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What’s It Like Working In Construction?

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We spoke to three young people to find out what it’s really like to working in construction.

christabelle-paradzaiChristabelle Paradzai, apprentice site technician

Hi, I’m Christabelle Paradzai. I’m an apprentice site technician working for Eric Wright Construction, which is the founder division of the Eric Wright Group. They manage a variety of contracts including design and build, and traditional.

My construction role mainly involves surveying and setting out on site. I am being trained to use different surveying equipment, such as total stations and surveying software. I also deal with the quality assurance aspects of a project, which involves checking completed work to ensure it has been completed as designed.

What education route did you take from secondary school to where you are today?

“From secondary school I studied A-levels in business, maths and ICT at Cardinal Newman College in Preston. I then went on to study HNC in Project and Quality Management at Preston College, while working part time in a retail role.

“After completing this, instead of going to university I searched for a construction apprenticeship in order to gain work experience while earning money.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

“I like how every day is different when working in construction. There are occasionally new challenges which I am learning to manage and, as a result of this, I think I can deal with stressful situations better.

“This role requires a lot of analysis and planning to ensure that things are done correctly the first time, and I feel that these skills are constantly being developed.”

Liam SargeantLiam Sargeant, trainee assistant manager

Hi, I’m Liam Sargeant. I am a trainee assistant manager for Redrow Homes NW. I provide help for the site manager on a day-to-day basis and perform a variety of tasks, such as ordering materials to site or organising trades.

What education route did you take from secondary school to where you are today?

“I enrolled onto a bricklaying course in college, where I achieved my Level 1, 2 and 3 Diplomas and NVQ.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

“I like how I am continually learning on the job, such as learning how to use the company computer system and how to manage a building site.

What is the highlight of your day?

“I enjoy being able to help resolve a problem on-site for another operative.

Where do you want your career to take you?

“I would like one day to own my own company in property development.

What would you say to someone thinking about a career in construction?

“I would highly recommend it as there are endless opportunities in construction. There are opportunities to learn, work as part of a team and be rewarded for the work you do.

Is there anything else you would like to share which would inspire others to follow their chosen career path?

“While working in construction I have been fortunate enough to be invited to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister after winning a national apprentice award. If you are willing to put the effort in, you will be rewarded.”

Jake HoroszczakJake Horoszczak, apprentice bricklayer

Hi, I’m Jake. I work for Seddon Construction as an Apprentice Bricklayer.

What does your role involve?

“I’m an apprentice bricklayer – the backbone of the industry and the trade everyone thinks of when you say ‘construction’. It’s a lot more varied than it sounds though. Every project is unique and I’ve been lucky to experience a load of difference schemes, from building schools to housing developments.

“I’ve gone from knowing almost nothing to mastering my trade – even coming first in the North West SkillBuild competition and securing a place in the national finals.

What do you like about your job?

“The best thing about being an apprentice bricklayer is that I enjoy it! I really don’t mind getting up in the mornings for work. In fact, I’m actually excited to get my gear on and get on to site to do what I love most. It’s so rewarding to see something you’ve contributed to; I can point out buildings in the area I’ve worked on to friends and family and have a little boast!

What’s your working day like?

“I get onto the site I’m working on early, get the kettle on and then catch up with the guys. Although we’re always busy, working with friends makes the job even more enjoyable. I’ll then be given a task for the day and then I like to get on with it; although mentors are always around if you need them. There’s a great balance of independence and teamwork on the Seddon sites.”

The Go Construct website showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment.

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