News / 02.03.21
To celebrate National Careers Week we're shining the spotlight on a number of scaffolding industry workers, giving readers an insight into what drew them into this line of work.
Name: Joshua Britton
Company: Connect Scaffolding Ltd
Route into the scaffolding industry
I served for six years in the Armed Forces having joined up straight from school. I travelled all over the world serving in Maritime Search and Rescue in the Falklands, in Air Dispatch flying in Hercules supplying combat units with weapons and supplies and taking part in NATO exercises in Germany and America.
Although I loved my time in the Forces, I decided that I wanted to take on a new challenge and look for a career closer to home. I had always had an interest in the construction industry and had a look into companies taking on apprentices.
What attracted me to Scaffolding was the further training opportunities beyond the apprenticeship. I started working with Connect Scaffolding Ltd in February 2019. After completing my induction in the yard, I went out to site and worked on a variety of different projects, using both traditional tube and fitting and Layher system scaffolding.
Since being out on site I have gained my relevant scaffolding tickets, I have thoroughly enjoyed working for connect as it is an outside manual job so I feel the transition from being in the armed forces was easy for me to adapt.
Connect as a company have been very supportive of me during my training and has given me the chance to work on many different projects that has benefited me in gaining experience and relevant knowledge of the trade.
What Joshua’s boss has to say about him
When Josh first started working for Connect, he was travelling over a 100mile round trip every day in order to complete his initial training in the yard.
Being very eager to learn, he is always willing to put in extra hours to ensure that his team always deliver a high-quality customer service. He has a brilliant attitude to work and takes on board any advice given.
Josh is a fast learner and takes care to listen and learn from more advanced scaffolders in the team. His supervisors have all commented that his attitude and positivity towards work make him a pleasure to work with.
Josh has continued to have a great work attitude; he works very hard and has learnt quickly. This makes him stand out above the rest, once he becomes a blue card, he will become a good scaffolder and I am happy he is part of my team.
There's a formal structure for progression in the scaffolding industry. To learn more, watch this video.
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