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Leeds young professionals speak about starting out

8 January 2021

The Leeds Novus group held a webinar titled ‘Welcome to Construction: Your First Years in the Industry’ in the autumn. 

Three local young professionals, chaired by Sam Dibaj, chair of Leeds Hub, spoke about their experience of starting out in the construction industry, offering tips on how to get the best start on career paths and things they wish they had done differently.

Lydia McGuinness, co-chair of G4C Yorkshire and Humber and trainee site manager at Henry Boot Construction, described the challenges and benefits of studying and working at the same time and raised her experience of being a young female in a male-dominated industry – particularly working on site. 

Danielle Fleming, senior building surveyor at East Riding of Yorkshire, discussed changing direction in her career and the huge benefits of mentoring and being an ambassador to young people. 

Jake Morrish, chair of Novus Leeds and assistant site manager at Redrow Homes, described what a normal day in his role looked like and also talked about some of the benefits of working towards his professional qualification with CIOB.

The session was really well received by those who attended and will be available online.

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