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Women in Construction Awards 2016: Interview with Georgina Ablett, Arcadis
This year the Women in Construction Awards took place on 23 March at the Palace Hotel, Manchester.
We were the proud sponsors of the Engineer of the Year Award – Civil/Infrastructure category and attended the event with some of our guests from Arcadis, Arup, Jacobs, UK Power Networks and WYG.
Following the awards we caught up with Georgina Ablett from Arcardis who received a commendation in the Rising Star category. We asked her to give us her thoughts on why we should celebrate women in construction and engineering, share with us her career high points, and give us an insight into what makes a career in construction exciting.
Why celebrate women in construction?
I think it’s important we celebrate the work women do in the industry. We need to challenge perceptions and promote careers in the industry to those considering this as their career path. The whole industry has a skills shortage and so we need to encourage both men and women to get involved.
What has been your career high point?
It’s difficult to pick one specific highlight. One thing that will always stand out in my mind as something I was really proud of was successfully leading my first project from inception to completion.
What makes a career in construction exciting for you?
I love to see people using the buildings you helped to create, in the way you’d first envisaged. I think it’s fantastic to see something built and completed that you have spent so much time discussing, reviewing and agreeing.
Georgina is an enthusiastic Project Manager who leads and encourages the team through her proactive attitude. Her determination and focus on building strong working relationships contributes to her successful delivery of challenging projects. She is actively involved as a mentor for people looking to enter the construction industry.
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