I am very fortunate to be given the opportunity to work at Higgins. I started when I was 16. If I wasn’t given that opportunity, I would not be where I am now.
Nicola began her career with Higgins 10 years ago. She has a burning desire to get stuck into any challenge that is put in front of her and to continue learning. She began by working for Higgins as an Apprentice Plumber at the age of 16, as her mum, who worked for a local authority became aware of Higgins Construction’s apprenticeship schemes.
After a four week work placement, Nicola was recruited and employed on a full time basis and worked as an Apprentice Plumber for a three year period. During this time Nicola studied on a day release programme which meant she attended college 1 day a week at the College of North East London in order to attain her NVQ level 3 in plumbing and ACS Gas qualifications. This apprenticeship enabled Nicola to receive hands-on training on site.
At the end of her apprenticeship period Nicola briefly left Higgins to work for a Higgins subcontractor. However within two years she found the chance to return to Higgins too great an opportunity to overlook and returned in the role of a management trainee. She has since progressed to an Assistant Project Coordinator.
In this new role, Nicola is involved in the technical design and build phase of construction projects, where she is directly involved in working with Architects, Structural Engineers, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers. This role ensures the Client's initial design intent is buildable and involves seeing projects from their initial concept through detail design to completion. Nicola particularly relishes the fact that every project and day is different. She works on projects which are of different forms of construction, varying sizes, tenure, and contrasting building requirements.
Higgins continued to support Nicola's education, as she took a 3 year degree course, attending University 1 day a week. She was recently awarded a Construction Management BSc Hons Degree from Anglian Ruskin University.
Nicola’s passion for construction stems from being born into a family that have all occupied positions in the construction industry, with only a plumber missing from the family skillset, which could explain her initial career choice.
I love the people. They are friendly, helpful and a little bit like a second family at times. Nice people who all realise you are part of the team and you must work together to get things done.