Cian Taylor and Seth White are both on the Lovell Site Management Development scheme. The scheme includes working on-site as well as gaining training at the Lovell head office in Tamworth, where they focus on technology and management skills and gain knowledge that they wouldn’t learn on-site, such as first aid courses.
They also gain experience in different departments of the business, such as commercial and sales, to give them a better understanding of how other areas of Lovell operate. They will both visit a Lovell simulation centre during their training, where trainees gain feedback on how they handle site situations.
Alongside being a part of the Lovell scheme, Cian and Seth are working towards an NVQ level-six qualification in Construction Management, which they mostly work on outside of work hours.
Cian, 23, from Penarth, works on Lovell Homes’ Golwg Y Bryn development in Ebbw Vale, ensuring that contractors are sticking to the programme, health and safety requirements are met and customers are satisfied with their new-build homes, all whilst maintaining a high level of quality.
Cian said: “My father works on Lovell sites and I jumped at the chance to work for Lovell when the opportunity presented itself. Lovell are very welcoming and provide a great level of support and teamwork. I love that there is the chance of learning something new every day in my role. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, it’s allowed me to adapt in any situation.”
Seth, 19, from Cirencester in Gloucestershire, now lives in Cardiff where he works at The Mill development in Canton. Day to day, Seth deals with on-site problems, makes sure each home is built to the high standard and quality Lovell is known for, and keeps the job as safe as possible for everyone working on site.
Seth said: “I found out about this role from a family friend and was very interested as it will give me many opportunities for the future. I most enjoy that my role involves mainly working outside and means I get to meet and interact with people from all walks of life, and every day is always different.
“Lovell are extremely proficient and helpful in progressing my career. I love working with my site team and everyone in the office, as well as the great sub-contractors we have on site. I’m looking forward to continuing to learn as much as possible and making the most of my abilities.
“As part of the training scheme in Tamworth, I’ll get the chance to meet all the other Trainee Site Managers from across the UK. Due to the restrictions of the pandemic this has been postponed, but I’m looking forward to the opportunity once it’s safe to go ahead.”
Paul Phillips, build manager at Lovell, said: “The scheme is completely rewarding and trainees develop a lot quicker than they might with an academic qualification. The days spent in Tamworth allow them to gain practical skills and on the job training really helps with their qualification. The scheme is highly important to help them develop and do the best job they can for Lovell.”
For more information on the careers and training schemes available at Lovell, visit https://corporate.lovell.co.uk/our-people/careers/.