“I actually started with Galliford Try when I was at college studying construction, I was offered a Higher Apprenticeship with them. I completed that in two years and they then put me through my HNC in Construction and the Built Environment and an NVQ in Site Supervision. I then spent two years working, just building up my technical knowledge and experience on site. That’s when I came to this job where I’ve been for about 3-4 months now.
“I’m now a trainee Site Manager and I’ve started at Nottingham Trent Uni on the part-time Construction Management degree which Galliford Try are funding for me. I’m grateful that they’ve put me through all my education and are continuing to train me up and give me experience. Hopefully in the next few years I’ll be working my way up the ranks to become Site Manager and eventually I’ll be in a position where I’m a Project Manager running my own sites like this one!
“I learnt early on that whatever your experience, you’ve got to have good communication skills and you’ve got to be able to talk to people. If you have a problem and you don’t talk about it, it could become a bigger problem, you need to get it sorted there and then, at the time, rather than leave it to develop into something a lot worse. I’m so lucky to have such a supporting team to work with who help me out whenever I face an issue or need guidance.
“You’ve got to be good with people too; you come across all different types of people on site and I found out early on that you’ve got to learn how to speak and act with various personalities. Teamwork is important as well, there’s a lot of us on site, and you must work together to make sure we produce the result we’re all working so hard to achieve.
“It’s great to be part of such a big investment in the local area, in years to come you’ll be able to point to a building and say ‘look, I built that’, that’s what I love about the job, seeing the physical results from all that hard work!”