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"We manage incredible feats on a daily basis"

Chrissi McCarthy, managing director of Constructing Equality, tells us why she loves construction.

How did you get into the industry?

Typically I followed my Dad in.

I spent a summer when I was 13 working with him on the Jubilee line extension, after that no other career really stood a chance.

What is the best thing about construction?

Its innovation. I know the industry is criticised for being uninnovative, but if you consider the constraints I think we manage incredible feats on a daily basis.

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

The way it treats the people that work within it.

In saying that, though, it’s exactly what the industry is trying to do right now through the CITB Be Fair Framework

How should we encourage young people to join the industry?

Tell them about it, warts and all. It’s not just about getting people in, but getting them to stay in.

The better we can manage expectations the more likely we are to see talent progress not simply disappear.

Chrissi McCarthy is managing director of Constructing Equality

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