former tigers trainee cailean graham proving to be a success at veitchi interiors

Cailean Graham success at Veitchi

Cailean and Veitchi Interiors Business Development Manager Derek McIlreavy

Success stories are not hard to find when you look through the list of current and former TIGERS Trainees/Modern Apprentices, but this particular story jumped off the page at me. Why? Well it was myself who inducted Cailean at the Carillion Training Centre in November 2014. Cailean Graham was the biggest personality in the room. He was engaging, eager to learn and never shy to ask what many other apprentices would have considered to have been a silly question. When you are an Apprentice there are no silly questions!

Cailean, an 18-year-old from Bishopbriggs and a former pupil of Turnbull High, spent his first couple of months within the Training Centre learning the skills and knowledge to undertake the role of a General Construction Operative. A GCO, as it is commonly known as, is what many would consider to be a Groundworker. This includes duties such as setting out lines and levels, laying modular paving and pouring and finishing of concrete. I thought at the time Cailean, although very capable at carrying out these tasks, would be better suited to a technical role within construction, attention to detail being his biggest attribute, brought me to this conclusion.

Cailean’s first taste of being on site came whilst out on work placement with Advance Construction Scotland. A great opportunity which unfortunately came to an end when there was a lack of work on site. The next site selection for Cailean was what I would call the ‘game changer’! We were approached by the Project Manager of the Carillion RSNO Project, Campbell Adamson, asking if we had any Carillion Apprentices who were capable General Operatives, had a great personality and were computer literate. It may seem like an odd combination but Campbell had plans for this particular operative to also be involved in back office duties. These duties included compiling induction paperwork, preparing equipment necessary for induction delivery and also inputting Don’t Walk By’s (hazard reporting card) onto the Carillion system. Needless to say Cailean fitted the role perfectly.

The feedback from the Carillion staff regarding Cailean’s performance was great, but it was another employer, Veitchi Interiors, who were taking note of Cailean’s performance. Cailean had been asked to support the Veitchi team, requested by Ronnie Szczotka to carry out snagging duties on the back of some joiner finishing. As always with his attention to detail Cailean did not take this task lightly (anyone who has carried out snagging will tell you it’s not the most exciting task) and carried out the snagging to a high standard. This was the opportunity to impress an employer and Cailean grabbed it with both hands.

Ronnie having worked on site with Cailean for a number of weeks now, seen potential in him and suggested he hand in his CV to Veitchi Interiors, Managing Director, Donald Turner. Cailean gave his CV to Ronnie but after missing an opportunity to meet Donald on site, thought any opportunity had been lost. This was not to the case. Donald contacted Cailean and offered him the opportunity to sit in front of him and tell him why he felt he was the right person for the role of office assistant with an opportunity to progress further which he eventually gained. I can’t go into detail as to what was discussed at the interview, needless to say it went great. Well at least the interview did anyway! After coming out of the interview Cailean was sitting in the office when Managing Director Colin Kennedy, asked Cailean “Tell me something about yourself?” Instead of Cailean replying that he was from Bishopbriggs or that he was 18 years old, he replied “I have an unhealthy obsession for Doctor Who!” No surprises that there were some shocked faces around the room. What this did was break the ice and set the ground for some future Doctor Who jokes.

Cailean is relishing in his new job role where he is involved in pre-contract estimating, with material, take offs, preparation of estimate files use of the CRM system, and using the “Plan swift” application to name but a few. Cailean has also been involved in site visits, working on projects such as the Golden Jubilee project where his duties ranged from site administrator to general labour.

Cailean, who has now been working for Veitchi Interiors for 10 months, has been rewarded for his hard work and commitment by being given the opportunity to undertake a ‘Built Environment’ course at City of Glasgow College in September of this year for which on successful completion will lead on to a Quantity Surveying course. A fantastic opportunity to take on a role so desperately lacking in numbers in the construction industry.

I spoke with Veitchi Interiors Business Development Manager, Derek McIlreavy. The first word he used when asked about Cailean was “proud”, funny, that’s the first word I would use too. Derek went on to say how he had fitted in well with the team, taking everything in his stride and saying no to nothing; another great attribute for any Trainee/Apprentices to have. Derek mentioned that he is excited for Cailean, stating that on the completion of his degree that the “door is now open to the rest of the world”. He said that this is an exciting time for Veitchi Interiors too. Seeing Cailean come through the process and the potential he has, has now led Veitchi Interiors to believe in repeating the process in the future; great news for those young people out there eager to gain an opportunity within a lead construction firm.

