young people who are thinking about getting into construction?
All large projects have quotas to fill for work experience and apprenticeships, so make sure you get some work experience organised. If you want to get into construction, the time to do so really is now. The workforce is ageing and there’s loads of government-sponsored work is coming up in the next ten to twenty years, so why wouldn’t you? If you’re worried that construction won’t fit your skills and interests, I’d say look into it a bit more. This industry has roles to suit everyone, no matter your skills, talents and interests as there are so many different types of roles required for a building project.
I didn’t really know anything about construction until I was in my early 20s, but coming into the industry, I’ve found that it’s a great place to work and the rewards that come with constructing buildings and infrastructure that become part of the landscape can’t ever be overstated.
With an ageing workforce and a huge amount of government-sponsored work coming up over the next ten to twenty years, now is a great time to get into construction.