9 November 2023 | Collaboration | Our Work
The Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) recently caught up with Charlie Dunkerley, Roadworks Supervisor (Highways South) at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who took part in the Careers in Highways: The Next Generation panel session at Strictly Highways 2023.
How can the industry be better at promoting itself to younger people?
To engage with the younger generation, the industry should look to use digital platforms and social media to showcase the exciting aspects of highways projects. Collaborating with educational institutions and hosting informational sessions can also help in demystifying the sector for young talent.
What advice would you give to anyone starting their careers and thinking of entering the highways sector?
I would advise aspiring highway professionals to adopt a mindset of continuous learning and adaptability. The industry is constantly evolving with technology, so stay informed and be open to innovation.
Are there any challenges you’ve had to overcome as a younger person in highways?
One challenge I have faced is gaining the respect and trust of more experienced colleagues. This was particularly challenging in my most recent role as a supervisor as ultimately, I have more responsibility on my shoulders! I have found that by actively seeking mentorship and showing dedication to the sector I have been able to overcome this challenge.
In what ways do you hope to help young people who are considering a career within the highways industry?
I aim to be a mentor and advocate for younger professionals in the industry, offering guidance and sharing my experiences. I also hope to work on projects that promote sustainable and inclusive practices in highways.
Are there any recent projects you’ve been working on that you are particularly excited about?
Not particularly, unfortunately! However, my day to day is extremely varied as I work in reactive highway maintenance. I enjoy this as no day is the same.
What do you think the sector might look like in 2030?
I anticipate that the highways sector will continue to embrace sustainable and eco-friendly ways of working. Advanced technology will likely play a more significant role in improving efficiency and safety.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Just to emphasize the importance of collaboration within the industry. By working together and sharing knowledge, we can address the complex challenges the highways sector faces effectively.
About East Riding of Yorkshire Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is the local authority of the East Riding of Yorkshire. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined
Image source: Charlie Dunkerley