When I asked Derek if he had any advice for an employer out there looking to bring young people into their business, he had two simple things to say, “Encourage the young person to do well” and “Never step on their dreams”, wise words.

former tigers trainee cailean graham proving to be a success at veitchi interiors

Cailean Graham success at Veitchi

Cailean and Veitchi Interiors Business Development Manager Derek McIlreavy

Success stories are not hard to find when you look through the list of current and former TIGERS Trainees/Modern Apprentices, but this particular story jumped off the page at me. Why? Well it was myself who inducted Cailean at the Carillion Training Centre in November 2014. Cailean Graham was the biggest personality in the room. He was engaging, eager to learn and never shy to ask what many other apprentices would have considered to have been a silly question. When you are an Apprentice there are no silly questions!

Cailean, an 18-year-old from Bishopbriggs and a former pupil of Turnbull High, spent his first couple of months within the Training Centre learning the skills and knowledge to undertake the role of a General Construction Operative. A GCO, as it is commonly known as, is what many would consider to be a Groundworker. This includes duties such as setting out lines and levels, laying modular paving and pouring and finishing of concrete. I thought at the time Cailean, although very capable at carrying out these tasks, would be better suited to a technical role within construction, attention to detail being his biggest attribute, brought me to this conclusion.

Cailean’s first taste of being on site came whilst out on work placement with Advance Construction Scotland. A great opportunity which unfortunately came to an end when there was a lack of work on site. The next site selection for Cailean was what I would call the ‘game changer’! We were approached by the Project Manager of the Carillion RSNO Project, Campbell Adamson, asking if we had any Carillion Apprentices who were capable General Operatives, had a great personality and were computer literate. It may seem like an odd combination but Campbell had plans for this particular operative to also be involved in back office duties. These duties included compiling induction paperwork, preparing equipment necessary for induction delivery and also inputting Don’t Walk By’s (hazard reporting card) onto the Carillion system. Needless to say Cailean fitted the role perfectly.

The feedback from the Carillion staff regarding Cailean’s performance was great, but it was another employer, Veitchi Interiors, who were taking note of Cailean’s performance. Cailean had been asked to support the Veitchi team, requested by Ronnie Szczotka to carry out snagging duties on the back of some joiner finishing. As always with his attention to detail Cailean did not take this task lightly (anyone who has carried out snagging will tell you it’s not the most exciting task) and carried out the snagging to a high standard. This was the opportunity to impress an employer and Cailean grabbed it with both hands.

Ronnie having worked on site with Cailean for a number of weeks now, seen potential in him and suggested he hand in his CV to Veitchi Interiors, Managing Director, Donald Turner. Cailean gave his CV to Ronnie but after missing an opportunity to meet Donald on site, thought any opportunity had been lost. This was not to the case. Donald contacted Cailean and offered him the opportunity to sit in front of him and tell him why he felt he was the right person for the role of office assistant with an opportunity to progress further which he eventually gained. I can’t go into detail as to what was discussed at the interview, needless to say it went great. Well at least the interview did anyway! After coming out of the interview Cailean was sitting in the office when Managing Director Colin Kennedy, asked Cailean “Tell me something about yourself?” Instead of Cailean replying that he was from Bishopbriggs or that he was 18 years old, he replied “I have an unhealthy obsession for Doctor Who!” No surprises that there were some shocked faces around the room. What this did was break the ice and set the ground for some future Doctor Who jokes.

Cailean is relishing in his new job role where he is involved in pre-contract estimating, with material, take offs, preparation of estimate files use of the CRM system, and using the “Plan swift” application to name but a few. Cailean has also been involved in site visits, working on projects such as the Golden Jubilee project where his duties ranged from site administrator to general labour.

Cailean, who has now been working for Veitchi Interiors for 10 months, has been rewarded for his hard work and commitment by being given the opportunity to undertake a ‘Built Environment’ course at City of Glasgow College in September of this year for which on successful completion will lead on to a Quantity Surveying course. A fantastic opportunity to take on a role so desperately lacking in numbers in the construction industry.

I spoke with Veitchi Interiors Business Development Manager, Derek McIlreavy. The first word he used when asked about Cailean was “proud”, funny, that’s the first word I would use too. Derek went on to say how he had fitted in well with the team, taking everything in his stride and saying no to nothing; another great attribute for any Trainee/Apprentices to have. Derek mentioned that he is excited for Cailean, stating that on the completion of his degree that the “door is now open to the rest of the world”. He said that this is an exciting time for Veitchi Interiors too. Seeing Cailean come through the process and the potential he has, has now led Veitchi Interiors to believe in repeating the process in the future; great news for those young people out there eager to gain an opportunity within a lead construction firm.

