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"I feel real pride pointing out a building to my friends and saying ‘my company built that’"

Aine Girn, communications executive at Shaylor Group, tells us why she loves construction.

How did you get into the industry?

I had worked in Asia for 16 years in publishing and marketing and started to look for similar work after returning to the UK.

Shortly after returning home my Dad became seriously ill and suddenly passed away.

Dad had worked as a steel fixer for over 50 years, so I applied for a job at a construction firm as a way to help me deal with my grief and to feel like he was still part of my life.

What is the best thing about construction?

We get to make a positive impression on the people and communities we work with.

I feel real pride pointing out a building to my friends and saying ‘my company built that’.

I also love the fact we get to build and refurb hospitals, schools, churches etc.

These buildings are more than the sum of their bricks and windows, and can make a real difference to the quality of lives of the people who uses them.

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

I think equal pay across the board is a sticky issue right now.

Firms need to stop going for the cheap labour and look at an equal pay solution which ensures quality and safety standards are preserved. Ultimately, you get what you pay for.

How should we encourage young people to join the industry?

Obviously site visits are an exciting way to bring construction to life, but I think there are also more modern ways to bring in new talent.

Large recruitment fairs, run in the mode of Google events, would be a great way to foster new interest.

Aine Girn is communications executive at Shaylor Group

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