Building Futures

Employee Case Study

Name of Employee: Sean Knox

From: Greenock

Job Role: Apprentice Joiner (1st Year)

Started with CCG: August 2017


What was your first job?:

I was a lifeguard at the Waterfront leisure centre in Greenock.

What lead you to construction?: 

I enjoy the site environment – it’s busy and there is always something different to do. I feel a lot more at ease on a construction site than I would in somewhere like a call centre for example.

How has working in the CCG Group helped you in your career development?:

I was working on a CCG site as an agency labourer and the project site manager told me about apprenticeship opportunities. I applied and was successful. My skills have improved a lot since working with skilled tradesmen. CCG site managers are also very supportive and are keen to develop the apprentices.

How would you describe working at CCG?: 

Working with CCG is very enjoyable. The work is challenging but rewarding. CCG use good sub-contractors which I enjoy working alongside

What do you like most about your job?: 

I enjoy constantly learning new skills. I also enjoy the site environment and working with fellow apprentices and tradesmen. I enjoy watching the project progress and have a sense of achievement when the job is complete.

What have you found the most challenging about your job?: 

Being in at the deep end with skilled tradesmen – this has allowed me to progress quicker and my confidence has grown.

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?:

I would keep my own job thanks! I’m happy where I am just now. To be continued…

What is your next step in your career?:

Years down the line I would like to have my own joinery company.

What advice do you have for prospective Construction industry candidates?: 

My advice would be to come in with the confidence to work, don’t be shy on asking anything and also stick the head down and get on with the work.