When I asked Derek if he had any advice for an employer out there looking to bring young people into their business, he had two simple things to say, “Encourage the young person to do well” and “Never step on their dreams”, wise words.

Be The Future - Reality of Being an Apprentice

Helen Jane Campbell

Business Administration Level 3 Modern Apprentice - TIGERS Ltd





Be the Future - Reality of Being an Apprentice

If you think about being an apprentice the word such as “tea runner” seems to crop up a lot, in this blog I will explain the exact truth of being an apprentice and how beneficial is can be for your future and also the business that you work in. I will also briefly share my story and how I felt an apprenticeship route was the best way to go forward.

For me being not the best intellectual person in my school, the only options I felt I had was to go to college or to stay on and study and get no practical experience of the world of work but this was not the case, I then stumbled across a training provider called Tigers and within a couple of month of getting practical experience though the help of Tigers I nailed myself an apprenticeship with the company themselves!! 1 year later and I am still currently with the company, completed my SVQ Level 2 in Business Administration and currently doing my Level 3.

Being an apprentice is a brilliant way of combining practical skill with technical knowledge which basically means you are getting the best of both. You’re NOT sitting in a classroom writing a 1000 word essay “yawn”, your actually experiencing it first hand and then writing about the tasks you have been involved in which is so much simpler that it sounds.

Let’s go straight to the hot topic Involvement. There are so many myths going about that apprentice’s are not involved in the company as much as employee’s are and that they are only there to run around doing silly unnecessary tasks and making teas which is NOT the case. From first-hand experience I know that my thoughts are valued within the business just like any other business who has taken on a Modern Apprentice. They value our thoughts because we are a new set of eyes, we hold so many ideas and this is beneficial as it can only make our business better. Tip #1 for any apprentice’s out there, voice your ideas there is no silly answers also we are not involved in unnecessary tasks, we are “Modern” Apprentices, we create, we update and we input into our business. We are the current generation and we will be the future of businesses worldwide. In regards to the tea making everyone is involved in this, I know from my experience that all members of the company I work in has offered me a cup of tea or coffee this is including my director. Do you have any more myths you feel as an apprentice isn't true?

I feel personally the Apprenticeship route is the route to go because it lets us gain the experience/knowledge for the world of work which further education cannot do. Starting out as an apprentice can be a little bit tough but just remember your the sky’s the limit and we can do anything we put our mind too.

Helen Jane Campbell - Modern Apprentice Weekly Blog 23.10.15

Helen Jane Campbell

Business Administration Level 3 Modern Apprentice - TIGERS Ltd




Monday

I came in early to set my calendar for the tasks I had been asked to complete. I never really noticed the amount of tasks I was asked to be involved in once I had completed my calendar which was completely full. Today was just my weekly set tasks which flew by but I can tell this is going to be a tough week with the deadlines I have too meet. Challenging but a great opportunity to show what I am capable of it.

Tuesday

I came in a little earlier as my calendar was really full today and I felt like I never gave myself enough time which anyone should really double check when looking to completing a task correctly and to a high standard. I felt like today flew by and was challenging due to not giving myself enough time to get my tasks fully completed so I decided to stay behind a bit to close of the tasks as Friday was the deadline for them to be completed.

Wednesday

This morning I decided to look over my calendar and ensure I had gave myself enough time to complete my tasks after being really busy yesterday. After this was done I went on with tasks I had to complete which was tasks me and my Corporate Manager discussed at my one to one review last week. This time I ensured that all font layouts were double checked after my mishap with the font mistake last week. I felt today was very productive and my work was very accurate after rearranging the timescale I had set for certain tasks so before I left tonight I decided to check the time-scale for the rest of the week.

Thursday

This morning I had registrations to do for the new group that started, I have completed this a few times now and I am more confident in regards to not using my step by step guide as much and very minimum changes to be made once the first compliance check is completed compared to the very first time completing this task which took up more time. I then had a task to complete in regards to pricing equipment and training courses which I felt ran smoothly as I could analysis and pull together the equipment/courses I felt would be more beneficial for our company.

