Richard Tomlinson

Excelerate Graduate Engineer

"You are allocated a buddy on your first project to help you settle in."

Studied at (university/ college): Leeds Beckett University

Degree: BSc in Civil Engineering

What attracted you to Sisk and the Excelerate programme?

I was attracted by the chance to work on a variety of different projects in different sectors of engineering. All this is completed within a well-structured programme that is fully supported by everyone within the company.

In no more than 20 words explain what Excelerate is?

Excelerate to me is a scheme to produce the next generation of leaders for John Sisk & Son.

How did you find the recruitment process?

The recruitment process was straightforward and easy to follow. Added to this the assessment day was the best I experienced.

How are you supported through the programme?

You are supported throughout by a mentor who is assigned to you on your first day, and stays with you throughout the programme. You are also allocated a buddy on your first project to help you settle in and explain any day-to-day things you may need to know about how the company operates.

Tell me in your own words what your best experience has been on the Excelerate programme to date?

So far my best experience has been working as the Site Manager for the refurbishment of our new office building for the Solihull branch, whilst on my placement there. This was a fantastic introduction to what is required to run a successful site, but on a smaller more manageable scale.

Please describe in summary what your day / week looks like in your current / most recent placement you’d like to share?

Currently I am working as a Site Engineer for structures on the A19 junction improvement project. A typical week involves attending the daily briefing every morning and then heading out on site. Then it can involve anything from the setting out and surveying of structures to supervising Sub-contractors. As well as this there is a lot of paperwork to be maintained relating to the health and safety on site, which is very important and I am also responsible for ensuring all our survey equipment is maintained and calibrated.

What have you found most challenging?

The most challenging thing for me is the sheer volume and range of things to learn whilst trying to remember as much as I can.

Any tips for future applicants?

My advice would be to be yourself throughout the recruitment process and don’t try to be who you think the company is looking for.