Tales From The Hook episode 2

🎤 Second podcast has launched

Two construction workers commit suicide each day. After a successful BBC documentary titled “We Are England:
Coping in Construction”, Steve Kerslake of Construction Sport discusses what mental health means for the construction industry.

Steve was a fantastic guest and subject matter aside we had a real laugh late last night. Also had the pleasure of bumping into Steve at London Build Expo

👂 You can listen in here or click the section to the left

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Sponsored by Liebherr Mobile and Crawler Cranes and supported by Construction Wave

Feedback as always very much welcomed

Podcast Launch

It’s happened!

My first episode in my #podcast series Tales From The Hook launched yesterday, sadly I was sooooo busy I didn’t have time to relay this fantastic news to anyone.

🎤 A brilliant and honest chat with the fantastic Christina Riley touching on her 30 years years in construction and the changes she has seen and been through.

👂 You can listen to the podcast here on my website, check the side menu or – 

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➡️Listen Notes

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☕️ This podcast couldn’t have happened without the support and help from Andrew Curtin at Construction Wave just shows you never know where those coffee conversations will take you.

🏗️ But also with the support from Liebherr who have decided to come with me on this journey.

Look forward to hearing what you all think….(probably😅)

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Featured in the Liebherr Upload Magazine

Recently I was featured in the rather beautiful Liebherr Upload magazine. Really proud with how it turned out and honoured to be invited to feature ❤️

I touch on

👉My journey

👉 The future

👉 Necessary industry changes

👉Working for Select

👉Unplugged cranes

If you haven’t has a look you can have a look at all of the magazines here👉 https://www.liebherr.com/en/gbr/products/mobile-and-crawler-cranes/customer-magazine/downloads.html

I am featured in the magazine 2 2022, the piece starts on page 84 with some of Liebherr’s fantastic female workforce.

BBC Radio 5 Live Wake Up To Money

If anyone is up early tomorrow morning and fancies a listen I will be taking part in Wake Up To Money on BBC 5 Live at 5am.

If 5am is not your thing I believe it will be on catch up.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0070lr5

BBC Bitesize

What do a crane operator , a power lifter and a grime violinist have in common???

Ok not much but we are all featured in a BBC Bitesize piece for International women day.

BBC Bitesize is a learning resource for school children in England.

Please click and have a read –

National Apprenticeship week!!!

I love National Apprenticeship Week, its great seeing what work everyone is doing around apprenticeships in the industry.

I put a video together to give my thoughts about apprenticeships and a look into my experiences.

NAW2020

Year One

So on the 6th of October 2014 I joined the Select first Lifting Technician apprenticeship.

This was a huge step for me I had spent my previous working life working in sales, starting in mobile phones, to advertising eventually ending up in recruitment. Sales was something I started doing while I was at university and it was something I couldn’t shake off, I was pigeon holed nobody would offer me a job doing something else because I was just viewed as a sales person with no transferable skills! I tried for years to reinvent myself to no avail.

I never dreamed of being a crane operator or ever imagined I could do something like that. My apprenticeship provided me with so much support and training I felt like the luckiest person in the world, actually able to reboot her life into a better place. I learned so many skills things I never dreamed I could do, I finally made my parents proud and I was earning a decent income.

I’m going to throw back a post dedicated to each year of my 5 years these photos are from 6th October 2014 to 6th October 2015.

This year I went from college, to training in our yards to my first site at Tottenham Court Road Crossrail where I operated a lovely Liebherr LTR1060.

My first on site crane!
Always kept it neat and tidy
On site at Tottenham Court Road
First PPE

London Construction Awards Nominations!

Amazingly while I was away in Poland for a wedding I have been shortlisted for the London Construction Awards, Women in Construction award.

And even more fantastic off the back of this I was also selected for the Employee of the year award!

Very chuffed!

You can see more about the London Construction Awards here – https://www.londonconstructionawards.com/

Building the Liebherr LR1280 Conrad crane model

Amazingly complex model with amazingly simple instructions, for a fool like me who has never made a model it was slightly challenging.

I gave it a good go but the ropes were so fiddly this is now a two part video so I present you, part one!

Three Years Of Progress – Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Task Force

Recently I attended the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce Annual report – Three years of progress event. 

This was my third year on the board, I joined the board as a Crossrail apprentice when I worked at Tottenham Court Road and I have been a board member since. Our main objective is to get more apprentices into transport.

You may read the third report and previous reports here- https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/strategic-transport-apprenticeship-taskforce

The event was hosted by the brilliant Mike Brown who sits also as the chair of STAT.

I was fortunate enough to chair a panel of 4 brilliant apprentices 

Cameron O’Connell

Kimiah(Kimmy) Hibbert-Motaghedi

Catriona Kilgour

Jarrell Anthony

Who spoke about their experience of apprenticeships and what changes we can make for all, it was very thought provoking for all in the room.

We were followed by the brilliant Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE who as well as many other things is the Lord – Lieutenant if Greater London, he shared some brilliant thoughts on apprenticeships and social justice. 

A great event to celebrate the panels third year of progress towards more apprenticeships in transport.