On a routine visit to the site office, Mr Jardine discovered former student Chloe Lodge who is a Business Administration apprentice with Carillon the contractor responsible for delivering the new building.
Mrs Lowe went to meet Chloe and find out how she is enjoying the job and what she had to say about girls working within STEM.
Chloe left The Heath in 2014 and went to college where she studied History, Psychology, Sociology and Pre-teaching, although she completed her courses she felt that further full time study was not a good fit for her, she had not heard much about apprenticeships but felt the combination of work and learning may suit her better. She started looking for a job, turning down a Health and Beauty apprenticeship, before getting the job with Carillon in November 2016. Chloe had never considered a career in construction before but said she absolutely loves the job and gets along well with all her colleagues. As an apprentice she has been able to get a taste of many different roles on site and is considering a future aim to be a Quantity Surveyor, she said that she is learning so much as an apprentice and gets lots of input from colleagues to her training and development. Chloe is one of four female members of staff on site and said she is loving it and that other girls should consider careers in construction and other STEM areas because there are so many opportunities and all her colleagues are very friendly and nice.