I am a part of a site construction management team to oversee health and safety, quality delivery, programme of works and budgeting and value engineering.
We also look at co-ordination of sub-contractors, interaction and liaison with clients and promoting community investment. I am currently working on Bicester Eco Town in Oxfordshire. It is the first eco town of its kind in the UK and I am part of the project achieving its one planet living status.
I started my construction career in manual labour and now have the opportunity to progress into a construction management role. I would never have thought of the position I find myself in today when I was a 16 year old.
|Employer||Willmott Dixon Housing (Hitchin)|
Willmott Dixon Housing (Hitchin) – main contractor for housing developments
The construction industry is a vibrant, exciting industry and is currently increasing its demand for workers. They are reaping the rewards with competitive wages and flow of work.
As I was unsure of what career I wanted to venture into, I carried out a three-year sports therapy and personal training course. I soon realised the construction industry was for me after working on site with local builders and my uncle. I then carried out a bricklaying course along with accounts and bookkeeping to enable me to run small projects.
I then applied for the Willmott Dixon management trainee scheme which catapulted me into part-time study at Hertfordshire University on a two-year HNC construction management course. I am now about to carry out a further year for the foundation degree at Bedfordshire University.
Interaction and management of sub-contractors and operatives to ensure works are carried out safely, on time and to the highest of quality. Sites are always busy and I meet some good friends along the way.
Late afternoon once the day's works have been carried out and work areas have been tidied. It is rewarding to walk the project once operatives have gone home to double check and tick off lists that should be complete.
In the next five years I would like to become a build manager and a project lead on a number of successful projects. Long term, I am interested in a director or board role. Personally, I would like to invest in property and if the opportunity arises, owning my own construction company would be appealing.
The construction industry is a vibrant, exciting industry and is currently increasing its demand for workers. They are reaping the rewards with competitive wages and flow of work. Construction offers countless amounts of different opportunities and varied careers.
I started from manual labour and now have the opportunity to progress in a managerial role. I would never have thought of the position I find myself in today when I was a 16 year old. I am extremely excited about the future and would recommend construction to any young enthusiast.