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Football-mad Gerry lays out his goals

2nd March 2021

IT’S Day Two of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021, and Procast are delighted to continue to share stories of our employees who are currently in training or education.

Today, it’s the turn of …

Gerry Bonham

Age

35

 

Tell us a fun fact about you.

People frequently call me “John”, after the late Led Zeppelin drummer.

 

What course are you doing?

HNC in Construction Management – South Lanarkshire College

 

Do you enjoy earning while learning?

Yes, I do enjoy it and have met some incredible people because it has probably helped my career in such a short space of time already. But it has been hard to attend evening classes twice a week for two years, as I have a young family at home and had to make the choice to give up my junior football career. Once I made the choice and started the journey, I knew it was the right thing to do for myself and my family. The benefits outweigh the challenges and thinking ahead to the future makes me more determined.

 

Why did you choose this course?

I have progressed from a being an apprentice joiner, to joiner, to Site Supervisor and now to Site Manager, so I chose this course to support my progression in my career and develop a deeper understanding of Construction Management.

 

Do you have a good network of support at work to ensure you reach your full potential?

In my short time at Procast, I have been given full support from my senior management team – both in terms of my site work and my evening college classes.

 

What are your long-term career aspirations?

So far, I have enjoyed my introduction into the senior management team and see how they work. Ultimately, my goal is to further progress as far as I possibly can to continue gaining knowledge and experience, which, in turn, I would eventually use to enhance other team members

 

Is there anything else we can support you with?

I have been fully supported at Procast I have developed relationships in which I have the confidence to ask for support if I require more in the future.

 

The theme of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which runs from March 1 to 5, is “Business Backing Talent”, and we hope to inspire others by putting the spotlight on the achievements and experiences of our staff and demonstrating the benefits of our organisation supporting them.

Coinciding with Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the Build Your Future initiative, which provides a suite of virtual resources to help people develop their careers in the built environment and to drive the Scottish government’s Develop the Young Workforce  strategy to reduce youth unemployment by 40 per cent.

As dynamic and progressive employers, Procast know that it has never been more important to show our support for apprenticeships and traineeships, and, like many other businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed new and safe ways to recruit staff in our commitment to backing talent.

Needless to say, the Scottish government and Skills Development Scotland are fully behind all the channels being deployed to show the benefits of employing apprentices and supporting other employees in career development via training and education.

Build Your Future is also being used to raise the profile of International Women’s Day on March 8.

As Scottish Apprenticeship Week is the time for all those in Scotland benefiting from apprenticeships to join together and share their stories to encourage others to get involved, we are delighted to showcase the talent we are nurturing.

 

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