Friday

Each Friday my whole day is set out to complete registers which details everyone that is currently on the TIGERS programme. This is a great opportunity that shows the potential I have as it consists of pivot tables/conditional formatting which I didn't know how to complete before I began my modern apprenticeship. This shows that my knowledge has expanded whilst completing my modern apprenticeship and I able to carry out a lot more tasks than I was able to do a while ago. The registers is a very timely/challenging task to complete but I feel I am becoming more comfortable. I feel my colleague won’t need to double check my work soon which would be a great achievement for myself. This task is double checked for the correct grammar/layout and to ensure it is of a high standard before they get printed. The registers are viewed by the whole company and used for a variety of different things within our business so they need to be accurate.

Summary of my week

I felt this week was quite challenging due to my work load increasing this week with tasks I had been given from my one to one review and also the admin meeting but I felt confident after knowing that I had completed all tasks that was set in my calendar and I could close this off and start next week as a fresh.

Helen Jane Campbell - Modern Apprentice Weekly Blog 16.10.15

Helen Jane Campbell

Business Administration Level 3 Modern Apprentice - TIGERS Ltd




Blog Introduction
I have went into my new week of work feeling extremely motivated after speaking with my Managing Director last week on how I am progressing in regards to my apprenticeship and the tasks I have been involved in, such a great feeling knowing that I am being recognised for the work I am completing.

Monday

I have recently been given the task to register new trainee’s onto our system, feeling a little nervous as this is only the second time I have ever completed this task. It’s a great opportunity to be given such an important task to be completed and hopefully soon I will be able to complete it without the step by step guide helping me. It was a very productive day, I got all the tasks that were in my calendar ahead of the time-scale and also got some tasks completed that weren't planned within my calendar. Hopefully tomorrow will run as smoothly as today did.

Tuesday

This morning I had to reorganise my calendar due to a delivery running a bit behind. Once this was done I was then asked by my Managing Director to type up a document he had written. Once I had double checked the spelling and layout within the document I then gave John a hard copy but what I didn't notice was that the font had changed half way though typing the word document up, for anyone that is typing up a document please ensure that you check the font is all the same as I felt a bit embarrassed that I never noticed this before John did. Today was challenging due to me setting my tasks with an unrealistic time-scale but this has shown that I must give myself more time when completing larger tasks. Hopefully tomorrow will run smoothly.

Wednesday

Today I had my calendar set to complete letters for new starts who will be starting this coming Monday, a little cautious in case I completed them wrong but the mail merge was a great help as it filled in all the information that was required and all I had to do is put the start date in. Today was also very productive as all my tasks were completed before my time-scale and I was able to complete more tasks that wasn't set on my calendar. I have a one to one review with my Corporate Manager which I have fully prepared for, feeling a tad nervous, but hopefully all will go well.

Thursday

This morning I came in early to prepare for my review and ensure I had all the key point I wanted to discuss. Once this was completed I went on with my routine tasks I had set in my calendar. After this it was time to go in for my one to one review, stomach was churning a little but all feedback I received was very positive and I really enjoyed having the discussion with Laura to see what my progression route could be and get feedback on the tasks I am completing.

Friday

Fridays are always busy in Head Office, phones constantly going, payments to be processed and registers to be completed but I felt today ran quite smoothly, the calls have been minimal and I have completed the registers an hour ahead off time. Time to clear up the office and start a fresh for next week.

Summary of my week

This week has gone extremely well and flew in. I feel I need to start taking more time when completing tasks due the font mistake earlier in the week with my Managing Director but the feedback I received at my review was really positive and I enjoyed having a one to one discussion with my Corporate Manager.

Rachaels Blog - Day 2

Tuesday 19th May 2015

Morning : Just presented my first ever TIGERS training session, my presentation was on Twitter and everything that comes along with it. I was extremely nervous at first but as I got more into it the more my confidence grew, the feedback from the staff members that attended was extremely positive and I feel like I have helped TIGERS staff gain more knowledge through today's training session.

Afternoon:I have spent all day over at our TIGERS Construction Training Centre giving a helping hand with setting up the rooms for tomorrows Open Day which included setting out the activities for each room. I am now looking forward to tomorrow as I will have the opportunity to speak to young people about the great opportunities that TIGERS has!

Rachael

Rachael Odiamehi Modern Apprenticeship Blog

Current TIGERS employee and Business Administration Modern Apprentice Rachael has agreed to post a daily blog of tasks she is involved in during Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week 2015.

