Construction ambassador Charlie highly commended
Published by Kelly Elliott for Keepmoat in Local Government and also in Communities
From l-r Wayne Edwards (Keepmoat Managing Quantity Surveyor), Alison Davis (Keepmoat Lead Tenant Liaison Officer), Alison Howe of CITB, Charlie Zennadi of Keepmoat and Roger Silvester of CITB.
A Customer Care Manager who has championed a scheme designed to promote construction as a career among young people has been recognised for her dedication.
Charlie Zennadi, who works for national housing and regeneration company Keepmoat, is passionate about showing young people that there is more to working in construction than they might first think.
Earlier this year she set about encouraging her colleagues in Keepmoat’s South Wales region to become Construction Ambassadors and, thanks to her enthusiasm, 10 employees have now undergone the training.
Since then they have been working hard visiting local schools and talking about the different jobs available within the construction industry.
Now Charlie’s efforts have been recognised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) which has awarded her the Highly Commended prize in the Construction Ambassador of the Year 2013 South East Wales Awards.
Charlie, who has been a Construction Ambassador herself for about six years, said: “It is a real honour to be Highly Commended in the awards – I have found being an ambassador a very rewarding experience and knew what benefit it could bring both to Keepmoat and local schools and young people.
“I had a great response from my colleagues when I was putting together the Construction Ambassadors team and the best thing is we have a real mix of people from across the organisation.
“At Keepmoat we already do a lot of work with local schools and have taken part in various careers days and work experience programmes so this has been a great way to further our involvement.”
The Keepmoat staff who have become Construction Ambassadors work across the business and include Tenant Liaison Officers, a Site Manager and the regional Business Development Manager.
Each ambassador is committed to taking part in at least three events a year, including showing pupils around Keepmoat sites and speaking at careers events.
Charlie, who is based in Keepmoat’s Cardiff office, said: “The construction industry is very varied and there are many different career opportunities available but often people, especially younger people, are not aware of the options on offer.
“I really enjoy my role as a Construction Ambassador and being recognised with this award is just the icing on the cake.”
This is the first time the Highly Commended award has been presented following an extremely high standard of nominations in this year’s awards.
Alison Howe of the CITB said: “We would like to congratulate Charlie on winning this well-deserved award and also thank her for all her support to date as a Construction Ambassador. We are very much looking forward to continuing working with Charlie and her colleagues in the future.”