I went straight from secondary school to Stepnell after I completed some work experience with them.
At secondary school I gained 11 GCSEs, including Maths, Design Technology and Physics, which have proved to be very useful in the role I am in now. I am currently studying for my Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment at Birmingham South & City College, and I hope to progress to complete my HNC and ultimately a degree in my chosen subject area.
Work experience is a really valuable opportunity to see what a certain career is like.
Tell us about the company you work for and a bit more about your role.
I work for Stepnell Ltd, who are a building contractor who take on multiple roles in the construction process. I am currently a Trainee CAD Technician – CAD stands for Computer Aided Design – and I create 3D models and 2D drawings of buildings and sites for other areas of the business. I also make alterations where necessary.
There are lots of different positions that are available in the construction industry, so explore all the aspects and to find what you enjoy and are interested by the most.
What do you love about your role in construction?
I get to create 3D models of the buildings we are planning, and when I’ve issued sheets from the drawings I’ve produced, that’s a big highlight and encouragement for me.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about a career in construction?
There are lots of different positions that are available in the construction industry, so it’s worthwhile to take your time and explore all the aspects and to find what you enjoy and are interested by the most.
I’d also say that work experience is a really valuable opportunity to see what a certain career is like. It gives you the chance to experience work without having to commit long periods of time to it, which I think is essentially when you’re trying to answer the question of "Is this the career I want to have?”