This week we had a chance to speak to Kym Mellott – Assistant Site Manager at ‘Shipley Construction’. Kym first registered with Farsight 9 years ago as an experienced labourer and as you can see, has come on leaps and bounds since then. We asked him a little about why he loves construction, how he got to where he is now, and the advice he has for people looking to progress as he has.
1 - What is your favourite thing about the construction sector?
The sheer diversity of job itself, there's so much to learn and with advances in technology etc there's always going to be something new to learn. For me this is a lifelong career. I also get to meet a wide variety of people who, under normal circumstances, I wouldn't get the chance to get to know. There's so many different roles available within construction, always new goals to set yourself as it's ever changing.
2 - How did you get into construction?
Getting into construction was straight forward, one of my brothers said they needed another labourer so I went and jumped in. I started selling items door to door to start with from the ages of 14-18. I got really good at this but I needed a change and construction was the route I took. I never really thought of this being the career I wanted, but it paid the bills.
3 - What inspired you to go into Management?
One word - BOREDOM! My main skills lie in plant machinery and being able to operate most common plant types becomes very tedious. No matter what machine you are on it's still the same repetitive task over and over. I've gone through 99% of my construction career with my eyes closed and my brain shut off when it came to seeing various trades on site, I just concentrated on getting the materials to them and surviving the week to see the weekend. Basically, my wages were all that mattered. I reached a point where I didn’t even want to come to work anymore, this was when I knew I had to at least start thinking about where I'm heading and the only possible route I could see was management. If it wasn't for the support of my wife and the need to provide for my children then life could be very different for myself, it's scary to think where I would be right now.
4 - What do you believe you did as a temp worker that got you to where you are now?
It was because of being a trusted temp that I was approached for this position, I had to be slightly cheeky for this and just offer to do what I could if they were willing to train me up. And here I am today, still got a very very long road ahead of me, but I've got a good teacher guiding me.
5 - Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What is next for you?
I see myself still working for the same company helping and watching us grow and achieving the title of contracts manager for them. I want to say a big thank you to Thomas Randell and Simon Peace from Simon Nicolas Associates because without them I wouldn't have this role right now.
6 - What do you think makes a great temp worker?
Honesty and attitude! First and foremost, of course it helps if you work hard and take pride in your work you do. If you don't take pride in your work and faith in your own abilities, then you will never feel like you should be valued of a member of a team. I've been here many times as a labourer, always being told that you aren't worth anything! This is untrue and this is something I will always carry with me - A labourer is the 2nd most important person on site and I'll argue this with anyone! The site manger relies on the labourers to clean up, assist trades etc. but most importantly we are the people who are out every day in the rain, sun, and snow, whatever the weather we are there. We handle the deliveries, show people where to go and what to do but the best part is when someone is struggling we go and help them, the list of duties is endless.
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Posted 24th February 2017