Climbing the ladder to success with ISG

27 November 2017

Lisa Playfair - ISG assistant site manager, Scotland

Lisa Playfair, who completed ISG’s graduate scheme programme in 2017, is now working as an assistant site manager in Scotland.

Lisa, 23, applied to our scheme after finishing her degree in Architectural Technology at Edinburgh Napier University.

“ISG attended a careers fair at my university when I was in my final year,” she said.

“I spoke with someone from ISG and thought it was a great opportunity to get on the job training.”

Lisa started with ISG in 2015, and as well as completing the graduate programme, she found time to study for an MSc in Construction Project Management at Heriot-Watt University.

“I spent my time on the graduate programme working onsite, mainly focusing on site management.

“My first project with ISG was a retail unit shell. This was a good opportunity for me to learn the fundamentals of how a project is run.”

She said she worked as part of a small project team which allowed her to be involved in all aspects of the construction.

“I then moved onto a 145-bed hotel located in Edinburgh city centre,” she said.

“The project was logistically challenging due to its location and design. I really enjoyed this project as every day was different and required a lot of problem solving and coordination.”

Since completing the programme – in which applicants complete rotations in different parts of the business - Lisa is now working as an assistant site manager in ISG’s UK Construction Scotland business.

She is currently working on one of its technology projects in the region, which is now in its fifth phase.

“The site set-up has been perfected and the work sequences are well understood,” Lisa said.

“It has been a good opportunity for me to be involved and gain more experience in a different type of construction.”

When asked what attracted her to a career in construction, Lisa said: “I have always enjoyed the outdoors and was drawn to a career outside the usual nine-to-five office environment.

“The construction industry allows you to be part of something bigger; to be able to walk down the street and see a project you have been involved in is really rewarding.”

Lisa is now setting her sights on becoming a site manager in the next five years.

ISG’s HR business partner for UK Construction Scotland, Kay Best, said Lisa has been an excellent addition to our team.

“She has been an asset to every site that she has worked on and she has excelled during her two years on the graduate scheme.

“I am confident Lisa will go on to progress to the next level and have a successful career with ISG.”

Applications are now open for ISG’s 2018 graduation programme. Click here to apply.