Hannah Daly, a Career Ready alumna and an Assistant Surveyor (MEP) at Wates Construction, shares her story and why the construction industry provides a range of exciting career opportunities. 

I joined Wates Construction when I was 18 years old as Building Services Management Trainee in September 2017 after completing a three-month internship with one of Wates’ supply chain partners, Banyards, through the Career Ready programme.

It was during this placement that I met Wates Site Manager, Victoria Taylor and she told me about her career journey, and she encouraged me to consider a role with Wates. I applied and was offered a position on the management trainee scheme following the Career Ready Internship.

“The construction industry is traditionally male dominated, and the perception of this environment can be intimidating for young females who are aspiring to careers within this sector, but it is important for females to know that the industry has changed.”

I then studied an HNC and Level 4 NVQ in Building Services Engineering, a two-year course that allowed me to spend four days a week on site with the fifth day spent at Salford College. Following the completion of this course, I then enrolled onto a degree in Quantity Surveying at the University of Salford where I plan to graduate in September 2021 and obtain my professional chartership by April 2022.

After two years on the Wates trainee scheme, I was promoted to an Assistant Quantity Surveyor working in the mechanical and electrical business unit. During my four years at Wates I have worked on numerous projects across the North West and Yorkshire region in a range of sectors with different values. 

The construction industry is traditionally male dominated, and the perception of this environment can be intimidating for young females who are aspiring to careers within this sector, but it is important for females to know that the industry has changed. There are many opportunities with a range of roles which are suitable for a multitude of people. Building sites are busy and fast paced which allows great opportunity to develop knowledge and experience to learn.

The senior leadership team who support me in my current role encourage me to work hard and push me to excel in my potential which has allowed me to become an established, trusted and highly regarded member of the team. This has allowed me to develop more confidence and expand my network to other professionals within the industry. 

There has also been great benefit in completing my academic qualifications alongside working as I can apply my on the job training experience with the theory I am taught.

In the long-term I would like to excel in my current role and aspire to a senior role whilst changing the stereo type gender within construction whilst also supporting young people entering the industry in the same way I was. It is important to pass my experience on to other students, so they can benefit the same way I have.

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