Proud to fly the flag for construction

Nov 20, 2015

By Rukhsana Nabi, Partnerships Manager















As we are partners with Salix Homes on its £22m property improvement programme, some of our team were invited to attend a careers event at All Hallows R.C. High School, to encourage young people to consider a career in construction.

This is a regular part of our job as some of us have been Construction Ambassadors for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) for many years.  We have a genuine passion for construction and are keen to pass this on to the younger generation who may not realise the wealth of jobs available in our industry.

Yes, there are the practical jobs such as bricklayers, tilers, joiners and plasterers but there are also architects, designers, project managers, procurement officers, surveyors, managers and a whole lot more.  Many young people also believe, quite wrongly, that construction is for people who are non- academic – but we want people with qualifications in English and Maths at GCSE level as well as those with higher qualifications like A Levels and degrees.

The great thing about this industry is that there is something for everyone. If you hate the classroom and prefer a more hands on role, you can still climb the career ladder.  Just ask our company directors who started as trainees and have worked their way up through the ranks to run a successful company!  If you have the determination and ambition you can have a very successful career in construction, whether you start on site or in an administrative role.

As Construction Ambassadors we visit schools to provide practical demonstrations as well as information about the sector and answer any questions our young people have.   Many of our regular blog readers will know about Emanuel Whittaker’s commitment to training young people through our award winning apprenticeship programme and we do like to put our money where our mouth is on this issue.

There are benefits for our company too.  It raises our profile in the areas where we work and is an important part of our corporate social responsibility programme.   And, if we spot somebody we think could work with us, we will ask them to get in touch when they leave school to ask about vacancies.  We really do keep names on file!

If you work in construction and would like to be a construction ambassador you can find out more information at

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