Homegrown talent: Sebrina, site supervisor apprentice

Sebrina Modest Site Supervisor Apprentice in her Personal Protective Equipment on site

Sebrina has worked in construction for around six years. She is currently working on the Holloway Women’s Prison redevelopment, which will provide 985 new homes. She tells us about her role and why more women should get into construction

This redevelopment is a huge project and I think an important one, because there’s a focus on getting more women working in construction and that’s something I’m passionate about.  

As a site supervisor apprentice, it’s my job to keep everyone on the site safe and working within health and safety guidelines. I trained as an electrician but was always interested in the health and safety side, management, and how the site comes together. After a few attempts to break into the role with no joy, I spoke to Women in Construction, which helped me get the qualifications I needed and gave me some experience, too. Eventually I got this role, which is basically my dream job and just 20 minutes from my house! 

There are some challenges and outdated attitudes that need to be addressed. I sometimes feel like I need to work that bit harder to prove myself, despite my knowledge and experience. But things are improving. I would certainly recommend that more women get into the construction sector. We need more people represented, so we can get new ideas, rather than the same perspectives all the time.   

I’m really proud to be working on such an exciting project and I look forward to welcoming more women into construction! 

Want to get into construction, or find out about other employment options? Contact iWork on 020 7527 2706, email islingtonworking@islington.gov.uk, or visit the Islington Council website for more about iWork. 

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