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    Construction in Focus

    Last year, we sat down with members of our construction division to discuss a number of topics relating to the construction industry, recruitment, and our team’s approach and objective when delivering the best service possible. For that reason, in “Construction in Focus”, our construction division will be able to answer and explore the industry on a more personal level.

    Episode 1 – Candidate Care

    In the first episode of our ‘Construction in Focus’ Podcast, Ioana Lorena Mocanu, the Operations Manager of the contracts team at Cavendish Professionals, discusses the guiding principles of the company. The company is focused on three key pillars – people, community, and sustainability – and Lorena emphasizes the importance of fully inducted operatives and learning and development. Cavendish also invests in the wellbeing of its operatives through partnerships with two charities in the construction industry (Construction Sport and Lighthouse Club) and encourages sport activities as a form of therapy.

    Episode 2 – Working in Construction

    For the next episode of the ‘Construction in Focus’ Podcast, John Joe (Associate Director – Construction Division) and Francis (Contracts Manager) share their experiences in the construction recruitment industry, discussing how they got into the field and what they enjoy about their jobs. Both mention the importance of developing relationships with clients and candidates, as well as the exposure to different cultures and backgrounds. When asked what it takes to be successful in the construction industry, they emphasize the need for people skills, organizational skills, hunger and desire, ambition, and motivation.

    Episode 3 – Learning and Development

    During episode 3 of ‘Construction in Focus’, Lorena explains our strong emphasis on learning and development opportunities for our construction division cooperatives. We believe in supporting our staff through transparent recruitment processes and upskilling training opportunities. Our three main offerings include internal training, career progression support, and face fit training. We are proud to acknowledge the efforts of our face fit trainer Francis and recruiters training facilitator Alan for their contributions to the growth of our team.

    Episode 4 – Training

    In episode 4 of ‘Construction in Focus’, Lorena breaks dwn the type of support and training our candidate’s receive on construction sites. There is a firm belief in development by supporting operatives throughout their training and courses to improve a variety of skills. The training options cover a number of areas linking to career progression and specialisation, depending on the construction worker’s needs. Furthermore by partnering with charities such as the Lighthouse Club and Construction Sport, more opportunites for mentorship and mental health support become available.

    Episode 5 – Wellbeing

    In this episode, Lorena and Mark discuss what wellbeing means at Cavendish Professionals and how the care and attention for all members of the team and the operatives makes a significant impact on their professional and personal lives. They also talk about how the term wellbeing can be subjective, and how the increase in awareness around mental health in recent years has changed the thought process and considerations for many organisations when building strong relationships with their teams.

    The Team

    Ioana Lorena Mocanu

    Lorena’s role is the Operations Manager within the construction division. Prior to working at Cavendish Professionals she had gained 5 years of client-focused administration experience, management, and audit experience that continue to help her deliver an excellent service for the team.

    She loves working with people and learning from them to achieve their full potential.

    Mark Liston

    Mark has been with Cavendish Professionals since it’s establishment back in 2009 and has experience in all sectors of recruitment. As the Director of the Construction Division, Mark oversees the contracts team and permanent roles team for recruiting candidates on projects and placements across the UK.

    John Joe Forde

    John Joe initially joined Cavendish as an Associate Consultant within the UK Contracts Construction Division and has grown with the department to Associate Director.

    He has the benefit of several years of Construction Site experience and feels that sharing the knowledge gained onsite with colleagues helps add value to the Contracts team.

    Francis Curran

    Francis has worked in recruitment for 5 years with the majority of his experience coming from Construction & Rail; 1 year in Ireland and 4 years in London. He come from a construction background as his family run a construction business back in Ireland.

    As a result, this has helped him to really understand his client’s requirements and source the right talent for their projects.

    Behind the camera

    The production that goes into making a series like this a success frequently goes unnoticed. Thankfully, at Cavendish Professionals, we have an extremely hardworking marketing team that brings these ideas to life. Our Senior Marketing Executive, Amy Harris, has been responsible for the organisation of this production, both preparing the content and directing the filming on the day. Working alongside side K.OS Visuals we were able to bring our ideas to life.

    At Cavendish Professionals, we are specialists that offer a flexible recruitment model that can assist with permanent, contract and temp-to-perm placements. Our strength is us, understanding your requirements, embedding ourselves in the industry and creating strong long-term relationships with both clients and candidates to find the right person for your organisation.