Speaking ahead of Women in Construction Week and International Women’s Day, she said: “What I love about my job (at Hodgkinson Builders) is the people I work with, and the feeling of getting something accomplished.
“There’s always something new to learn every day in house-building and commercial-building.”
According to the GMB union, women account for just 12.5 per cent of the workforce in the construction sector. In her role, Jilly deals with everything from hiring on-site equipment and materials to covering for buyer Martha Birkett when she is away.
She also works with Hodgkinson’s business development manager, Matthew Finnie, in dealing with land and talking to clients.
Jilly started with the firm in September 2019 and has recently been enrolled by Hodgkinson in a BA Hons construction management degree, attending the University of Derby a day-and-a-half each week alongside her paid work.
She said: “When I first applied for the job, I didn’t know anything about construction. “In school you only heard of bricklayers and that was it.
“I did just think it would all be men, but after starting with Hodgkinsons I found there are women who do work in the construction industry which was great to see.
“There are so many different roles in construction that are available to everyone, regardless of your gender.”
Jilly offered wise words to any females considering a role in construction: “I would encourage women to be in construction.
“I think it’s a really good industry to be in.”