Kieran - Trainee Assistant Site Manager

CALA Homes (West) Ltd

What does your department do?

I work in the Construction team as an Assistant Site Manager. We work alongside sub-contractors ensuring houses are built to programme and to a high standard. We also work alongside CALA Sales team, ensuring both sales and clients are kept up to date of the progress on site, and doing everything we can so that our clients have an enjoyable experience with CALA. Our aim is to handover a quality product to our clients which has been instructed in the safest way possible.

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

If I have any inductions to do on site these are done at 8am. Any permits required (Dig, hot work, loft access etc) I issue in the morning prior to the works being carried out. On site I am always aware of health and safety - any breaches of health and safety are recorded and the correct action is taken. Quality control – I drive and encourage the trades to carry out work to the standard we ask. I help organise trades and materials to avoid programme deficits. Where programme deficits do occur then we must recover – ways of recovering are organising additional labour, accelerated programme, longer working days, weekend working etc. I organise customer care work, by liasing with clients and trades I organise a day which suits to carry out any remedials and aim to handover the client with a quality service.

What do you like about what you do?

Everyday is different with my job - everyday there is new challenges and responsibilities. Everyday I am building on my knowledge simply from watching how things are done or asking questions. Witnessing the site progress from an area of land, to an established development filled with happy clients is maybe the thing I enjoy most.

Why did you choose this career?

The opportunity arose when I was in secondary school. Construction, and management were both areas of work I had considered a lot. My name was highlighted as a potential candidate for the job as a Trainee Assistant Site Manager and to be put through a Construction Management degree. This seemed a great match for me so I tried my best to impress in the application and interview processes which eventually landed me the job

What qualifications did you need to get this job?

There were a few options for me and my development. I discussed with my Construction Director about the possibilities of education and the different routes. We agreed that the University degree route would suit best and that I would study at College for 2 years to get my HNC in Construction Management and a SVQ level 3 in Construction Programming. After completing this I  feel this was the right starting point. I now have more than enough qualifications to begin a degree at University and with over 3 years experience on site I have the option to start my 3rd year at University.

Is there any particular advice you would give to someone looking for a career in your area of work?

Don’t be shy. If you are ever unsure or have any questions then just ask. The only stupid questions are the ones that weren’t asked. Everybody must start somewhere and everybody starts at different stages in their development. Your whole career is ahead of you so my advice would be get your head down and involved from the start, and most importantly enjoy it. There are good days and not so good days. Long days and not so long days but the overall experience for me has been very enjoyable and I look forward to what the future holds.