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What The Apprentice Can Tell Us About The Construction Trade

 December 25, 2015  /  Comments Off on What The Apprentice Can Tell Us About The Construction Trade

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Week six of the popular “Apprentice” TV series saw the two teams asked to set up a profitable DIY business. Chatty Construction Operations Executive Elle was appointed to lead one team, while Brett, the builder, led the second. It soon became apparent that Elle’s operational knowledge of the construction industry did not give much advantage to her team. Team Elle spent most of their allotted time discussing jobs, rather than physically getting their hands dirty.

What The Apprentice Can Tell Us About The Construction Trade

Although the team managed to obtain an order in the first day, their pricing strategy was slightly “off”, charging £10 an hour for three workers is only slightly above the minimum wage requirement for one worker, so profitability would not be the strong point of any business led by this team of apprentices. Added to this the team’s measuring skills meant materials were ordered in error and team member Joseph was the only individual shown in a positive light during this task. Practical skills from most team members were a little thin on the ground, when it came to actually translating their talk into physical work on the theatre contract they obtained.

Brett the builder’s team managed to find two jobs, one a football stadium, the other an instruction to tame wilderness back into a garden. Brett’s building experience meant he should have been a strong candidate for team leader, however, his attention to detail meant team mate Selina spent hours kneeling in the soccer stadium trying to remove ingrained chewing gum from flooring. The design ambitions of the gardening team soon outweighed any serious money-making attempts or time constraints, team member Vana had to step up to the mark and renegotiate the details of the job, otherwise there was no way it could have been completed in time or to budget. Brett’s confident approach led his team to victory in this episode of The Apprentice, hardly surprising given the poor show from Elle’s team.

Any construction, building or DIY expert watching this episode of the popular TV show would find both teams attempts to lead their projects made good comedy. The most important lessons to be learnt from watching apprentices attempt to handle DIY projects are that it’s critical to ensure the pricing of jobs allows for overall profitability. Equally it’s how you perform in projects of any kind that matters, not what you say. Anybody can “talk the talk”, but it takes expertise and skill to actually “walk the walk”. For the first time, Brett proved he had the abilities to lead and motivate a team, while Elle failed miserably, despite her solid background in construction projects and management. DIY and handyman businesses need to make sure effective pricing strategies are in place for any job undertaken, no matter the size of the project.

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  • Published: 1 year ago on December 25, 2015
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