As this week marks the release of the 2020 SQA Exam Results, Maxi Construction Ltd are partaking in the #NoWrongPath Campaign with employees sharing their career journeys within the Construction industry.
Now in its fourth year, this award-winning social media movement run by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) aims to provide inspiration and reassurance to young people on receiving their exam results. This year has been unique due to the disruption to education and the subsequent impact on final examination results. #NoWrongPath aims to show young people the variety of career options available to them and that exam results are not necessarily the key to unlocking future success.
Maxi Construction employees have have been sharing their career journeys and highlighting that there is… #NoWrongPath.
Project Manager – Andy Calder
Then: Andy left school and was taken on as an apprentice Joiner with Balfour Beatty where he completed his apprenticeship via day release courses with Reid Kerr College in Paisley.
Now: Project Manager at Maxi Construction.
Andy commented: “I have worked in the industry since school, having started 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.”
Site Manager – John Hunter
Then: John left school with 2 highers and 8 standard grades and worked as a Life Guard and Prison Officer before finding his feet in the Construction industry where he started off as a Ground Operative.
John went on to complete work-based SVQ’s in Construction Site Supervision.
Now: Site Manager at Maxi Construction. John is responsible for the day to day running of a construction site with tasks including, managing health and safety, ordering materials, making sure the jobs on site are running in the order they should be and with the relevant trades, completing all relevant paperwork, keeping to timescales and attending meetings.
When we asked John what he enjoyed most about his job, he said “What I enjoy most about my role as Site Manager is that every project is a different challenge and every day is different. I like organising things and having a meticulous plan.I find that manners go a long way and having a good relationship with the Client/End User really helps.”
Business Support Coordinator – Lisa Aitken
Then: Lisa left school at 15 after completing her standard grades and was offered a work experience placement with Mace Group where she remained for 6 years and completed roles such as Admin Assistant, Project Secretary, Personal Assistant and Proposals Coordinator.
Now: Business Support Coordinator at Maxi Construction and has an involvement in numerous activities that all relate to the Support of the Business which include, Marketing, PQQ, Tendering, Training, Administration and Auditing.
Lisa commented “I enjoy working to deadlines and working on my own initiative and also as part of the team. I appreciate my varied role where no two days are the same. My role enables me to be involved in office activities aswell as being on site and building relationships with colleagues across all areas of the business.”
Site Manager – Craig Rennie
Then: Craig left school and worked via the YTS (Youth Training Scheme) with his local council before getting a Joiner Apprenticeship with Construction company.
Now: Site Manager at Maxi Construction.
Giving an insight into what his role as Site Manager entails, Craig explained, “My role as a Site Manager has numerous tasks, but the most important task is to look after the health and safety of all people who come on site as well as the public. To do this I need to plan the sequence of works ,what each task entails, what level of risk is involved in each task, how to reduce the risk level of each task and lastly how to protect the public from the ongoing works . Once this “Planning stage” is complete I must monitor the works as they progress to make sure that all the safety measures are being followed. This is done be using site meeting when someone first comes on to site and the site rules are read out, this is called an induction.
Although site safety is a huge and important task it is just one of many tasks that I do. Next on the list is to ensure that I have enough material on site so that the operatives on site can carry out the work that is required, I also have to make sure that I have enough operatives on site to carry out the work so that it can be completed in a timely and safe manner.
In addition, I also attend site meetings with the architect, client and sub-contractors so that any problems that come up during the build can be worked out quickly so that the works aren’t held up too much .
The above is just a small part of what I do, and there is always something to do. The thing that I enjoy about my job the most is seeing a building site come together to become a home or workplace for others to enjoy.”
Marketing Manager – Claire MacKenzie
Then: Claire left school and went to University to study Business Studies with the idea of becoming a Business Studies teacher. During the course she grew more interested in marketing and at completion of her Honours Degree she also studied for a Diploma in Marketing. She then started looking for marketing jobs and got her first role as a Marketing Assistant with Balfour Beatty.
Now: Marketing Manager at Maxi Construction.
Giving us an insight into what led Claire to her career choice, she said “I found marketing a fascinating part of business studies and knew that was the area that I wanted to work in – before I went to University I didn’t know much about marketing at all and never imagined that I would end up having a career in marketing. I enjoy the varied nature of the job and have a keen interest in all types of buildings but my favourites are historic buildings.”
Senior Estimator – Jackson Taylor
Then: Trainee Quantity Surveyor
Now: Senior Estimator at Maxi Construction.
Explaining what his role entails, Jackson said “As a Senior Estimator I am responsible for calculating construction cost estimates for various projects from £5000 – £5,000,000. I am involved at tender stage with the planning, development and negotiation of the tender from the initial inquiry through to the tender deadline and dealing with any post tender queries that arise.
What I enjoy most about my role is having to effectively manage time to suit all the tender deadlines which makes me appreciate how valuable time is with my family when I am not working.”
Contract Manager – Brian Watters
Then: Brian graduated from Heriot-Watt University with an Honours degree in Structural Engineering with Architectural Design and had the intentions of taking employment in Consultancy. With itchy feet, the world of employment was put on ice to travel the world and on his return the different career path in construction with a main contractor presented itself and Brian took on the role as Site Engineer with Maxi Construction in 2007.
Now: Contracts Manager at Maxi Construction. Brian is responsible for the overall construction activities and provides support to our site-based management teams to ensure Safety, Quality, Programme and Environmental standards are all monitored and achieved.
Brian assists with key co-ordination, programming, resource procurement and reviewing and co-ordinating design processes, whether that be Design & Build contracts, CDP items or client designs.
Looking back at his career with Maxi Construction, Brian said “Taking the reins on my first project was daunting at first but I soon realised I was ready for the challenge and transition with the experiences and knowledge I’d developed. Our Construction Director offered a great level of support in my continued development, which l will always be grateful for.
Construction offers so much variety and countless challenges that there’s never a dull moment.”