Name: Chris Wood
Job title: Assistant Site Manager
Time at Jehu:
I’ve been working for Jehu for 12 years. I started as a part-time labourer when I was 16. I was then offered a full-time position and I’ve since worked my way up through the ranks.
What do you do in your role?
I’m the number two on site, working with our site manager. I focus on the quality on site and make sure everyone is doing their job from the collaborative plan. I am responsible for overseeing the QA procedure on site, working with our sub-contractors to check that everything is completed to a high standard before the next trade starts.
How has Jehu supported you?
Jehu has been great. From when I started as an apprentice to where I am now, they’ve really supported my development. I’ve done lots of courses to develop my skills, including a Banksman slinger course, an appointed person course, and a BTEC level 3 in construction and the built environment, to name just a few.
They’ve really encouraged me to develop my skills and while I’m studying they are great as I’m allowed day release for college.
I’ve also learnt lots of knowledge from the guys on site. My dad is actually a senior site manager at Jehu, so I’ve learnt a lot from him. I’ve seen how good my dad is at his job and how well he is respected and that has made me strive for more.
Because there is a culture of development and progression, it’s meant that my aspirations are higher. In the next few years, I’m keen to progress to site manager and eventually senior site manager and I know this is achievable if I work hard and gain more experience.
What do you love about working at Jehu?
Definitely the people. There’s a great camaraderie across the team. Everyone from the directors to the site managers and office staff are really friendly and approachable.
It’s a family business and that makes it different from many.
I also like the variety of the work. I’ve worked on medical centres, offices, housing developments, retail centres and schools. It’s great to have that diversity.
What’s your proudest achievement?
Probably winning ‘Learner of the Year’ award. I was presented this prize from René Jehu, the Chairman. That was pretty special. I started as a labourer and I’m on my way to becoming a site manager. It goes to show that with the right people around you, the right support and the right attitude, anything is possible.
What’s your best quality?
I like to think I’m easy to get on with and approachable. I hope that people feel at ease when they’re talking to me. That’s really important on site as it’s such a team effort. If our sub-contractors have any issues, they know they can come to me. Because I started out as a labourer, I’ve seen all sides of the story which I think has earned me a lot of respect.
One of Jehu’s values is ‘quality’ what does it mean to you?
I’m responsible for the quality on site and I spend a lot of time checking the QA procedure with our trades. We don’t want to be patching up later on down the line, so it’s really important to get the quality right from the offset. If we’ve got a good quality product, our clients are happy, which leads to repeat business going forward.