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"The best thing about the construction industry has to be the variety it offers"

Tom Cox, product and systems development manager at Saint-Gobain Isover, tells us why he loves construction.

How did you get into the industry?

After graduating from university, I began working as a development manager for the manufacturing division of a builders’ merchant.

The division was quite small, so I had the opportunity to get to grips with all aspects of the business, from sales to production and development.

This gave me a rounded knowledge of the construction industry which stood me in good stead for my future career with Saint-Gobain Isover, where I’ve been for the past eight years.

What is the best thing about construction?

The best thing about the construction industry has to be the variety it offers, both in terms of work undertaken and the people you work with.

One day I can be meeting a principle architect to discuss specific projects, and the next I’ll be working with onsite contractors, looking at how our products can be further developed to benefit them in the future.

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

I would make the industry more open to new and innovative products, as it has historically been quite conservative and resistant to change.

It would be good to see innovation within the construction industry being supported and encouraged with regards to producing higher-performing buildings that are more comfortable for their occupants.

How should we encourage young people to join the industry?

While there is a need for academic study within the construction industry, I truly believe that there is nothing better than doing a job in order to understand it.

I feel a focus on vocational course content at all levels will encourage many more young people into an industry that can offer such a rewarding career.

Tom Cox is product and systems development manager at Saint-Gobain Isover

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