Inspiring the next generation of construction professionals
The construction industry is evolving at an unprecedented rate. Whilst embracing future opportunities with new technology and methods of working, professionals are keen not to lose sight on the importance of collaborative working, social capital, and the overall human element within the industry.
As a result, Building magazine recently brought together a group of 12 graduates working across the built environment to discuss their hopes, dreams and fears for the sector. James Faflik, project manager at Gleeds, was asked to join the panel. Here, James discusses how his career in construction began, and what changes he’d make to improve efficiency in the built environment.
What inspired you to pursue a career in the construction industry?
I was inspired by my older brother, a carpenter, and entered the construction sector after doing a sport science exercise degree at Nottingham Trent. I heard about Gleeds from a friend and found that the business side of things interested me the most. I then secured myself a job with a consultant and I am now currently studying a master’s degree in project management based in Nottingham, sponsored by Gleeds.
What has been your highlight of working in the industry so far?
A recent role as a project manager on a multimillion-pound four star hotel in Milton Keynes has been the highlight in my career so far. Having been given the opportunity to work with a range of clients has been one of the best parts of working at Gleeds.
What change would you like to see within the construction industry?
The aggressive side of the industry should be left behind, while companies should be more willing to work together. People shouldn’t be afraid to challenge the ways things have been done in the past.
I would like the construction industry to be less averse to an open-book, partnership type of procurement and project team set-up. I tend to find that there is still a gap between client-side consultants and the contractor in many instances. We need to look at how we can improve and not stall.