Site manager Chris is celebrating a decade of loyal service with us here at Premier Forecourts and Construction. His 10-year anniversary comes in the same month as his 18-year-old son, Jayden, begins his own career as an apprentice with the company.
Chris began working for us in May 2011 as a labourer and has steadily worked his way up – gaining experience and taking on increased responsibility – to his current position of site manager. Before joining us, Chris worked for construction company Phoenix Building Services as a general labourer.
Chris enjoys his job – particularly where it gives him the opportunity to travel and see different regions of the UK.
A keen fisherman, he regularly takes his rod, line and tackle with him when he travels to a new site, taking every possible opportunity to indulge his passion for this hobby, which he sees as the perfect way to relax after a hard day’s work on site.
The aspect Chris values most about working with us is the family atmosphere that prevails throughout the company.
“There is a great camaraderie with everyone who works here at Premier Forecourts and Construction. There is a real family feeling, and everyone supports one another. I’ve been through many personal ups and downs over the 10 years I’ve been at the firm, and have always felt supported, whatever the circumstance.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the company; everyone – from the top management down – has the same attitude of helping each other, and office doors are always open if you need to discuss something,” he says.
This feeling of working within a close-knit family is all the more relevant for Chris, as his own son, Jayden, has just started as an apprentice ground worker with us.
Jayden is currently studying groundworks at college one week a month, with the other three weeks spent out on site with his father at whichever location he happens to be working on at the time.
Originally studying to be a plumber, Jayden’s course was disrupted due to the first Covid lockdown, which prohibited him from completing his third year. He was, therefore, very happy when the opportunity became available for an apprenticeship placement with us.
Chris hopes that his son can follow in his footsteps and work his way up within the company as he has. He sees it as a promising career with good prospects and a bright future.
He explained: “This job is not for everyone, but if you enjoy travelling around the country, experiencing different places, and meeting different challenges, then it can be very enjoyable. We are also working at the cutting edge of new transport technology – the future is where we are! For the most part, we are currently working on installing EV chargers – predominantly in London over recent years – but increasingly around the rest of the UK.
“No one knows what changes the future has in store, but I’m sure the future of Premier Forecourts and Construction is very bright.”