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Having just finished School at the ripe old age of 15, awaiting my GCSE Results and my 16th Birthday, I still hadn’t decided what I wanted to do with the next few years of my life. I didn’t have a clue when it came to a career for when I was older and I don’t think I’d even thought about it after the prospect of becoming a Liverpool player vanished through my love of McDonalds Chicken Nuggets. Most of my mates were already booked to go back to Sixth Form but I just don’t think another 2 years of School and another 3/4 years in University appealed to me. It was actually my Dad that pushed me down the Apprenticeship route, he always said ‘get a good trade behind you and you won’t go far wrong’ and I can honestly say, looking back, that he was right. 

Having secured a 4 year Plumbing apprenticeship with HE Simm in Liverpool, I started my working life in September 2007. Having worked on projects such as Whiston Hospital - trying my hand at installing Cast Iron Pipework ready for the bathroom ‘pods’ to be dropped in and hooked up, Liverpool One - from first fix pipework, fitting Sanitary ware to fixing lead slates on the roofs of the old buildings and The Walton Centre (part of Aintree University Hospital) - a complete revamp of the existing bathrooms and fit outs for new wards, I absolutely loved ‘serving my time’, it’s great driving past some of the buildings I worked on, knowing that I had a part to play in them being there for years to come.  Unfortunately, just before I started my 4th year, I snapped my Anterior Cruciate Ligament. I was off work for 11 months, as I was passed from pillar to post, told that I had ‘just bruised my knee’ and signed off again for another 2 weeks to ‘let it heal’. Eventually, 8 months later, I had the operation to repair my completely snapped Ligament and started my Physio. As soon as I could walk I was back in work, although I’d find out things were a lot tougher and kneeling down was unbearable. I carried on for the last year to make sure I became fully qualified, but knew I couldn’t carry on doing that job until I retired. 

I came across some brilliant Tradesmen and the advice and guidance they gave me will serve me for the rest of my life. And to HE Simm, I can only be grateful that they gave me an opportunity to learn. 
So on to the next chapter……Recruitment!! 

My Mum had been in Recruitment since I could remember. Memories of her working hard to make a success of her career and to make sure the family were never wanting for anything, made me proud, but even more so, made me want to follow in her footsteps and make my name as well known in the Recruitment world as hers was. So I invested some time into getting my CV out and finally got my start in Recruitment.  Although I first started in Industrial recruitment, I felt I wanted to get as much experience recruitment experience as I could. Within 6 months, I had an interview with Scantec. My first Interview with Scantec. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be and the then Trades Team Manager, Paul Gibbens, told me to go away and get some experience in Recruitment and come back once I had done. So I did. 4 years later, after experience of being a Branch Manager and an Account Manager in Industrial Recruitment, I was invited for interview…… then a 2nd interview…… and in June last year, started my Scantec journey. Jon Golding – Senior Consultant – Trades Team. 

The sole reason for wanting to join Scantec was because they ARE ‘Specialists’ within the Technical and Engineering sector. Everyone here either already has vast experience within their chosen field, or are being taught by the best, which is why I felt like I was making the right decision when joining. I felt I could not only add my knowledge in the industry to a team that was already full of experience and a desire to succeed, but I could also learn from them as well. Within the first 10 months of being here, I’ve really settled. I believe my experiences on site, as well as my recruitment experience; have enabled me to support both Candidates, in their quest for that new contract/project, and Clients, in their pursuit of the best talent available for their projects. 

I’m looking forward to my future with Scantec, taking my experiences of the past with me to ensure I make a success of myself.