Notts apprentice shines light on women in construction

Construction apprentice Beth Chamberlain is paving her way to a bright future with contractor G F Tomlinson as she studies to be a construction site manager.

Supported by the contractor, the 20-year-old is on track to reach her career goal in construction management and said her training has been a hugely valuable learning curve.

At the same time she is undertaking a degree in construction management at Nottingham Trent University, before going on to eventually become a site manager.

Beth said: “I am now two years into my apprenticeship which has given me experience that I thought I would never get.”

“The good thing about doing this with G F Tomlinson is that you get an overview of the whole business and spend time in each of the core areas of the company.”

It has opened up doors to things that I had never considered before and has been such a great learning experience

Beth Chamberlain on her time with contractor G F Tomlinson

Beth is currently gaining practical experience on site in Worksop and Mansfield working on G F Tomlinson’s County Enterprise Foods project and Sand Banks project.

The company has an ongoing recruitment and skills programme and continually invests in new apprenticeship places every year with placements normally start in September for 16-to-19-year-olds.

Kevin Dodds, construction manager at G F Tomlinson, said: “More young people like Beth are needed in the industry to help fill a skills gap.”

“One piece of advice we do give to young people when they are applying for apprenticeships is to get themselves registered with the Construction Industry Training Board, CITB. By doing that they are already putting themselves on the right track to a career in construction by showing potential employers they are committed.”


Picture: Sandy Banks Family Centre in Mansfield where G F Tomlinson is fitting solar panels

Through its partnership with the East Midlands Property Alliance’s (EMPA) Training Academy, G F Tomlinson helped to support four new apprentices last year.
This year the company will take on a craft apprentice and three technical apprentices across the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire region. 
Darren Kembery, training advisor at G F Tomlinson, said young people will work alongside mentors to give them the experience they need.
He said: “We set youngsters up with one to one mentors and a training programme involving spending three months in each part of the company. After a year they can then start to specialise in a specific area.
“Beth is a great example of a young person who wants to progress their career in the construction industry and is doing really well on her apprenticeship.”
“She is currently working at a number of onsite projects for us and has proven she is very competent.”
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