One to watch: Alex Playle MCIOB, Mace

The project manager at Mace explains what first attracted him to construction and what he loves about working in the industry.

Why did you choose construction as a career? What else might you have done?

When I was younger, I thought about joining the Police or the Royal Navy as I wanted to continue with higher education but did not want to go off to university. But I learned that many construction companies invest a lot into apprentices and school leavers.

This is when I found Mace, who invested heavily into my development as a construction professional by sending me on day release to university to complete my qualifications while gaining invaluable practical experience on their projects.

What do you love about the industry and what would you change if you could?

I love how there is an apprenticeship course for almost every role on a project and that so many companies are looking to invest in new starters. It is simply great to see so many options for joining this ever-growing industry.

I also love the variety that comes with this industry, each day and project brings something new: the people you get to work alongside on every project bring different knowledge, experiences and backgrounds. Something I would like to see change is further strides in the industry towards circular construction and reducing waste across projects.

What are your career ambitions?

As I move forward with my career, I want to be leading parts of a business to help make strategic decisions and implement ideas that can help the wider construction industry and to help those new joiners on similar schemes.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like to look into construction technology being developed and also at emerging tech from outside the construction sector and how it eventually might be adopted into the construction industry.

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