Dave Hall, technical academy manager for Saint-Gobain Technical Academies, tells us why he loves construction.
How did you get into the industry?
From an early age, I’ve wanted a career in construction.
I aspired to follow my father’s footsteps in being a carpenter/joiner, which is what I did, gaining an apprenticeship with what was then, John Laing Construction.
What is the best thing about construction?
The continual development of the industry means that there are always exciting challenges to take on board, offering variety in the type of work you do.
The fast-paced nature of the industry offers a vast amount of opportunities to climb your way up the career ladder.
This is exactly why Saint-Gobain’s network of Technical Academies has proven to be successful – training those both new to the industry and those looking to upskill on the latest products and technologies.
If you could change one thing about the industry what would it be?
I think talent acquisition is essential in securing growth for the industry’s future.
Creating and strengthening links with colleges through a national database will certainly help in providing opportunities for diploma students, to lead them to construction apprenticeships.
How should we encourage young people to join the industry?
Forging tangible relationships with schools will enable us to showcase the fantastic opportunities that a career in construction can bring.
It’s also important to show the progress of working conditions on construction sites over the years, to see how far the industry has improved.
Several Saint-Gobain businesses have built relationships with local schools through Business in the Community, holding career days, workshops and offering CV advice.
Dave Hall is technical academy manager for Saint-Gobain Technical Academies