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"Construction is in the blood"

Delwynne Ranner, HSEQ manager at Bauer Technologies, wants to see the industry focus more on nurturing young people once they are in the industry, as well as getting a better work-life balance for all.

How did you get into the industry?

By accident! Dad was a QS for a civil engineering company so I guess it’s in the blood but I just asked a recruitment agency to find me some interviews based on my Geology degree and bingo, I became a piling engineer.

What is the best thing about construction?

Being able to work with passionate people to create a genuine legacy.

This country wouldn’t function without us and I love going around the UK pointing out buildings & saying “I built that” (my husband is less keen – his usual response is “Yes dear, I know”).

If you could change one thing about the industry what would it be?

The hours. We still as an industry have very little recognition of work life balance. Most of us live at work & only go home to sleep.

How should we encourage young people to join the industry?

The industry is so varied and offers so much.

I think we’ve done a pretty good job of explaining to graduates/school leavers what a good choice engineering/architecture etc. could be and the more high-profile projects like the Olympics and Crossrail there are, the better we can show our industry off to the widest audience.

One of the things I think the industry struggles with is what to do with young people when they join the industry.

It takes a lot of time and patience to bring a new starter on to being a contributing member of staff – most companies are so busy (and short staffed) that there simply isn’t the support to get young people settled. I think focusing on this might help us.

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