An apprentice in the construction industry

Kirsty Conner got her job at construction firm Vistry Group through a Women in Construction programme where the company spotted her potential.

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Kirsty Conner knew she was happiest when she is doing a job that interests and challenges her. That’s why it was important for her to find a career path that allowed her to reach her full potential and within a sector that she would be happy to work in for the rest of her employment.

Having tried other jobs in the past, her father suggested construction. He had worked within the industry all his life and, aware of his daughter’s motivations and goals, recommended the Women in Construction (WiC) site management programme to her.

After enrolling, Kirsty attended a site visit to Vistry Group’s Beam Park development followed by a two-week work placement with another builder. She fell in love with construction and immediately wanted to learn more and become a part of it.

Apprenticeship

Once her two-week placement was complete, however, she was disappointed to find out that there were no open vacancies available with that company.  Nevertheless, based on the feedback they gave on her performance during her placement, Vistry reached out to her and invited her to an interview for a trainee assistant site manager position. She got the job and will get training through an apprenticeship.

Looking ahead, Kirsty plans to work her way up from trainee assistant site manager to senior site manager and have control of her own site. She says she only sets goals that are realistic and achievable and she knows that she has a lot of work ahead of her, but she is eager to learn and determined to succeed.

She says: “At the site visit to Beam Park, I met a few of the company’s employees. They were all friendly, welcoming and eager to give us more information about construction and site management. The company’s attitude towards learning, development and progression appealed to me. Upon researching Vistry Group, I also found that the company’s values align with my own. My interviewer showed great enthusiasm for his job and the company which assured me that I was making the right decision.”

Vistry Group won this year’s WM People Top Employer Award for Talent Attraction and Outreach with the judges praising its enthusiasm for giving those coming into the industry confidence, taking a broad range of approaches to outreach and being willing to invest time in getting out to harder to reach candidate groups.

Kirsty says: “I hope to learn as much as possible during my time with Vistry. I intend to develop my skills, build strong professional relationships and progress as much as possible within the company. I am looking forward to starting my apprenticeship and becoming a valuable member of the team. I also hope to become an inspiration to other women who are looking to start a career in construction and offer support and advice where possible.”

*Kirsty features in the WM People Best Practice Report based on the WM People Top Employer Award winners. It is published next month.



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