This week I visited Coffey Construction to thank them for their support for TIGERS Modern Apprentices who were adversely effected by the recent liquidation of Carillion Plc. Following the announcement on the 15th January 2018, Coffey Construction made contact with TIGERS, through Scottish Water, to offer their support in shape of two employment opportunities on their projects, one of which David Sinclair has successfully undertaken. Following the initial discussions that took place between TIGERS and Coffey Construction, Cathal Kerrigan, Operations Manager, made it clear that his organisation were looking for young people who had a strong work ethic, great punctuality and respect for the opportunity being offered to them.
During our meeting at their project in Greenock this week, Cathal highlighted that Coffey Construction, who were founded in 1974, work in every major construction sector throughout the UK and Ireland, are in an excellent period of growth and are aspiring to build a workforce for the future. Cathal also highlighted that Coffey Construction often visit local schools to speak about their projects, which can range from large scale drainage projects to rail and road construction delivery and that they have struggled in the past to encourage young people that the sector is a great career choice, something he hopes through partnership working with TIGERS can be overcome.
David Sinclair, who was performing well at the TIGERS Construction Skills Academy when Carillion Plc fell into liquidation, is relishing his new opportunity and over the last two weeks has worked on at least three different elements of the project having been involved in concreting, kerb laying and providing support for other tradesman on site.
"I am over the moon to have been offered an opportunity at Coffey Construction. Everyone has been great. I have already been involved in great work and I am booked into take part in 2 or 3 different short courses over the coming weeks."
David Sinclair, Coffey Construction, General Operative
"David is off to a great start. His attitude to work over his first two weeks has been excellent. David is travelling from Maryhill to Greenock on public transport every day and is one of the first people through the door, which highlights his commitment to his new role - I believe he has a great future here at Coffey Construction."
Dougie McBain, Coffey Construction, Manager
Coffey Construction have built on this recent success by also offering an opportunity to TIGERS Apprentice Kieran Morrison, who started his new role with Coffey Construction on the 19th of March 2018.