The property and construction business is a major sector for the UK economy. We are all fully aware of what a problem the skills gap is for businesses looking to grow or strengthen their teams.
In 2008 the recession saw the construction industry cut over 140,000 jobs. Then, in 2012, another dip which the sector just scraped through. We were then all faced with a new challenge, one that seemed to have an obvious solution, by investing in the right training and skills.
So, when an enthusiastic individual shows initiative by calling twice a week, for six weeks; begging BSD to provide him with an opportunity to prove his worth, you have to nurture and admire their resourcefulness.
Luke Pocklington joined BSD in July 2015. We were so impressed with Luke’s persistence but more so his ability to remain polite and patient during, what seemed to be, his own personal marketing campaign to join our technical team.
Initially, Luke was uncertain of which area he wanted to specialise in so we enrolled him on a two year building services course at Leicester College. This particular course benefits those just starting out in building services but also accommodates those with certain levels of experience who want to achieve a formal qualification.
We also provided Luke with an introduction to building simulation, for six months, using IES software. However, as a result of working alongside his Director, Phil Pollard, Luke quickly developed a aspiration to become an electrical engineer.
Luke continued to show commitment to his studies and would often work weekends, in the office, to complete his coursework. Through in-house mentoring, Luke has achieved a level of confidence and design skills that helped him to achieve his ultimate goal. In July 2017, Luke was awarded a merit for his HNC in Building Services.
For the next 12 months Luke plans to concentrate on his technical role within the business and may explore the possibility of a BEng, in Building Services, at Coventry University.
Luke is now a key member of the technical team; and under the supervision of senior members of staff he is enjoying an element of discovery and design on live projects. As his experience grows Luke hopes to eventually make intermediate level and have more direct contact with clients.
We are delighted that BSD has been able to help Luke to achieve a level of confidence not just in his work but also develop good working relationships with his colleagues. Luke’s natural aptitude to interact with his contemporaries has earned him the captaincy for this next month’s Wolf Run . As Captain, Luke will motivate the team through the 5k course to raise money for our charity of the year, Bloodwise.
Inspired by his Wolf Run leadership, Luke is now collaborating with his local football team “Sheepy Old Boys” to form an 11-a-side team to raise further funds for Bloodwise.