We wanted to keep everyone up to date with the progress of Kyle Grigg, who we featured last May talking about life as an apprentice at SMD.
Kyle, 20, joined us as an apprentice back in 2015 and has now become a fully-fledged member of staff after completing his college work.
Developing into new roles
His role now is that of contract support for the six-person Major Works team – an all-round role involving everything from quantity surveying and drawing to valuations and construction.
“Every day here is different. I’m doing a bit of everything. It is a great learning curve to get experience in many different roles.
“I’m certainly what you would call an all-rounder and my support role enhances that factor. I am learning all the time.
Kyle studied at Bournemouth and Poole College where he undertook level 2 engineering.
He had been looking at a career in civil engineering, but always felt apprenticeships were a great introduction to the world of work and has not looked back since becoming an SMD employee.
Southampton-born Kyle, who divides his home life between Dorset village Winterborne Kingston and Ashley Cross, Poole, was first employed as a junior CAD technician and learned the ropes while also studying.
B-Tech, NVQ’s and Opportunities!
He sat a level 3 B-Tech exam and has now completed his coursework for level 3 NVQ in a distance learning set-up with specialist tutors at Stafford College, Staffordshire. He is currently awaiting the results.
He added: “Joining as an apprentice was a fantastic opportunity for me and certainly opened up the world of work. I would heartily recommend this route as an invaluable introduction while continuing your studies.”
Kyle has been on a number of site visits – including Cambridge, Bristol and the Lime Street development in Liverpool.
“I enjoy the visits. It certainly helps me realise what projects look like in reality as opposed to on the drawing board and helps me to put faces to names.
“I love the construction side and I am sort of inching towards it for my future career with SMD – that’s the beauty of working here, there are lots of job opportunities and staff are able to develop their roles to best suit their abilities.
“Experiencing all the different aspects of the company has been hugely beneficial – and our new contract team set-up has played a big part in this.
“I’ve been able to learn a great deal and I feel it is a lot better for the clients to deal with just one team throughout the life of a project rather than different departments.”
We’ll be featuring more on Kyle’s developing career – and that of other youngsters progressing through the company – in due course.
Site Visit to Station Road, Cambridge