tuesday 5th march 2024

Women in Construction: South Midlands apprentice talks her recent award win and career so far

To celebrate this year's Women in Construction week (3-9 March), our South Midlands apprentice, Stephanie Black - who recently received an award from the National House Building Council (NHBC) for her personal progression - talks about her win and how she got started in the industry. 

NHBC award

Starting off strong

Stephanie, aged 23 and from Northampton, is a trainee assistant site manager for our South Midlands team, working on the Vision development in Milton Keynes. Before entering the industry in 2021, Stephanie hadn’t held any previously related roles. 

Steph commented: “I was looking to change my career, going in a completely different direction. Knowing I loved being outside and enjoying doing DIY projects at home, I decided to look into roles in construction.”

Vision at Whitehouse

“Since taking on the role of trainee site manager, there is no typical day and each one is different - which is what I enjoy most about it. I can go from generally checking plots to preparing for vital inspections, and the variety is fantastic.”

In February, Stephanie attended the latest NHBC graduation ceremony in Milton Keynes where she was awarded NHBC’s Construction Site Supervisor Apprentice of the Year. 

Stephanie added: “An apprenticeship in house building is for everyone. We must attract the widest pool of talent and people from all backgrounds to take up an apprenticeship in the house-building industry to help address the nationwide skills gap and housing shortage. 

“I took on such a varied, interesting and demanding apprenticeship, and have gained such extensive knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of topics. I’m looking forward to what I hope to be a great career ahead which offers many opportunities and makes a real difference.I hope to one day manage my own site! ”

Kevin Salisbury, Production Director at Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, said:“Since joining Taylor Wimpey in 2021, we’ve been nothing but impressed with Stephanie and her attitude to learning on the job. She is a brilliant member of the team at Vision and her recent recognition from the NHBC is a true testament to how she has flourished in the role as a trainee site manager. We couldn’t be prouder to have her work for the company and look forward to seeing her managing her own site in the not too distant future and winning an NHBC award in her own right. 

Keep up the good work, Stephanie!” 

WIC Week, or Women in Construction Week, celebrates and promotes the role of women in the construction industry. This year's theme, 'Keys to the Future', celebrates the strength and knowledge of women and the vital role they play in shaping the future of the construction industry.