Steve Joyce tells us how his mother got him his first apprenticeship 30 years ago and that he enjoys the adaptability of the industry.
How did you get into the industry?
I came home from my last day at school expecting to have the summer off and my mother said: “I have got you an apprenticeship, you start Monday”.
That was 30 years ago and I have worked in this industry ever since.
What is the best thing about construction?
The people are the best thing and their ability to adapt and change to the ever shifting climate.
I also like the small degrees of separation that exist in the industry, something which is especially evident when we all get together at a national forum such as the Construction News Awards.
If you could change one thing what would it be?
The way construction projects are procured. Sometimes people don’t understand the difference between cost and value, which leads to prices being driven down to an unsustainable level.
How should we encourage young people to join the industry?
Lobby the schools minister to raise the profile of construction in the classroom – over the past few years the emphasis has been on higher education. We need to make the industry attractive to young people and become more social media-savvy, with better and more inclusive ways for young people to interact.
I know that this is gradually happening in our business; however, I feel it needs to happen quicker, as younger people are used to instant information, and our industry isn’t quite there yet.