Pursuing A Career in Construction In The Isle of Man

Charlotte Gatt completed a Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Build Environment in 2015 at the University College IOM. She is a Planning Assistant within the Isle of Man Government’s Planning and Building Control Department.
Charlotte Gatt

https://www.ucm.ac.im/Construction & Design: A Passion From An Early Age

Since I was a young girl, I always had a keen interest in construction and design. So much so, that when it came to choosing my GCSE subjects, I opted to complete the mandatory subjects and take a more vocational route. This involved completing a Level 1 Diploma in Construction, Motor Vehicle and Engineering and some hands-on work experience while I continued with my normal studies.

 As I studied, and gained more experience, my love for architecture and design only grew stronger, and I soon released that this was a career I wanted to pursue for the long term.

Commencing A Career In Construction In The Isle of Man

After completing my Diploma, I was fortunate enough to secure an on-site role with a large, well-known construction company and was offered the opportunity to train as a Site Setting Out Engineer. The role was diverse and really tested my knowledge, I even had the opportunity to move into a CAD (Computer Aided Design) Technician role, which required completing technical drawings for a Structural Engineer.


Securing My Dream Role In Construction

After several years I decided to move on, and when I saw the role for Planning Assistant with the Isle of Man Government’s Planning and Building Control Department, I couldn’t not apply! The position has given me the opportunity to join the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute and has enabled me to gain hands-on experience with planning applications. This is something I have thoroughly enjoyed and look to progress in the future, my intention being to become a full-time Planning Officer.  

Making A Positive Impact In The Community

I feel incredibly privileged to be playing a part in the development of the Isle of Man’s infrastructure, whether that is protecting and preserving our beautiful countryside, or buildings of historical importance and architectural interest – all in the place I was born.

I also really enjoy communicating with people on a day-to-day basis and providing members of the public with advice on their planning applications – something they can find quite stressful, so it’s nice to offer support and ease their worries.

Doing The Job I Love, In The Place I Love

What makes it all that more special, is that I get to do the job I love, in the place I love. I love the uniqueness of the place I call home, the character and locality of certain towns and the availability of local produce. The Isle of Man is a beautiful Island, and a lovely place for tranquil walks, sunrises, sunsets, and everything in between. It is a safe place, and nothing is ever too far away.

If you are a creatively minded person, enjoy working outside and are looking to make a positive impact on the Island’s community, then register your skills with the Locate Talent Portal here.

Live your dream life in the Isle of Man

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