Helen Fake

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How have you found the graduate scheme at Mace?

One of the best things the graduate scheme has provided is the opportunity to form networks with peers in different areas of the business. Getting to know other members of the cohort and building those relationships has helped in areas of my day-to-day job. The scheme is well set out and has given me a broad understanding of the construction business at Mace. I’ve enjoyed the first year of the graduate scheme and am looking forward to what the second year will hold.

What do you hope you will be doing in the next five years?

In the next five years I hope to be working in the same field and enjoying my job as much as I do now.

Why Mace?

At Mace I feel like I can make a positive difference to the environment through the work I am doing. 

What your roles includes e.g. typical activities and key responsibilities

Typically, a sustainability assistant will be working on a mix of consultancy and construction projects, meaning no two days will ever be the same. This role includes construction assurance, data collection, some data analysis, writing reports and other documents such as newsletters. There are lots of opportunities to learn and get involved with different project types.

What makes Mace organisation a great place to work

Mace is a supportive organisation to work for and care about their employees and the communities in which they work. A great example of this is the volunteering day where employees can take a day to work on a volunteering or charity project.

What training have you received?

As part of the graduate scheme, I have completed the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification. Mace have also provided a number of internal trainings which support with being a sustainability assistant

The best and worst pieces of your job 

The variety of activities is definitely the best part of my job. Getting the experience of working on multiple projects in different sectors has been really rewarding and has meant no day is ever dull. Most of the time project teams are eager to get involved but sometimes getting engagement from project teams to support sustainability initiatives is tough and can feel like an uphill battle.

How your career has progressed at Mace

Prior to starting at Mace, I had very limited knowledge of the construction sector and no experience in sustainability. Through the past eighteen months I have developed skills and knowledge around sustainability and have learned a significant amount.