I assist with all the administration needed for the bid team to pursue and achieve new contracts of work. 

Many people think that working in construction means that they will be at a building site all day long; but there is so much more to it.

Based Essex
Employer Lakehouse Contracts Ltd

What company do you work for and what do they do?

I work for Lakehouse Contracts Ltd which is a construction company who provides various services including energy services, construction, gas, fire, water and lifts. 

My favourite thing about my job is communicating with many different people everyday; there is never a dull day!

Fahmeda Salik

Apprentice Bid Administrator

How did you get into construction?

When I finished secondary school, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I didn’t really know what my options were, so I thought that my only option was to go to sixth form then go to university. So I went to sixth form and picked Business Studies, Financial Studies, Psychology and English Literature for A Levels; all of the subjects I picked I really enjoyed... well I thought so until I started them! No one really prepared me for how difficult it was going to be.

Whilst in my first year of A-levels, I found it difficult but I got to the end of the year just fine. Then when I started my second year, I didn’t feel motivated at all; I knew what I wanted to do after education but I didn’t think going the way I was about it was going to get me there. So, I took the initiative and started to look for apprenticeships online which led me to find one with Lakehouse.

To this day, I still think it’s the best move I’ve ever made.


Tell us a bit more about what you do. 

I manage day-to-day emails from clients and distribute them accordingly. I also communicate with many different people ranging from colleagues that I work with to directors of different companies within Lakehouse and I also communicate with clients on a daily basis.  Every week I create documents to distribute to the Lakehouse directors so they can discuss what’s in those documents during their weekly conference call.

I also create case studies and CV’s of key personnel so that bid writers can use them in their bids.


What do you love about your job?

My favourite thing about my job is communicating with many different people everyday; there is never a dull day! The highlight of my day is when I have a deadline and I manage to complete the tasks that I have been set by the deadline.


Where do you want your career to take you?

I want my career to help me work my way up within a company, be it Lakehouse or a different company.


Any advice for someone thinking about a career in construction?

I would say that there is a massive misconception about the construction industry. Many people think that working in construction means that they will be at a building site all day long; but there is so much more to it. There is so much more that happens behind closed doors, before the builders even enter a building site. To this day, I still think leaving school and taking up an apprenticeship in construction is the best move I’ve ever made, despite what anyone says. I want to work my way up within a company to not only prove to those who doubted me, but to prove to myself that I made the right decision.

It will be a really good example of “started from the bottom, now I’m here”.