I took a fairly ‘standard’ route into Programme management beginning with a sandwich degree at LJMU. If I was in the same position now I’d like to think I’d explore a technical apprenticeship having seen the benefits it has delivered to a number of junior colleagues, albeit I enjoyed my time at university and the life experience that came with it. Once graduated, I began my career working predominantly on large scale public sector schemes.
A career highlight so far was delivering the Nightingale Hospital in my home town of Harrogate. What was achieved over a 10 day period is testament to the industry and what can be done when the conditions are right and the pressure is on.
I’m fortunate enough to have worked with a number of large government and public sector organisations, all of which have large pipelines of capital project delivery. However, a common theme across these clients and sectors has been a skills / capability shortage to deliver what are becoming increasingly complex construction projects. That coupled with supply chain issues for a variety of reasons have made long term planning and strategising very difficult.