Christian Loves New Job!

April 11, 2021 at 10:32 PM

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After leaving school in 2009 and being unsure of his career path, Christian completed a Public Services Diploma and found part-time employment as a delivery driver but he was keen to learn a trade and earn a living.

Christian saw an advertisement in his local paper and applied for a post with Cornwall Community Action Network (CCAN).  He was successful at interview and began employment as a Project Worker in August 2011, combining this with a Wood Occupations Apprenticeship through DMT Business Services.  Whilst employed by CCAN, Christian made excellent progress, developing his hardworking and conscientious approach. He was involved in several community projects, including the renovation of Camborne Deaf Centre where he assisted with renewing ceilings, and was a key project team member in a job constructing and customising stalls for use by incoming businesses at the Camborne Marketplace.

DMT’s Placement Agency had been developing a new partnership with BAM Construction UK and approached them with a view to setting up work experience placements to extend the skills and experience of its Apprentice trainees.  On the 23rd January 2012 Christian was given the opportunity to undertake work experience with BAM at their development site for the new Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre in Truro.

Whilst with BAM, Christian was given the opportunity to shadow and work alongside the Management team. Christian said “The work experience gave me a real insight into how a big site and project is run and managed. Whilst there I worked with Jason Cisneros, Assistant Site Manager and was taught about the plans, their importance and how each time there was a slight change a new plan was issued and updated. I appreciate the chance to have had work experience with BAM”.

David Hawkins, Project Manager at BAM said, “We have found the CCAN employees to be very enthusiastic and willing to build on the knowledge they have gained. BAM are committed to working with DMT in finding training opportunities for their trainees. To this end we actively encourage our supply chain to mentor new Apprentices, potentially leading to future employment”.

Following his successful period of work experience, David Hawkins introduced Christian to one of the project’s supply chain, Abbey Systems, who are specialists in suspended ceilings and partitioning, plastering and fitting out in Cornwall and the South West and DMT’s Placement Agency arranged an interview for Christian at their Head Office in St Austell.  Christian said, “The CPD training that I had attended helped me a great deal especially with building my CV and also with interview skills.”

After a successful interview, Christian was offered a work trial with Abbey systems working at the Bam site beginning on 12th March 2012.  Christian commented, “My time with Abbey reinforced to me the importance of being part of a team and working to the best of my ability and opened up a whole new experience.”

Abbey Systems were impressed by Christian’s attitude, skills and experience and offered him full-time employment beginning 2nd April 2012.

Christian said, “I have enjoyed the experiences of going out on projects with CCAN.  It was great working with friends and I looked forward to coming here.  I have experienced so many different things, including the Skills Event at Carn Brea Leisure Centre where Vince and I helped visiting school children build bird boxes.  That was an eye opener as we had to build loads as they were very popular.  But the main thing I want to say is that I want to thank everyone in DMT, my time with you has changed my whole life and I have made loads of friends, I will miss DMT a lot. Twelve months ago I had no money, lost my Nan, left college and had been working in a hotel.  I was really depressed.  Now my life has changed around, I can’t believe how my luck has changed.”

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