We check in with the Workman Graduate Scheme joiners two weeks into their training, to find out how they’re getting on…
Having taken part in a social call for all 20 graduate joiners during their first week, the new arrivals were delighted to meet their colleagues, albeit remotely, and are looking forward to a time when they can get together in person to compare their experiences and swap stories.
In the meantime, despite the unusual circumstances, our Workman graduates have begun their training over the past two weeks. Working predominantly online from their homes, with daily support from their line managers and via the Workman buddy system, we are proud that our new graduates have shown a huge degree of resilience, diligence and flexibility.
In some cases, they have even been able to overcome the current situation to gain on-site experience, as Sulaiman Arshad, Assistant Building Surveyor, explains: “My start at Workman has been great. It’s been very busy from day one, and I’ve had some real practical experience onsite, which I didn’t expect to happen so soon, given the current coronavirus situation we face. It’s been really exciting; just today myself and another graduate were 90 ft in the air on a cherry picker inspecting building roofs at Manchester Airport. I’m extremely optimistic for what the future holds for me at Workman.”
Although mostly unable to meet or attend sites in person, graduates have been touring properties online, under the guidance of their line managers.
Maisie Hammond, Assistant Management Surveyor, said: “I feel really fortunate to be starting this role and benefitting from the training and support. My line manager has been so supportive, we have a call every morning when she helps organise my tasks for the day, and then I’m able to call her at any point via Teams to ask any questions. With Teams and all the other resources available online, we are very well-placed to learn.”
Jeremy Currell, Management Surveyor, who joined the Workman Graduate Scheme after some experience in property management with another company, said: “I was already working for a much smaller property management firm, but with Workman the APC support is much more comprehensive. I feel really fortunate to be able to take a step forward in my career, especially during this difficult time.”
Gregory Blanchard, Assistant Management Surveyor, said: “I can contact colleagues at the drop of a hat, so it’s very reassuring to know that all the support is there. We’re making the best of a bad situation, so I do feel very lucky to be starting the role during these times. I’m looking forward to progressing through the training.”
Good luck to our 2021 Graduate Scheme joiners – we’re looking forward to hearing more about their progress in a few months’ time.