What attracted you to KWL and how long have you been here?
I was transferred over to KWL from Hull City Services in 2007, so I’ve been working for KWL since the start. Most of my old colleagues were also transferred over to KWL, so it wasn’t hard to keep together the team spirit that has been built up over the years.
How is it going so far? Are there any differences with your previous job?
I’m currently helping out with the delivery of the long term empty property programme. This involves supervising the work needed to bring houses and flats back to a high standard. Compared to my previous job, this requires a whole different set of skills. It’s a steep learning curve but the challenges make the work enjoyable.
What does your job entail and how does this involve other KWL staff members?
Working closely with other KWL employees is an important part of my job. This can involve anything from issuing work to joiners to co-ordinating work between different departments on issues such as re-wiring and central heating.
My experience of working with different department and individuals within KWL has always shown me that there’s a real sense of teamwork, supported by highly skilled people, who are happy to help.
What inspires you?
I’d have to say that it’s easy to become inspired by the passion for the work that is shown by the workforce.
What projects are you currently working on? Is there a project that has exceeded your expectations recently?
I’m currently working on the long term voids programme. This involves returning empty properties, some of which have been empty for 10 years, back to the high standards that we provide and the client expects. I find this type of work really satisfying. Most properties are in a worn condition, but after a lot of hard work the quality and commitment of all the staff involved produces a high quality lettable home.
The company has been successful in supporting individuals at KWL from starting as apprentices and developing into full time employment – what is your story?
After leaving school I came straight into working for the council’s apprentice training scheme as a bricklayer apprentice. I received good support at this time and wasn’t surprised when this support was carried on by KWL providing training and helping me complete a HNC in construction. All of the skills and training that I’ve been encouraged to work towards have proven to be very valuable when working on different projects.
What advice would you give to anyone interested in working for KWL?
If you’re the type of person who thrives in a challenging but rewarding environment, then it’s the dream job. You’ll become part of a talented, passionate team of people committed to providing the best service to customers and the public. Training and personal development have always been important to me, and in my experience, just as important to KWL.
What do you enjoy most about working at KWL?
It has to be the sense of team work that exists across all different departments within KWL. It’s important for me to get on with people who I work with and I’ve found that any problems or issues that arise are dealt with by everyone. This makes you proud to be part of a team that involves not only colleagues but people who you class as friends.