Georgina Cox, MEP Apprentice - Mace Group
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Georgina Cox

MEP Manager

Construction, UK

From apprentice of the year 2018 to fully-fledged manager by 2020, Georgina Cox is a prime example of hard work paying off. Bringing a breadth of experience to MEP and a true passion for the sector, Georgina is now using her skills to help Mace reach new heights in the world of construction.

How did you get into what you do?

Prior to working with Mace, I’d just finished my first year at university studying engineering with design. It was this that made me realise that I was much more interested in mechanical and electrical, with some design involved but less of a direct focus on it. So I sought to find out whether my interest in electrical and mechanical engineering could ever be combined into one role. This is where I came across Mace, who I had a bit of familiarity with after their work on the 2012 Olympic Stadium. The job description of an Apprentice MEP Manager (with MEP standing for Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health) fit my idea perfectly and as a result, I applied and after a few interviews, was successful in securing the role.

How has your career progressed since joining Mace?

I’ve come a long way since I started. It was 2016 when I joined the Mace apprenticeship scheme and I did that while at the same time completing my Higher National Certificate in Building Services Engineering. The apprenticeship really helped build up a solid foundation and over the course of a few years, I was able to achieve the highly commended award on two occasions, even snagging apprentice of the year in 2018! I’d say the chance to get recognition like this so early in my career really spurred me on. Once both the apprenticeship and HNC had come to an end, I first progressed to Assistant level, then to Manager grade whilst working on the LSE Paul Marshall Building.

How has your career progressed since joining Mace?

I’ve come a long way since I started. Being on site now seems like second nature. I’ve made good relationships with my team which is great as you spend more time with people at work than you do at home.

The days go so quick. It’s a fun and educational environment to be in but at the beginning it was quite overwhelming. Before I joined Mace I’d never been on a construction site but now I’ve got 100% confidence. It’s definitely been a learning curve. 
What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?

I like that every day – and every build – brings with it different challenges. I love learning new things from the people around me and finding solutions as a team - it makes the outcome so much more beneficial. I also like being able to understand the everyday things that you would never think of when walking into any random place. First thing I do when walking into any building is to look straight up at the services and start working out what systems they have! 

I also enjoy how I’m helping to break norms – people understand the industry needs to address its gender imbalance and seeing more women around site can help go some way towards doing that. I’m proud that Mace champions women in the construction industry and I’m grateful that I’ve hopefully been able to inspire some of the young women I’ve had the opportunity to interact with - through STEM mentoring and site visits from potential Mace apprentices.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?

Because construction is such a broad field, I’d say you can only get half of the picture through reading and research. When you get to experience it for yourself it’s a whole different world – one that has so many avenues and paths that you could take. A lot of companies have amazing apprenticeship schemes which I think are great to consider, if you’re looking for a jumpstart into a career. I have done so many things and met so many people I would never have had opportunity to, had I not sought out to get the real-life experience. Starting as early as possible simply means there is so much more time to reach to greater levels!

If you hadn’t got into this line of work what do you think you might be doing?
I probably would have stayed at university in the hopes of going down the design route. However, friends I made on my course are now in careers completely disassociated with design, so not sure realistically where I would have ended up if I had stayed at university full-time!
What might someone be surprised to know about you?

Probably that my second home is the gym and that I’m more of a power lifting than cardio kind of person. My deadlift PB is up to 105kg and just like in my career, I’m not prepared to plateau anytime soon!

Georgina Cox, MEP Apprentice - Mace Group

“I’m proud that Mace champions women in the construction industry and I’m grateful that I’ve hopefully been able to inspire some of the young women I’ve had the opportunity to interact with.”