Students are incredibly resilient and resolute in their desire to forge their own path when it comes to education” and that “they have a keen understanding of the need for skills-based training and lifelong learning, which are integral to succeeding now and in the future.
Julie presented to a number of schools in Kent and Medway through Education Partnership, her journey into the world of construction.
To inspire the next generation and to encourage more young women to pursue a career in construction, Julie shares her “have a go and never give up” attitude in the following video.
Julie’s creative flair isn’t from a design background directly. Her “can-do” attitude established her business experience with running a craft company, becoming a wedding florist and then spotting a gap in the market for a cafe where Rap’s Head Office is based in Kent.
Julie admits in the above video that, while working in construction was not the dream she had envisaged for her life, she has loved the last 28 years at Rap Interiors and is excited about her next mission.
Julie offers her advice to those who are looking to work in construction.
Make sure you engage with people in a positive way and be remembered – for the good things! – and always go way above what is expected of you so you make a difference. You’ll find many achievements, self-worth and then you’re valuable to everyone.
Women in Construction at Rap Interiors
The presence of women within construction is certainly increasing. It was noticeable even from university days, where the ratio of female to male was around 40:60 on my degree course.
There are many roles for women within the construction industry. Whilst uptake in labouring in skilled site work is still predominately male, females are more and more frequently within managerial roles. Multiples studies show that women often make a better leader.
I have always wanted to work within construction in one role or another and was fortunate to not be put off just because of my gender. In general, I feel I receive on the most part as much respect as my male co-workers.
It’s great to be working in construction as there is such a diverse range of job roles within the industry. I have dabbled in social media, marketing, admin and accounts which from the outset doesn’t sound like your typical role in the sector, but just as important as the bricks and mortar on site.
I really enjoy my job as every day is different. I could be promoting the latest project, working on a tender or attending school career fairs and I think this is the side of industry people don’t know about. Unfortunately, construction is always seen as manly Bob the builder work, but what people need to remember is Bob couldn’t always do the work without Wendy.
There is such a wide range of work people can do in construction which isn’t always promoted, such as the office side of things which women and men can do alongside the trades on site. I feel maybe schools could actively promote this better to get more talent into construction.
I love the variety of roles offered in this industry and there are many roles women can do in construction. I am now office-based, working as Marketing Assistant but I have undertaken various roles while working for Rap Interiors since May 2009.
Originally I worked in sales, then progressed to the Projects Team where I assisted and ran smaller projects, went out to sites and coordinated with sub-contractors, ensuring projects ran smoothly.
In fact, I have almost been involved in every department over the last 12 years, apart from finance (not my strongest subject!) So my time in the industry and at Rap Interiors shows that versatility within construction is endless.
During the pandemic, one industry has managed to “keep calm and carry on” and construction could therefore provide a silver lining for students and their future career prospects.
The construction industry has been concerned for many years that there aren’t many young people looking to work in our exciting world but now schools are looking to refurbish their premises to create more blocks for subjects in art, design, engineering, carpentry, plastering, building and bricklaying.
This is excellent news for the construction industry and the future of Gen Z. These school subjects provide great character building opportunities which is a quality we look for in candidates when looking for a new member to join the team.
This industry is a strong area where teamwork is at the core of everything. Rap Interiors is a brilliant example of a design and fit out company working in construction with a great team at its core.
It would be safe to say that if you walked into a workplace that had been designed by Rap Interiors, you would know it would have been Rapped. We are a colourful company and believe that colour inspires, motivates and cheers you up when you go to work and school
How to Complete a School Refurbishment Project During a Pandemic
As schools have reopened, it’s essential to make sure the school interior is safe and practical for students and staff. There should be a balance between reducing the spread of COVID-19 as well as ensuring teachers can give and students can receive the best possible education.
During the pandemic, we have completed a number of refurbishment projects for schools and colleges. While we have been busy working on sites, we have been working to social distancing procedures to keep our clients and employees safe.
Take a look at the schools we have designed during the past year below, including washrooms, a coffee shop and a sixth form breakout area.
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