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"We need to be more positive about young people moving up - if you're good enough, you're old enough"

Gareth Harris, agent (engineer) at Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK, tells us why he loves construction.

How did you get into the industry?

I always wanted to build, and with a number of family members also working in construction it became a straightforward choice.

I then did a year’s sandwich placement with Balfour Beatty, and I’ve been here since graduation.

What is the best thing about construction?

Seeing the new structure starting to take shape through the construction process, and the occasions when you’re stopped by a member of public who wants to say thank you.

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

We need to more positive about younger people moving up through the business rather than having to follow the career paths of their line managers – if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

How should we encourage young people to join the industry?

By showing how far we’ve come as an industry with regard information technology – some of the modelling, survey, and data systems are incredibly powerful and are changing the way we work year on year. There is so much more to the industry than banging pegs.

Gareth Harris is an agent (engineer) at Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK

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