At Reds10, we believe that every day is the right time to celebrate, empower and uplift our staff - all of them - because whether it is a particular awareness week or not, they do their jobs and they do them exceptionally well. We #choosetochallenge in our everyday lives - whether it is the misconceptions about modular construction, or the roles of our team within it. We implore our industry, daily, not just to pay lip service to the various issues it faces, but to make a real change. Today.
But, we recognise as well, the value in celebrating women in construction together, as a industry-wide initiative. So, join us to talk to some of our staff during Women In Construction Week 2021.
What is it?
The focus of Women in Construction (WIC) Week is to highlight women as a viable component of the construction industry, to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.
After leaving school I joined the Royal Navy and was one of the first women to go to sea on a warship. I was a Radar Operator and spent two deployments in the Adriatic during the Bosnian conflict.
After the Royal Navy I worken in financial management before leaving to have my first child. Following that, I worked in several fields before finding my calling, so to speak, in construction.
I found the experience built up in the military, especially the discipline and being part of a team, to be real transferable skills into the construction sector.
I really enjoy the camaraderie on the Reds10 sites and working with different teams to meet tight timelines. I also relish working with our clients to ensure we continue to meet (and exceed!) their expectations. All of this is particularly pertinent in my current role as Site Manager on the NetCAP scheme at Knook Training Camp, in partnership with Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and Landmarc Solutions. Working on a military camp takes me back to my Navy basic training!
My advice to any person, not just women, thinking of a career in construction would be to jump in and embrace the challenge. You will not know everything, but do not be scared to ask. No matter how silly you think the question is.