Name: Hanna Muir
Apprenticeship Programme: Plumbing from 2012 – 2016
College: Glasgow Kelvin College
I started with CCG as an Apprentice Plumber in August 2012 at the age of 17. I left after my 5th year in high school as going to university was never something that interested me. I did a week of work experience in April of that year to see if I really would enjoy the construction life and it proved to be a great fit. My 4 years flew in and before I knew it, I was a fully qualified heating engineer having only just turned 21.
My first job was as a Tenant Liaison Officer followed by a Plumbing Foreman position, both working within our CCG Asset Management division. It was definitely a challenge being young and female but I enjoyed pushing myself out of my comfort zone and facing different challenges. I jumped at the chance to join our Health & Safety Team and I am now a fully qualified Health & Safety Advisor. I hold my on-the-tools experience as being crucial to my development.
I was able to narrow down what I wanted to do quite quickly in terms of education. I began looking at trades because it’s a job for life as everyone will always need a plumber. I thought I may as well give it a shot and it was the best decision I have ever made and I thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship.
I never really had a set goal for my career; I obviously wanted to complete my apprenticeship and just continue to work hard and prove myself but it has definitely helped me better understand the industry as well as aiding my progression… My apprenticeship has definitely given me the confidence to push forward.
I think my future at CCG is very bright. I’ve progressed from a 17-year-old apprentice to an almost 24-year-old Health and Safety Advisor. And in that time I’ve done a few different jobs and learned so much from lots of different people.
For apprentices I would simply say that you’ve put the work in for your programme, now show everyone what you can do! But, don’t forget: every day is a school day.