This article was written by Chelsey, who joined the training team in February on work experience. ‘Alex’ is not a Walker Construction employee, but a fictional example of a student who chose an alternative path to the career they wanted.’
Alex enjoyed school. Well, most of it anyway. Enjoyed seeing friends, playing football, and was doing well in most subjects. But Alex felt that 6th form school wasn’t appealing and decided to leave after GCSEs at age 16. However, still wanted to get a good job that demonstrated strengths and had lots of opportunities for progressing and learning new skills.
Alex had always possessed an interest in practical, hands-on work, in addition to being someone who is creative and likes problem solving. After leaving school, Alex applied for an apprenticeship with a local construction company. Some of Alex’s friends and peers were a bit negative about this decision, as it wasn’t something they would choose to do. The ‘normal’ path was to do GCSEs, stay at school, and go to University, but that just wasn’t for Alex. Taking a different path was frowned upon. It was tough, but Alex stuck with it, and started to flourish in the new apprenticeship.
Alex knew that there was more than one path to success, and was determined to be successful. Learning on the job was what really appealed. Alex worked hard to learn lots of new skills. Within a few months, Alex had made a really good impression amongst colleagues and the site manager, and had completed some training courses too to develop even more skills.
Finding creative solutions to everyday problems kept the job interesting, and Alex really enjoyed sharing ideas with the rest of the team. As time went by, Alex took on more of a leadership role, and stepped up to the task on a big project. It was really important that the project was finished on time, and Alex worked hard to meet all of the targets, achieving a really positive end result.
5 years on, Alex is a respected site manager with a dedicated team, including an apprentice of their own who is learning to be a great leader like Alex.
You might have assumed that Alex was a man, but when it comes to being a hard worker and a good leader, your gender doesn’t matter. Construction is for everyone, no matter who you are.
Chelsey has written this article as a fantastic tactic to challenge stereotypes. As a final year 6th form student, Chelsey is excited about her future and plans to be an advocate for encouraging more women into the construction sector. We wish Chelsey every future success and hope to see her back very soon!