Monday 18th May 2015

9.00 - 13.00

It has been an extremely busy morning, not only for myself but for the whole Business Administration team here at TIGERS, I have just spent the best part of this morning finalising preparations for our Open Day which will be held on the Wednesday and Thursday of this week, loads of planning has gone into this and from the numbers that we have confirmed so far looks like it's going to be an eventful 2 days.

13.00 - 4.30

I have just finished going over my PowerPoint presentation for tomorrow's Twitter training session with Brian Carmichael and Laura Devennie, the feedback from them was very positive also got some tips and advice from both of them which was a great help.Although I am very nervous, but excited at the same time to be presenting my first in house training session to my fellow staff members at TIGERS.

Rachael

George Leslie employ two TIGERS Employabilty Fund Trainees

George Leslie Employ 2 Tigers trainees

Some great news for two of TIGERS Business Administration Employability Fund Trainees, Jack Cameron and Emma Adams, as they have entered full time employment with Civil Engineering Contractor, George Leslie Ltd. Both Emma and Jack completed a successful 6 weeks Work Placement with George Leslie and now they have moved into full time employment they will also undertake a Business Administration SVQ Level 2 through TIGERS. Well done Jack and Emma!!

Get Around Glasgow Project

get-around-project-glasgow

recently a group of trainees from the current Business administration Employabiilty Fund training group completed the 'Get Around Glasgow' project, this involved visiting many important sites around Glasgow using a range of different transport methods

About Tigers LTD

Welcome to the TIGERS new website, we are a Glasgow Training Provider and Employment Broker who pride ourselves on the shaping and preparing young persons for the world of work.

Keep in Touch

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  0141 771 5200
  Unit 27, 102 Crowhill Road
Bishopbriggs, G64 1RP

Find us on Map

Latest News

26
Jun2017

TIGERS Modern Apprentice Graduation 2017

A slideshow of pictures taken during our recent Modern Apprentice Graduation which took place at the Grand Central Hotel on the...

07
Feb2017

Safer Internet Day - Top Tips

#SID2017 Top Tips TIGERS would like all trainees and apprentices to think about the E-Safety standards which requires all users to be responsible...

14
Oct2016

Jamie Hepburn Visits TIGERS Training Centre

Great day for our current and former Modern Apprentices on the 28th of September as they got to meet with MSP...

11
Oct2016

Business Administration Modern Apprenticeship Success

Congratulations to George Leslie Ltd employees Emma Adams and Jack Cameron on achieving their Business and Administration Level 3 Modern Apprenticeships....

05
Sep2016

Attachment-Led Childcare Network Event

Kelly Deans and one of the children of Lullaby Lane Nursery TIGERS are excited to announce the launch of an Attachment Led...

18
Jun2016

Modern Apprenticeship Celebration of Success Video

Hope you enjoy the video put together to celebrate the success of TIGERS Modern Apprentices over the contract year 2015/16. The...

18
Jun2016

Advance Construction Employ Carillion Apprentice

Congratulations to Carillion Modern Apprentice Mathew Lawson who has just moved into a full time employment position with Advance Construction Scotland....

03
Mar2016

TIGERS to host Robertson Construction 'Meet the...

TIGERS are please to announce that we will be hosting a 'Meet the Buyer' Event on behalf of Robertson Construction, the...

29
Feb2016

#ScotMAWeek16 Day 1 Review

A recap of the activities TIGERS have been involved in during day one of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 16

29
Feb2016

MSP Stewart Maxwell visits George Leslie Ltd...

On the first day of #ScotMAWeek16 MSP Stewart Maxwell paid a visit to Civil Engineering firm George Leslie Ltd, there Stewart...

26
Jan2016

Sean McLaughlin Modern Apprenticeship Journey

“I began TIGERS in 2011 where I undertook a Construction course in Bishopbriggs, during which I learned employability skills as well...

16
Jan2016

MSP Annabelle Ewing Presents TIGERS with IIYP...

After a fantastic 2015, winning awards such as the STF 'Most Innovative and Creative Employability Provider', we started off 2016 with...

06
Aug2015

Carillion Apprentice of the Month July 15

Well done to our Carillion Apprentice of the Month Ryan Higgins! Ryan continues to impress his Trainer and his fellow Apprentices...

18
Jun2015

TIGERS Support Out of Contract Footballers

TIGERS in partnership with Revolution Sports Management are financing a “Training Camp” for out of contract footballers in support for their...

11
Mar2015

Jo Swinson Visits TIGERS and Carillion Training...

In the run up to National Apprenticeship Week (March 9 to 15), Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire, visited construction apprentices...

«
»

Brochures