Hazel Fraser - Director

Hazel Fraser - Director

What is your name?

Hazel Fraser

What company do you currently work for?

The Training Folk

What is your job title?

Director

Provide a brief description of your business

Training provider for the Construction Industry.

Describe your career pathway after leaving school

I went to the University of Dundee and studied Civil Engineering. I graduated after four years with a Honours degree in Civil Engineering and Management.

I then worked for a company in Glasgow as a setting out Engineer. I then moved back to Moray and started working for Breedon (Thistle Aggregates at the time). I started as a Road Surfacing Supervisor, I then worked my way up through the business in different roles and ended as the Regional Commercial Manager for North Contracting. I worked for Breedon for twenty years.

I then decided it was time for a change and started The Training Folk with my friend Laura MacFadden and we have not looked back.

Have you ever been an apprentice?

No. When I was at school, the only apprenticeships available were for Joiners, Plumbers, Electricians. There were not as many opportunities as there are now.

If there had been Civil Engineering apprenticeships at the time, I am pretty sure I would have chosen this route rather than going to university. Apprenticeships give you a much better start in your career.

What school subjects would be helpful for your job role?

  • Maths - you need Maths for everything in life
  • English - you need to be a good communicator

What is your favourite thing about the work that you do?

Meeting new people and helping them progress with their own career goals.

Why did you want to work in this industry?

Throughout my career with Breedon, I recognised a real need for good training in the construction industry and I wanted to fill that gap. I became interested in Civil Engineering after a talk we had at school from an engineer who worked for Moray Council.

Did you ever want to pursue another career?

Not at the time that I was picking options at school.

What does a typical day in your role involve?

  • Answering emails and queries from customers
  • Assessing candidates for SVQs
  • Writing course materials

What skills are required to do your job?

  • Good communication
  • Good listener
  • Being able to adapt to the situation

What is your advice to young people who are considering working in this sector?

Construction is a very rewarding career. In the past it has been given the reputation of being only for those that could not get into further education. There are a huge range of roles and most of the skills you need for these can be applied to many different types of jobs. Construction is booming and has a great future.

Any other comments?

Construction is not just for boys! Construction is not just about digging holes.

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