Name of Employee: Anne Okafor
Job Role: Trainee Assistant Site Manager
Started with CCG: January 2018
What was your first job?:
My first ever job was at my local corner shop stacking shelves at the age of 14 after school. I worked 7pm-9pm Mondays and Wednesdays and a weekend shift.
What lead you to train in construction?:
I have always been inclined towards a technical role with my original thought of training as an Architectural Technologist but after looking into it and after learning about all the roles available in construction I decided to pursue a more hands-on, site-based role. Unfortunately, not having had the opportunity I am coming to it a bit later but everything is working out well.
How has working in the CCG Group helped you in your career development?:
CCG has been fantastic in my professional development so far – they have embraced my desire to train in a site management role and provided me with an excellent opportunity to progress my knowledge and experience in a role that offers progression. They have invested in me by putting me through courses and by affording me time to complete my Honours Degree in Construction.
How would you describe working at CCG?:
CCG is a great company to work for – you really feel like a valued member of the team. The company has been very welcoming and has strong values on training and improvement which is in line with my own values and the goals I set for myself.
What do you like most about working as a Trainee Site Manager?:
I love my job! The best thing about my job is being part of creating buildings that positively benefit communities. There is some much variety day to day….I love the construction industry and it makes it easy to love your job!
What have you found the most challenging about your job?:
There is a lot to learn and sometimes at these early stages it can be a lot of information to take in, but I see it as an opportunity to pick up as much as possible that will help me, to be even better at my job the next day.
What has been your best achievement in your career so far?:
I have recently been appointed the Chair of the CIOB Novus Edinburgh group which is a group of Young Construction Professionals who run events to encourage and support the next generation of construction professionals from studying through to Chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Builders. Up until then, I had been involved with the Glasgow group for 2 years on the committee.
If you could switch your job with anyone in the company, whose job would you want?:
None – I am exactly where I need to be right now; in a role that offers challenges, excitement, support, guidance, responsibility and opportunity for me to progress to reach my goals. Eventually, I would like to be a Projects Manager or Contracts Manager but I have lots to learn and lots of hard work to do to demonstrate that I am ready for such a responsibility, which will come in time.
What is your next step in your career?:
There are a couple of milestones which I am currently working towards and these will determine what comes after: I will complete my BSc (Hons) and then aim to work towards a Chartered Designation, I will also be working hard at CCG so I can get to a stage where I run my first independent job.
What advice do you have for prospective Construction industry candidates?:
Please get involved, Construction offers an opportunity for every single person. All you need is to work hard and love what you do. There is truly something for everyone and it is an exciting industry with plentiful opportunities.
Any random facts about you that you would like to share?:
I am a certified Judge for the Scottish Kettlebell Sport Federation!