Empowering the Future: Go Construct STEM Ambassadors

Empowering the Future: Go Construct STEM Ambassadors

At Stairways, our commitment to the construction industry goes beyond manufacturing exceptional staircases and doors – we also take seriously our responsibility to nurture the next generation of professionals, both within our own business and beyond it in the wider construction sector.

So, we are incredibly proud to announce that both Karen Wood, our Joint MD and Owner, and Richard Kowalski, Technical Manager for Doors, have achieved certification as Go Construct STEM Ambassadors. Both have embraced this opportunity to give something back and share their wealth of knowledge to help to inspire and guide young people towards a fulfilling career in our sector.

Being a Go Construct STEM Ambassador is more than just a fancy title. Drawn from diverse construction disciplines, they are the outward looking face of the industry, engaging with young people across the UK, providing invaluable insights from their own experience and opening doors to opportunities.

Karen reflected: “By sharing my personal experiences and insights, and showcasing how interesting, varied, valued and rewarding a career in construction and manufacturing for the construction industry can be, I hope to help motivate the next generation of young men and women.”

Richard’s involvement as a STEM Ambassador is likewise rooted in his deep passion for what he does. He explains: “I have learned so much and gained so much over my 25+ years in door manufacture, so it is a privilege to be able to give something back and help safeguard the future of our sector.”

STEM Ambassadors lead a variety of activities, ranging from running trade stands at career fairs to delivering talks and practical workshops. They play a part in challenging misconceptions around the construction industry, sharing their firsthand knowledge to inspire and build the confidence of young people considering and moving into a career in construction or a related business. It’s also a rewarding opportunity for the ambassadors to hone their own leadership skills, enabling them to better support and develop their own colleagues and teams.

Everyone at Stairways is totally behind Karen and Richard in their new roles as ambassadors and the work they will do to enrich the industry and help shape its future. Watch this space for more updates!

If you’re interested in a career at Stairways, we offer training, support and career development to help you find your wings. At the time of writing for example, we’re looking for a Production Operative, a Junior/Trainee Estimator and a Trainee Technical Administrator.

See https://stairways.co.uk/about-stairways/#careers for more information.


Author: Stairways

Stairways, founded in 1989, has grown to become one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of carpentry and joinery products. Stairways now boast three state-of-art facilities that offer over 85,000 sq ft production capacity. Stairways goal is to raise their profile and brand awareness to become known throughout the industry as the UK’s leading staircase and door solution provider.

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As a highly reputable firm within the industry, Stairways are dedicated to meeting their client’s product and application requirements. All materials used are manufactured to the highest quality and meet the relevant standards achieving ISO9001, FSC®, and various product certifications, whilst their staircases and door solutions are manufactured with compliance to UK building regulations & legislative standards in mind. Using the knowledge, passion, and experience acquired across all team members over the past thirty years, Stairways aim to continue to be the best in what they do.


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Privately owned and managed since it was founded in 1989, Stairways has grown to become one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of carpentry and joinery products. Starting as a small staircase manufacturer, Stairways now boast three state-of-art facilities that offer over 85,000 sq ft of bespoke and mass production capacity.