Emerging Talent

Jacob Gentles

Assistant Construction Manager

Construction, UK

After studying a BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in construction and the built environment, Jacob volunteered at Mace’s project office at The Shard. The time he spent with the team was enough to convince him that Mace was where he wanted to launch his career. In 2013, Jacob joined Mace as an apprentice and is now well on his way to becoming a construction manager.

Why Mace?
When I started volunteering, Mace showed a huge interest in helping me to develop. They really helped me with the skills I needed to write my CV and prepare for interviews.

The hands on experience I’ve gained has been so much better than what I could have learnt at university. Plus, I've been earning money as I've been learning!

Mace trust you. They give you the responsibility and the freedom to make your own decisions and have instilled confidence in me. They have given me their full support to get me where I want to go. It's made me who I am today. I have grown up and matured with Mace. They have got me on the right track, kept me driven, motivated and they have given me the tools and skills I need to be good at my job. Leaving Mace is something I’ve never even considered.

Why did you choose Mace’s Construction Trainee Programme?
The scheme really sets out your portfolio for you and has a really clear training plan covering what you have to achieve and what you need to be exposed to. The deadlines are really clear too so that you can achieve your Higher National Certificate (HNC). I managed to complete my HNC last year and now Mace is supporting me in achieving my NVQ Level 6 in construction management.
How has your career progressed so far?
I started working with the public sector construction team. It was great to experience the way the team worked and I got hands on experience on an amazing arts and culture project as well as a police facility which we managed to finish four weeks early. I’m really proud of that!

Now I’ve moved to a whole different sector and, instead of refurbishment, I'm working on a huge and complex new-build residential project.

My day to day role has changed so much during my time at Mace. I have progressed from shadowing to get a better understanding of the way things are done, to owning more and more responsibility. I'm now looking after a huge area of a project and manage the sub-contractors, the handover of the trades and inspection after works have been completed.

What is your proudest achievement at Mace so far?
Winning 'Construction Trainee of the Year'. The award showed me that my contribution was being noticed and has given me more energy and motivation to do even better.
What skills do you need to be good at your job?
Patience and an ability to understand other people’s positions and situations. It’s also really important to have the confidence to make a decision so that you can take on more responsibility.
Jacob Gentles, Assistant Construction Manager, Construction

“Mace has given me their full support to get me where I want to go. It’s made me who I am today.”