Name of Employee: Mark Reed
Job Role: Labourer
Years with CCG: 3 months
What was your first job?:
I started my career in construction as a labourer with Seddon’s, a contractor based in Bathgate.
What lead you to train in construction?:
I’ve always been quite practical and hands-on and felt it was a good career with these skills in mind. I’ve been proven right so far!
How has working in the CCG Group helped you in your career development?:
Firstly, through accepting me on to a two-week work placement on site through Youth Build Stage 4, an Action for Children training programme in construction. I was then offered employment with CCG as a labourer on-site so the company has been instrumental in my career development to date.
How would you describe working at CCG?:
CCG is a good company to work for and I can see there is a chance to grow through the available in-house training and apprenticeship programmes.
What do you like most about working as a labourer?:
Assisting with the day to day tasks onsite, which change daily. I’m also enjoying the security of the full-time job.
What have you found the most challenging about your job?:
I recently got the opportunity to build my first PASMA scaffold tower on a live construction site called Burnmouth Road, a residential development in Barlanark. This type of task really put my training to the test.
What has been your best achievement in your career so far?:
Gaining official certifications through my Youth Build training. Becoming certified gives you a much better chance of securing employment and of course worked out for me as I have now achieved that with CCG. For that, I am extremely proud.
If you could switch your job with anyone in the company, whose job would you want?:
Barry McGunnigal, AM Foreperson onsite at Burnmouth Road.
What is your next step in your career?:
I’d like to apply for an Apprenticeship with CCG in either as a Plumber or Joiner. I will be applying in the New Year for next year’s intake.
What advice do you have for prospective Construction industry candidates?:
I would recommend looking into training through an apprenticeship or college. A career in construction is very hands-on but also very rewarding.
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