I was born and raised in Brazil and due to personal circumstances decided to move to the UK in 2015. When I lived in Brazil, I owned and managed a few small businesses but always had an interest in the construction industry. Before joining DGP as a Traffic Marshal Supervisor, I worked in private residential construction tiling, painting and plumbing.
What does equality and diversity mean to you?
To me it means that everyone has access to the same rights and opportunities surrounded by a respectful working environment. It also means that no one is ever treated less favourably due to certain characteristics, like the colour of their skin.
How long have you been working for DGP and how did you come to join us? What roles have you have you had during your time here?
I have been working for DGP for two years now. My boyfriend was working for DGP as a Supervisor at the time and introduced me to the company. I am currently employed as a Traffic Marshal Supervisor, but I have also worked as a labourer on site.
Do you feel supported within your role?
Yes, I feel supported within my role. Our team is like a symphony, all working so well together to manage the day to day. We are always learning from one another and coming up with new ways to work to improve the team’s performance.
Do you feel there are opportunities to guide you on your career journey with DGP?
I want to be a site manager one day and I feel DGP can guide me on this journey. It’s nice to see other colleagues on site within my team progress in their career and I am hopeful that when the opportunity comes it will be the same for me.
How does it feel to be a female working within a male dominated industry and do you feel respected?
I feel proud being a woman working in the construction industry and hope to encourage other women to join me. I’m not afraid to speak up and ask for help from my male colleagues and equally they are always willing to help and offer advice. As a woman working in construction, I feel that I bring a different approach and perspective to the table. My ideas are always heard, respected and valued.