Women in Construction Industry : A Fortel Nijjer Case study
Anna Branecka started her journey with SkyBlue in May 2020, taking on the role of part-time hoist operator at the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital project in Smethwick – since then she has excelled on all fronts, growing into a qualified and trusted leader.
The hospital is set to transform healthcare in Sandwell and Birmingham, bringing together teams who provide acute and emergency care, servicing thousands in the West Midlands region.
SkyBlue, part of the Fortel group, has supported the project since inception and has a number of staff on site, from handyman roles to welfare operatives and labourer positions.
Anna’s enthusiasm and commitment has seen her position evolve rapidly – she is now working as a supervisor on the site.
Ambition and Support
Anna joined our SkyBlue team as a part-time hoist operator, before moving on to full-time work in the same position.
Her character and experience impressed site leaders in fortel, who nominated her for a supervisor role.
In this crucial role, Anna is responsible for overseeing a team of eight labourers.
She said: “I am enjoying the supervisor position, there is a fantastic team here and we are all working hard to get ahead of ourselves and make real progress on site.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of the job is seeing our plans and ideas come to life, I think this role gives me the opportunity to really take control of that and make sure that we are always moving forward.”
Once again, Anna has quickly impressed in her new role and site leaders suggested that her skills and positive attitude would be perfect for the role of site manager on the back shift.
SkyBlue worked with Anna to ensure she has the right credentials to do this.
Anna was enrolled and successfully completed extra training and upskilling, including securing the CITB Site Managers Safety Training Scheme Certification (SMSTS).
Anna completed and passed the required five-day course and is now able to move into this position.