Jewson graduate trainee Chimene Codner loves the variety that construction has to offer, with a huge range of roles available. Better communicating this is vital to attracting more young people, of both genders.
Q. How did you get into the industry?
A. I was lucky enough to be recommended for a role at Jewson and I started as an assistant category manager working within the Light Building Materials and Timber team.
After a short while within this role I was given the opportunity to transfer onto the graduate trainee scheme, which allows me to rotate around the business over a two-year period.
The scheme has enabled me to experience different specialisms and all that they have to offer.
Q. What is the best thing about construction?
A. Construction is a vast industry with many career routes available.
There is always something different to learn and experience, whether it be new building techniques or legislation, new innovative products entering the market, changes to the internal management processes, or the vast subject of waste management and sustainability.
Once you delve into one area it can lead you onto another as they all interlink.
Q. If you could change one thing about the industry what would it be?
A. We need to show people from outside of our industry that working in construction does not necessarily mean working on a building site. There are many other opportunities to be explored.
Q. How should we encourage young people to join the industry?
A. I think that many people think of construction and just think of a building site.
There are roles that are office-based, in the field or ones that cross both. There really is something for everyone.
We also need to promote it as an industry for both genders, and highlight it as a career path rather than a stop-gap.