Sarah Martin continues along her property career path by combining her own hard work and ambition with the right learning and work experience, provided by Glasgow-based Geason Training.
The low representation of women in construction, particularly in onsite roles, is well known, but that didn’t stop Sarah aiming for success in this industry. Having worked as a cleaner with Interserve, she quickly decided she wanted to take her career forward, joining the team shadowing the building services engineer so that she could learn about and understand more of what the role involved.
Following that, Sarah was put on an apprenticeship with ILE where she studied a Level 2 apprenticeship for property maintenance officer, provided by Geason Training. The company designs and delivers its own wide variety of apprenticeship programmes across the UK, ranging from Level 2 through to degree level. Describing its work as “construction people who train and develop construction people”, Geason offers learning in many different skills, from the well-known such as bricklaying, plastering and carpentry to property management, site supervision and civil engineering.
Sarah was on the programme for 12 months, where she demonstrated her excellent commitment to the deadlines, regularly completing work above and beyond that expected of the average learner on the course. She recently completed her End Point Assessment achieving an outstanding ‘Distinction’ grade thanks to the hard work and dedication she had delivered.
Now looking to build on her success and move her career on by becoming a fully trained electrician, Sarah says: “Apprenticeships are great! They give you a good insight into everything and helped me choose what I wanted to do in my career. And my Geason Training tutor Dean Price was brilliant – so helpful!”
The company, established in 2005, has helped thousands of people gain the qualifications to help their career progression, finding themselves now the “chosen training provider” for some of the sector’s largest contractors, with well over 350 clients. Barratt Homes, Bellway, Countryside and Morgan Sindall are among its current portfolio in the housebuilding and construction sector.