We met Natasha when she attended a Budding Builders course to learn more about construction and gain access into employment opportunities in the industry. After excelling in the programme, Natasha is now completing a Site Management Apprenticeship at Emtec. She wrote a blog to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 and inspire more women into construction.
When I left school I was uncertain of what I wanted to do. I participated in a media and a hairdressing course, but very soon I realised I couldn’t see myself thriving in these fields. I decided that construction was a better way to put my energy to use. Being unemployed and looking for opportunities to support me and my family, I applied for a course at Construction Youth Trust. There, I met Pearl, my mentor. Pearl shared with us her personal stories about how she built her own house and talked us through her professional experiences. She always pushed all of her students to do the best they could! She encouraged me to believe anything is possible and never to give up. Pearl was my role model to get into the industry and construction became my passion!
I enjoy working in construction because each day is different. This job role is like no other, the environment is bubbly and it reminds me of one big family at times when we are all sat in the site office together. I enjoy being able to walk on site to view the scenery and as most of our work is at height, I get the opportunity to view London from above. It is truly breathtaking!
I would strongly recommend more women to get involved. There are loads of job roles available to them, they could work on site specialising in a trade or in site office as a manager or document controller. They could either be hands on or work within the management.
To inspire more young women into construction, I think students should have access to information about the variety of job roles within the industry, so that they have a good understanding of what’s involved. Unfortunately, construction has been stereo-typed as a dirty job. However, I can assure you it is a great industry offering rewarding careers for both women and men!
No job is a man’s job, women can do everything!!!