An award-winning apprentice in Bishop’s Stortford, who is hoping to cement a career in construction, has called for more women to join the housing industry.
Bovis Homes apprentice Sofia Taylor
Sofia Taylor, 19, who is undertaking a sales apprenticeship at Bovis Homes’ Stortford Fields location, said more young women were needed to bring a fresh approach to the building sector.
Sofia, from Basildon, recently won the regional sales team’s Rising Star award for her hard work and potential. She wants to learn more about other roles available to apprentices too and hopes to go out on site with the build team.
“The job needs more young people and particularly more young women if the industry is to thrive in the future,” she said. “Women need to go for it because they can add so much and shake up what in the past has been an extremely male-dominated area.
“If you’re a young woman and want to work in the construction industry, just go out there and do it.”
The former part-time waitress who studied art, media and graphics at Brentwood School, said her people skills and digital knowledge had helped in her current role, which includes helping customers to find their dream home.
Not only does she liaise with customers but also with the various teams inside Bovis Homes from the technical department to the marketing team.
Sofia, who works full-time, Thursday to Monday, at Stortford Fields, now hopes to sit her CSCS test. Passing this test provides evidence that those working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications.
“I’ve learnt a huge amount so far, especially how fast-paced the construction industry is,” she said. “I’m keen to experience some hands-on construction work and love the sales team – there’s a great sense of camaraderie here!”
Candice McCabe, regional marketing manager at Bovis Homes, said Sofia had made an
impressive start to her apprenticeship and was already a key part of the Stortford Fields team.
“Sofia is a very worthy winner of our Rising Star award and is making a fantastic contribution to the sales team,” she said.
“Our customer feedback is very positive, and she has the dedication and ability to go all the way at Bovis Homes, within the sales or build teams.”