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9 Appointments Constructing Careers The industry’s apprentices and young trainees tell us why they chose a career in construction Name: Cody Haley Age: 18 Company: Apprentice bricklayer at WDH What made you want to join the construction industry in the first place? I’ve always wanted to do something hands on and got the opportunity at high school to do this through a vocational day release programme. I also noticed that the construction industry was picking up and felt it would be a secure place to start my career. How did you go about getting onto your current programme? My day release programme allowed me to sample different trades. Following this, I did a bricklaying course at Castleford Skills Exchange in which I obtained an NVQ in bricklaying. This gave me the confidence to apply to do an apprenticeship in bricklaying at WDH as I knew this was something I enjoyed doing. What have you done so far? I am now in the second year of my apprenticeship and have had a lot of experience working on our timber-framed new-build properties at our Normanton site. During this time I have worked on building boundary walls as well as flagging and concreting. I feel I’ve gained a lot of valuable knowledge from those who have been doing the job for years and my technique has improved with their assistance. It’s nice to know that in the future I can look at the houses built in Normanton and know that I played a part in their construction. What do you hope to achieve in your career? I hope to achieve my Level 3 NVQ in bricklaying and hopefully gain a full-time permanent position from my apprenticeship. The property market is booming so I know my skills will be in demand and this will allow me to progress in my career. What do all your mates think of what you do? Most of my friends are also apprentices and we tend to discuss the jobs we are working on when we get together. It is great for me to have this kind of peer support as it helps keep me motivated. Where do you think we will see you in 10 years’ time? My aim is to be a fully qualified bricklayer, and I would like to continue to do this with WDH as they are a great employer to work for. If I am not with them I know I will be able to get a job elsewhere as the demand for property is increasing so I know my skills will continue to be required. Seddon recruits McGillivary for housing division CHARTERED surveyor Ian McGillivary has been appointed as commercial director for Seddon’s North West Housing division. He joins the builder and developer from a similar post at social housing contractor Forrest, and brings more than 25 years’ experience working in the construction industry. McGillivary’s new role will see him work alongside regional housing director Duncan Williams at the company’s North West offices in Bolton. Jonathan Seddon, managing director at Seddon, said: “Ian is a great addition to the strong housing team we have at Seddon.” Nick strengthens Leslie Jones’ team LESLIE Jones Architecture has added to its senior team with the appointment of Nick Strachan as associate director. Strachan brings extensive experience in commercial design and was previously associate director at 3DReid, where he headed up the retail design department in London. Having established relationships with some of the UK’s largest and most successful retail businesses, Strachan will complement Leslie Jones’ existing expertise by further diversifying the range of experience the senior team can draw upon. He will support the practice’s continued growth in the UK, providing a unique perspective on mixed-use and retail-led developments using his renowned creative flair and passion for aspirational design. Dragan is Sika’s new general DRAGAN Maksimovi´c has landed the general manager role at Sika. Having joined the global building product manufacturer in 2002, Maksimovi´c will look to build on the continued growth of the company across its multiple UK markets. He has previously been responsible for developing the operation in Serbia where Sika has become market leader in a number of local market sectors with a strong operation and its own production facilities for concrete admixtures and mortars. Maksimovi´c takes over from Ivo Schaedler, who has taken on the extended responsibility of area manager Europe South. Galbraith takes up Singapore post MOTT MacDonald has appointed Ian Galbraith as managing director for Asia-Pacific and Australasia. Based in Singapore, Galbraith, who joined in 2002, will be responsible for the consultancy’s operations and strategic management across the regions. He said: “I am thrilled to head up our operations across these economies. We have a long, successful track record across the regions and I am excited to further develop our presence by working with diverse customers to deliver innovative solutions that set ambitious benchmarks across a host of sectors.”

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