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News: Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day 2021 — Meet for­mer con­struc­tion appren­tice Jess, who worked on City Hub

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To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, we've spoken to former Construction apprentice Jess, who worked on the City Hub project and is an advocate for diversity in her industry.

Jess Peet (24) from Clifton, secured a Lev­el 3 NVQ in Con­struc­tion and the Built Envi­ron­ment at Not­ting­ham Col­lege as an appren­tice pre­vi­ous­ly, then went on to be a com­mer­cial man­age­ment trainee for Wates Con­struc­tion, the con­trac­tor who built our recent­ly opened City Hub. She talked to us about diver­si­ty in the work­place and the impor­tance of fel­low women join­ing her industry.

As a woman work­ing in con­struc­tion, I hope I can inspire oth­ers and show that the indus­try has no bar­ri­ers — it is a sec­tor full of pos­si­bil­i­ties for both men and women. 

If you’re an appren­tice you always want to prove more, you always what to show more of what you can do, espe­cial­ly going into a tra­di­tion­al­ly dom­i­nat­ed male work­place. The con­struc­tion indus­try was known pre­vi­ous­ly known as a male dom­i­nant’ envi­ron­ment how­ev­er, it is con­tin­u­al­ly chang­ing, and more and more women are com­ing into this indus­try! It’s a great indus­try to work in! 

 — Jess
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Jess worked as a Com­mer­cial Man­age­ment Trainee with Wates, and is cur­rent­ly being sup­port­ed by them to under­take a Char­tered Degree Appren­tice­ship in Com­mer­cial Man­age­ment and Quan­ti­ty Sur­vey­ing at Not­ting­ham Trent Uni­ver­si­ty.

She was pro­mot­ed to Assis­tant Sur­vey­or back in Octo­ber 2020 with Wates Con­struc­tion and is still work­ing full-time with a day release for her Uni­ver­si­ty stud­ies. Her even­tu­al aim and inten­tion is to be a com­mer­cial quan­ti­ty surveyor. 

Whilst work­ing on the City Hub project Jess was respon­si­ble for the cost man­age­ment of key ele­ments of the build­ing as the site work­force, sub­con­trac­tors and the site cab­ins and Jess’ role ensured that the build ran as effi­cient­ly and effec­tive­ly as pos­si­ble.

She told us that she’s real­ly proud of her time work­ing on the project, par­tic­u­lar­ly as it’s now part of her old Col­lege and one par­tic­u­lar high­light was attend­ing on the day that the City Hub was offi­cial­ly hand­ed over as com­plete.

Speak­ing about her employ­ment with our busi­ness part­ner Wates, she said:

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. Part­ly based on my pos­i­tive expe­ri­ence of an appren­tice­ship, my younger broth­er is now set to under­take one with Not­ting­ham Col­lege too. 

 — Jess
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  • 8th March 2021 (12:00 AM)
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