Tarmac, the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business, was headline sponsor at the MPA’s annual conference and AGM for 2017, which took place on 7 June at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, in the heart of Westminster.
The theme of the conference was ‘Adapting to Change. Facing the Challenges… Showcasing the Industry’. The day focused on addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by political changes, and the effects on the economy and construction industry. Keynote speakers included Sir Simon Fraser, managing partner at Flint Global and Daniel Mahoney, deputy director and head of economic research at the Centre for Policy Studies. The day also included a panel debate on the Industrial Strategy and its potential implications for the construction industry.
Tarmac used the event to promote the work it is doing to lead the industry in positioning construction as an aspirational career choice, and on skills and continuous professional development. In particular, the work it is doing to recruit new blood into the sector via higher apprenticeships and graduates, with a team of current Tarmac graduates and minerals management students on hand to talk to delegates about their career paths and opportunities.
Laboratory technician Gabrielle Jewett, and trainee supervisor Abbey Withers, both currently on year one of the minerals management degree, represented Tarmac on the company’s stand at the event. Commenting on the day, Abbey said: “We’ve had a fantastic day at the conference and enjoyed sharing our experiences. Gabrielle and I have always been really well supported by the business to develop, with the minerals management degree serving as a great example of how we’re being encouraged to continually build on our skills.”