Rebecca is an Apprentice Construction Technician and we asked her job role..
“Every morning I unlock site and ensure it is safe for the tradesman to start, I then give a safety induction to any new starters on site as well as taking and checking their qualifications and that they have a CSCS card. After this my day involves interacting with the trades to see how they are getting on with the programme of works and if there’s anything they need help with to enable their works to happen in a timely, correct and safe manner. As we are doing a supply and fit programme, I order materials so that the trades have enough on site to continue work as required but not too much that there is surplus stock on site. During the whole day I am continuously checking and enforcing health and safety rules, regulations and legislation. Once all the trades have packed up, I check that the site is clean and safe and close down for the night.”
How did you get into construction?
“I left school with 9 GCSE’s but still not knowing what I wanted to do; I didn’t enjoy school and didn’t want to continue in school education, so went to college to study Beauty Therapy. I completed level 2 and level 3 and began work in a salon but didn’t enjoy my job. I moved to the south of the country and began working for a construction company as an administrator. I loved being on site and began going out onsite with the site managers shadowing them and taking on more roles such as quality assurance and handovers – from then I knew I wanted to be a Site Manager. I began by researching what qualifications I would need to do this and different ways to get them. Due to personal circumstances university wasn’t an option and I found that becoming an apprentice was the way for me, learning whilst earning!”