Simona has lived in London for seven years. She recently worked with one of our grantees, Women into Construction, in their Moving on Up programme to help boost her career.
"My name is Simona and I’ve worked in construction for the last five years. I’m originally from Romania but have been in London for seven years – I live in East London. Before working in construction I had a cleaning job as a warehouse cleaner and now I work as a traffic marshal at Euston."
Simona has been working for Danny Sullivan for the past four years, and before that, she worked as a cleaner for VGC.
"Well I started as a traffic marshal three years ago, but now I'm a multi-skilled worker. I do more things like helping with lifting materials and supervision, fire marshalling and first aid. I work full time, about 10-12 hours a day."
"I'm the only one woman between 15 men! But it's nice, not scary."
When joining the Moving on Up programme with Women Into Construction, Simona wanted to get additional qualifications to increase her salary, study and learn new skills.
English is Simona’s second language and she did not know the English education system well. She was not aware of how to progress in her role and being on site for long hours made it difficult for her to research career paths and practice her language skills.
"The Moving On Up Women into Construction programme supported me a lot because I'm now a multi skilled person. In that programme they helped us with courses and I learned how to be more confident and think positively. I would definitely recommend this course to many people."
Through Women into Construction, Simona took part in CPD Six Steps to Career Success over six months. With the help of a mentor, Simona was able to completed a CITB Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme and her First Aid at Work Level 3 training. Both of these courses put Simona in a good position for promotion at work.
Women into Construction
Women into Construction is an independent not-for-profit organisation that promotes gender equality in construction. They provide bespoke support to women wishing to work in the construction industry and assist contractors to recruit highly motivated, trained women, helping to reduce skills gaps and create a more gender-equal work-force.