In this role, I liaise with each of our sites and set up job starts and work experience opportunities to ensure that we hit or exceed the targeted recruitment and training requirements which are set out by the client. My role also sees me work closely with local employment support groups and educational facilities, to support those looking to get back into work.
One aspect of my role that I really enjoy is being an ambassador to encourage more women into the industry.
How did you get your start in construction?
In 2007, I was made redundant and a friend offered me a few weeks of work on site assisting the engineer. I had no previous experience on site or construction knowledge even, but I decided to give it a go. A few weeks then turned into a few months and then I was offered a position on a trainee programme with Stradform, which was then taken over by Vinci Construction.
I completed a HNC in Building Studies, which gave me a good understanding of the different aspects of construction and I was able to relate what I had learnt to activities on site.
I was an assistant engineer on a variety of projects and then I decided that I would like to move into construction management. My job involved inspecting the work of sub-contractors, closing out any defects and then handing over the building to a client.
I then got an opportunity to work as a Community Engagement Officer with responsibility for organising site visits and work experience opportunities with local schools, colleges and universities. I really enjoyed this role so when the opportunity came up to do it on a full time basis with Dawnus, I jumped at the chance.
I feel that the construction industry is a good industry to work in as you are not stuck in one role. There is potential to learn different skills which can allow you to progress through your career.
What company do you work for and what do they do?
I work for Dawnus Construction, an international civil engineering and building company.
What do you do day to day in your role?
I’ll be liaising with each of our sites and set up job starts and work experience opportunities to ensure that we hit or exceed the targeted recruitment & training requirements which are set out by the client. My role sees me closely with local employment support groups and educational facilities, to support those looking to get back into work.
I also work with local charities and community groups to try and leave a positive impact in the areas that surround our on-going projects.
What would you say to someone thinking about a career in construction?
Whether you enjoy working outside or in the office, there are plenty of options available for all. The old stereotype of construction being a ‘man’s job’ is starting to disappear, and more and more women are choosing a long term, successful career in construction.