Name: Sian Bridge
Job title: Community Engagement Coordinator
Time at Jehu: I officially started in this role in July 2016. However, Jehu helped me get into the industry a number of years ago. After College, I did some unpaid work experience on one of their sites in Barry and they were kind enough to recommend me to one of their sub-contractors, Jones & Ryle, who took me on as a carpentry apprentice.
What do you do in your role?
I work on a site by site basis acting as the main liaison point for the local community in which we’re operating. Jehu recognises that community engagement is key to a successful project. We work hard to ensure the local community is involved in and understands the construction process.
At the moment I’m working on a site in Rhydyfelin for our client Trivallis (formerly RCT Homes) providing information and discussions to local residents and businesses. In this project we are building 32 apartments for older people in the area, as well as a self-contained library.
As part of my role, I have engaged with local schools to offer visits, relevant experiences and projects. For example, students from Hawthorn Comprehensive School designed the site hoarding. I have organised site visits for university and college students studying construction, local cub and scout groups, and unemployed groups.
I have helped those interested in applying for the flats with application forms and spent time with and created social connections for those older people who have expressed loneliness that will last long after Jehu has completed the scheme.
How has Jehu supported you?
I am very grateful to Jehu for recognising my potential in the early days and helping me secure my apprenticeship with Jones & Ryle.
As a single mum, they are extremely supportive of my situation offering me flexible working.
They have also encouraged me and listened to me when I’ve suggested training that would benefit my job. I’ve undertaken first aid training and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and they are always open to new suggestions.
What do you love about working for Jehu?
Most definitely the camaraderie, particularly on site. There is a great bunch of people working at Jehu. I also really appreciate the openness of communication and the support you’re given to flourish in your individual role.
What’s your proudest achievement?
All of our sites are visited regularly by the Considerate Constructors Scheme. They look at everything on site from recycling, to staff welfare and community engagement. I was extremely proud that our site in Rhydyfelin scored so highly on its first inspection. We scored 45 out of 50 and the community work which I had been a part of was particularly commended.
What’s your best quality?
Probably my passion for the role and my passion for always achieving the best.
One of Jehu’s values is ‘sustainability’, what does it mean to you?
My role is all about leaving a long term, positive legacy in the community long after Jehu has left site. It’s all about sustainability, whether it is the local community thinking positively about construction, creating social connections for the over 65s or giving the next generation an insight into what it is like to work in construction.