“I began TIGERS in 2011 where I undertook a Construction course in Bishopbriggs, during which I learned employability skills as well as CSCS training before undertaking my CSCS test which I passed and was put forward for a Carillion Interview. TIGERS was great, the most important thing is to keep your head down and put in the hard work.
On starting my Carillion Apprenticeship I learned the basics of General Construction Operations before swiftly moving out onto site with George Leslie Ltd. My first site was the Loch Katrine Viaduct where I quickly realised George Leslie Ltd were an employer that would support my career development. After spending almost 12 months on placement with George Leslie Ltd, I learned a great deal about the Civil Engineering sector, it was great experience to be involved in such a project. Whilst undertaking my Apprenticeship I passed my driving test, which I knew would help me gain employment and I was shortly rewarded with a full time position as a General Construction Operative.
3 Years later and I am now on the Wemyss Bay Ferry terminal site which again is a remarkable project to be part of, not for the faint hearted in the winter! I now have more experience working on Civil Engineering projects and I have a wider range of skills and tickets such as Abrasive Wheels, Street Works, Dumper Driver, Confined Space, PASMA and Cat and Genny.
Overall my experience has led to a massive build up in my self-confidence and with the continued support of George Leslie Ltd I am hoping to progress on to a supervisory role in the near future. I would like to say to any young person out there that if you keep your head down, turn up every day and put in lots of effort then opportunities will open for you, you just then need to grab them with both hands. I would like to thank TIGERS, Carillion and George Leslie Ltd for firstly supporting me then providing me with those opportunities to start and progress my career”