Career Journey – From YTS Joiner to Project Manager

Starting off in the construction industry as a YTS Joiner, Andy has worked his way up to become a Project Manager.

Andy was taken on as an apprentice Joiner with Balfour Beatty and completed his apprenticeship via day release courses with Reid Kerr College in Paisley. After 11 years of working with Balfour Beatty and working his way to Site Foreman, Andy decided to become self-employed for a few years before taking up a staff position with Mowlem Construction as Works Manager; this is where he met our Managing Director John Aitchison, where they were both involved on the £4.5m Apex City Hotel project in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket.

After gaining considerable experience working on various projects, Andy found himself progressing to Project Manager position with Stewart Milne Construction Ltd in 2008.

Since joining Maxi Construction in 2015, Andy has been Project Manager on many of our complex projects:

St Catherine’s Retail Park, Phase 4 | £4.4m

This project involved the demolition of an existing unit and the construction of a new building providing over 4,500m2 of space, sub-divided into 5 retail units, within an operational retail park. Andy’s extensive industry experience, attention to detail and proactive approach allowed this project to be delivered to a high standard with the Client’s post contract review survey scoring 5/5 (Very Good) for Service, Cost and Health & Safety.

St Catherine’s Retail Park, Perth


Linlithgow Partnership Centre | £3m

The works comprised internal alterations, refurbishment and fit-out of the 2 and 3-storey Grade B listed County Buildings to provide a hub for local community services including a library, Customer Information Services (CIS), registrar, Police Scotland and local authority office accommodation. With Andy’s enthusiasm, commitment and expertise we were able to deliver this high specification, high quality project.

linlithgow partnership centre Dalyell Suite

Linlithgow Partnership Centre, Dalyell Suite

Andy’s extensive industry experience, attention to detail and proactive approach makes him an integral part of the Project Management Team.

Andy said: “I have worked in the industry since school, having started out as a YTS joiner and working my way up to become a Project Manager. The industry has changed a lot and can be challenging at times. You meet many interesting characters, some teach you how to do things while others teach you how not to do things. The main thing is to keep learning and have a bit of fun with your workmates. I have been lucky to work with good people here at Maxi.”