We have the Electrical Division, Peter Weir, one of our Contracts Managers, Piotr Kopacz from our Estimating Department, Karen Cuthbertson, a Technical Clerk and Ahmir Reizia one of our Joiners showing us who they are #HereBecauseOf
To mark the final day of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019 we asked the TJL team who they are #HereBecauseOf, giving thanks to those who have helped them throughout their career journeys whether it be a colleague, current or previous mentor or family member.
Here we have Stewart McKay from our Estimating Department, Davie Concliffe a Factory Machine Operator, Angela Ronald, our Receptionist, Linda Whittington, our Manufacturing QS and Cameron Houston also from our Estimating Department telling us who has inspired them.
As our apprenticeship profiling comes to an end we finish with Dylan, our first year Wood Machinist whose progression within TJL is already admirable. Dylan first began working with TJL as a labourer which involved him doing a variety of tasks to help ensure the smooth running of the factory.
“I started doing lots of different tasks whether it be helping to build units, bubble wrapping goods, sweeping up the floor, sanding things down, anything really!”
Meet Paul, our second year electrical apprentice who is part of the M&E division here at TJL. Paul joined the team in 2017 after previously working offshore where he recognised he was more interested in learning a trade and nurturing that skillset. With this in mind, an apprenticeship at TJL presented itself as a brilliant opportunity for Paul, who has become accustomed to working life but was keen to increase his knowledge in this area.
“I’d heard great things about the apprenticeship scheme at TJ’s and jumped at the opportunity to apply,” he said.
From day one Paul has been guided through his training by Stevie Campbell, our M&E Services Supervisor, and the rest of the team who are supporting Paul’s learning experience and this is a key aspect of the apprenticeship which Paul values greatly.
“The element of my apprenticeship which I enjoy the most is learning from the highly skilled members of my team and being able to follow in their footsteps.”
Here at TJL we invest in the next generation of quality tradespeople by offering apprenticeships to enthusiastic people like Paul and it is excellent to see him gaining hands-on experience testing live circuits in the video below. In this learning exercise Paul is being mentored by Alan as he shows him how to test a live circuit safely whilst following clear instructions and direction.
This is Kieran, our 2nd year joinery apprentice who is currently based on site at Point A Hotel Edinburgh with our Senior Site Manager Neil Shanks mentoring and guiding him. Kieran’s progression into his apprenticeship was slightly different to the conventional route as he left school at 16; attending college for two years before determining he wanted to find a full time job. He posted on social media in search of any vacancies and was contacted by a TJL manager who organised a labourer job for him. After working hard from the outset, Kieran’s capabilities were recognised and he was offered a joinery apprenticeship here at TJL.
“When I was asked what area I was interested in, I knew I would apply myself to any trade but I was particularly interested in joinery and it just went from there!”