How did you get into the construction industry and what drew you towards it?
I got into the industry because my Father was a plumber and he advised on mastering a trade once I completed my GCSE’s, which resulted in studied an electrical and plumbing diploma at the same time. I later landed a plumbing NVQ apprenticeship.
What are the best and worst parts of your role?
The best part of my role as a quality and commission manager is that no two days are the same. What I dislike most is that I haven’t found a way to streamline the process in regards to paperwork
Could you walk us through a normal day at work for you?
I plan my days in advance unless something becomes the priority. On an average day I will complete site walks and sign off work installed by the site engineers which is then witnessed by the client or a representative and then handed over. I then update my tracker and notify any outstanding work
If you could give our readers one piece of advice about getting into the industry, what would it be?
I would advice getting an apprenticeship. But don’t just apply, put yourself out there. Study the course part time while you apply for a position
What are some common misconceptions about your role and industry?
That it’s just builders in hats. It’s hard to comprehend that there is such a thing as a commissioning manager or a quality manager in the construction industry. Which are both very well paid careers.
What are some ways you think we can help resolve the skills shortage in construction?
The careers in the industry need to be spotlighted through campaigns. The opportunities need to be highlighted to the younger generation and the wider populous
How do you feel the industry is doing in relation to diversity?
The industry is moving in the right direction. Diversity of thought creates faster problem solving, this industry is always looking for problem solvers.
Could you tell us about your work with BPIC (Black Professionals in Construction)?
My role within BPIC is external relations, the organisation in a nutshell aims to bridge the gap between students and careers by showcasing the opportunities available within the industry. Additionally, the organisation aims to champion the importance of diversity and inclusion.
BPIC intends to serve as a network/sub community for a more thriving and diverse industry.