To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, we've spoken to former Construction apprentice Jess, who is now using her training to work on the College’s new City Hub building project.
Jess Peet (22) from Clifton, secured a Level 3 NVQ in Construction and the Built Environment at Nottingham College as an apprentice in 2018 and is now a commercial management trainee for Wates Construction, the contractor currently building the College’s new building by the Broadmarsh development.
I have always wanted to work within the property and construction industry and my apprenticeship was the first step towards doing that. Of course, I had no idea then that one day I would be returning to the place that I studied to get my first on site construction experience! Being from Nottingham as well as part of the hard working team building this impressive new campus gives me so much pride in a job that I already love.- Jess Peet
Living just 20 minutes from the project, Jess is based on site at the Cliff Road development after being appointed to Wates’ trainee programme last year. Jess will complete two years of hands-on construction experience alongside study prior to becoming an assistant surveyor with the Midlands-based contractor.
When we spoke to Jess about what it’s like to be a female working in construction, she said the following:
As a woman in construction, I hope I can inspire others and show that this industry has no barriers - it is a sector full of possibilities for men and women. I am part of a rapidly growing minority and when I am on site, my gender is completely irrelevant- Jess
Jess is responsible for the cost management of key elements of the Nottingham City Hub project such as the site workforce, subcontractors and the site cabins. Working closely with the production team and the project surveyor and commercial manager, Jess’ role ensures the build runs as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Aside from the connection I have to Nottingham College through my apprenticeship, my favourite thing about the role is the diversity. Every day is different and presents new and interesting learning opportunities meaning that I leave work feeling extremely fulfilled and start each morning with a sense of eager anticipation about the new experiences ahead.- Jess