While she’s fulfilling her lifelong dream of working in construction, Sandra Pemberton’s enthusiasm towards the sector and for Apprenticeships remains stronger than ever.
“An Apprenticeship gives you absolutely everything to aim for,” the groundworks apprentice with Carnell said.
“The training, the industry experience, the links with different businesses and a wealth of in-depth knowledge all help guide you towards specific or more specialist roles. All this makes me proud to be an apprentice and to promote this pathway as a professional career route.”
Since joining Carnell in November 2023, Ipswich-based Sandra has been working onsite full-time, with block release training taking place at Construction College Midlands, part of Walsall College. Here, she has developed her skills in groundworks processes such as kerbing, edging, footpath laying, how to set out drainage as well as understanding drawing plans.
Through her constant thirst for knowledge, Sandra has enjoyed taking photographs, making detailed written notes based on the expertise of her college trainers and work colleagues, as well as through background reading.
“I’m like a sponge absorbing everything. I find it all fascinating,” continued Sandra. “This is just a great journey to be on.”
A former SEND support worker, Sandra completed an introduction to construction training programme and gained her CSCS card. From here, she joined a women in construction course which included a work experience opportunity in a recycling centre and on a home-building programme. Once groundwork became the sector area that appealed to her most of all, Sandra began searching for vacancies and was recruited by Carnell.
“I’ve always liked the idea of doing things myself in terms of building something from scratch, problem-solving and fixing issues, in addition to being outdoors.
“I’m loving every day in this role. I’m so glad I’ve explored the opportunities out there and found myself in this position.
“I’d encourage others to see what’s out there for them too.”