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Alex is a Trainee Site Manager with Hill Group. He started the programme in 2021.
Trainee Site Manager
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
By being able to learn and build experience at the same time, I can apply what I learn to my everyday job, which helps me develop as a site manager.
How did you find out about your apprenticeship?
The role was advertised online for people in Oxford area.
What does your job involve?
My job involves a mixture of managing on site and paperwork in site office. Often, I deal with tasks regarding: planning and management of construction works, health and safety, organisation of labour and materials, quality control and presentation of construction, work in cooperation with other departments, contractors, clients who are part of my projects.
What’s the coolest thing about your job?
I enjoy being the boss on site!
What have you gained from your apprenticeship?
I have spent time with various trades on site, so I understand how they work which helps me manage different site operatives. I have learned construction theory and processes through lectures, coursework and research which I can apply on site. I have gradually improved on my organisation, communication and management skills since starting the trainee scheme. I will soon obtain my site supervisor and first aid training.
What do you plan to do next?
I plan to continue learning about construction management and processes in order to further my expertise and I will attempt to earn promotion to an assistant site manager within the next few years.
How did your apprenticeship help you achieve this?
My company Hill is committed to trainee development. By working hard on site and on my part time university course, I am able to gain skills and experience which will be very valuable in the industry which I can utilise for the rest of my career.
What advice would you give a young person who might be thinking about an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are a very good way to gain access into skilled and diverse roles for the future. It is best to enquire to lots of different companies so that you can see who is willing to take on an apprentice so you can embark on the opportunity that is best for you individually. Perseverance is key to apprenticeships, as it may take a while to find the right one and it may involve a long process to becoming qualified and trained, but it is worth it for the end goal and the experience along the way.
What’s your top tip?
By attempting to improve your general understanding of the role/industry before starting your apprenticeship, it goes a long way for your understanding when you first start and can help speed up development.
How do you feel about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador?
I feel happy to be an Apprenticeship Ambassador because I believe apprenticeships are the best way to develop into a career by working, learning and earning at the same time.
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