Tom Harker

Trainee Construction

"I instantly knew this was somewhere I could make a go of things. I enjoyed the placement on the lines at the Dalton site, found the work challenging and satisfying, and my assessor was great – pushing me on to help me develop the skills I needed to work on the fabrication lines. The course gave me an insight into the work that goes into assembling components and structures, and Severfield was a great learning environment. Suddenly, I could see myself building a solid career here."

Apprenticeship completed, Tom served his time on the line in Dalton – “It’s a production line, but you’re still learning all the time, even if you’re working on one piece. It’s all about gaining experience, every day."

After five years on the shop floor, Tom was beginning to sense there was more he wanted to learn – new experiences he wanted to master.

“After all that time, personally, I didn’t feel I was growing and I felt like I needed a new challenge - which coincided with an internal advert for a trainee construction role – based largely out on site."

“I started in May 2017, and the training programme included site work at the Tottenham Hotspur site. I loved it. There was a lot to take in and I had a daily diary to manage, keeping up-to-date reports on how the site was coming on, to report any concerns to the Senior Construction Manager. It was a busy, full-throttle shift but I wouldn't have it any other way. My advice to anyone else thinking of making a similar move would be to just do it. Severfield's a great company. If you show willing, they'll help you. You've just got to try it - don't be scared!"

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