Alumni Network Case Studies
Name: James Taylor
Courses studied at Leeds College of Building: Plumbing NVQ Level 2
Year(s) at Leeds College of Building: 2004-2006
Current job title: Contract Supervisor
Organisation/Company: Aqua Interiors
Industry sector: Construction (Plumbing and Heating)
I attended Leeds College of Building from 2004 to 2006 studying a NVQ Level 2 in Plumbing, throughout my time at LCOB I also secured an apprentice placement with Aqua Interiors.
After qualifying, I continued to work for Aqua Interiors as a plumbing and heating engineer. Initially I worked in a small team fitting kitchens and bathrooms in social housing. When I had gained experience and was signed off as fully competent I began completing jobs on my own.
Due to the recession and subsequent decline in work I opted to work in the stores department: managing materials, dealing with suppliers, processing orders. In 2012, I was promoted to assist Contract Managers and this quickly progressed to my current role as Contract Supervisor.
In my current role I really enjoy the challenge of mobilisation for a new contract – at points it can seem that that completion is a million miles away, and there’s so many things to organise. However, when you can see the work begin, all the workers are on site completing the work to a great standard, and to see the final product – it’s a great accomplishment.
It’s great to receive feedback from clients, and especially emails and letters from residents who we have completed work for. Winning extra work on the back of completed contracts gives me great job satisfaction as I know I have done an excellent job.
I’m working hard and learning as much as possible to soon progress to a Contract Manager position – I’m also keen to learn more about Health and Safety Management.
My advice to students would be to always take on board any advice or constructive criticism – you’ll learn so much from it. Remember that no matter how well you can do something, there is always someone out there who can offer advice to help you improve. If you work hard, show initiative and a willing to learn, people will notice. I would also strongly recommend gaining as much practical experience as possible while you’re at college to improve your changes of employment or gaining an apprenticeship.