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Vicky McLean, a Trainee Assistant Site Manager, gives an insight into working for Countryside.

Find out What it's Like to be a Countryside Trainee - by Vicky McLean

At Countryside, we may be house builders, but we’re a business too, and we know any success of Countryside is a result of its people. Which is why we’re dedicated to creating friendly, exciting work environments with fantastic potential for growth!

With a wide range of roles available, we look for anyone from apprentices, to graduates, to experts in their field. If you’re innovative, fast-thinking and motivated, you’d fit right in!
For an insight into what it’s like being on one of our Trainee Schemes, Vicky, our Walthamstow Trainee Assistant Site Manager, talked us through her role at Countryside:

Could you tell us what your role is on the development and which site you work on?

I work on our Marlowe Road Regeneration scheme in Walthamstow, where we have been live on site since February 2017. I am a Trainee Assistant Site Manager, currently working in support of a Materials Controller, Site Manager, Project Manager and Senior Construction Manager.

How did you find out about Countryside?

I actually found out about Countryside as I was looking to buy a house at the St Luke’s Development I then saw an opportunity on the website for Trainee Managers and was interested straightaway, I applied and here I am today!

If there’s such a thing as an ‘average day’ what does it consist of?

On a daily basis I have the following duties, but being site based, no two days are the same!

o Permits to work for our sub-contractors & inductions for new site staff
o Daily operations briefings with all of the sub-contractors in the morning to confirm works for the day
o Excavation inspections
o Site Manager’s daily checklist, walking around site, ensuring that all of the walkways are in place, checking fencing and boundaries are secure, traffic management plan in use and that site is safe for our     teams to work on
o Updating drawing registers & documents
o Managing the welfare labourer on site, ensuring that housekeeping and standards are maintained
o Helping the senior team with programme of works
o Managing the sub-contractors, ensuring they are working safely and that tasks are completed in line with build programme
o Update high risk activity boards each day with details of high risk works being carried out
o Learning! Working closely with the more senior members of the team to develop myself

Which areas have you been trained in?

I have been trained in daily site operations, how to read and understand drawings, site health and safety requirements, how to manage subcontractors and what to do when you need help! I am currently learning how to carry out quality inspections on completed works and I am preparing our presentation for the Considerate Constructors Scheme for our site. I am also working towards my NVQ & HNC in Construction and the Built Environment, alongside my daily duties, to achieve my aim to become an Assistant Site Manager.

Why do you like working for Countryside?

I wanted to work for Countryside for the opportunities they offer for progression and their dedication to my professional development. It is not very often you find a company dedicated to providing and funding further education to their teams, this is what attracted me initially. I really enjoy the culture here and I work within such a supportive and friendly team.


Vicky Mclean,
Trainee Assistant Site Manager

For more information about our apprenticeships, training schemes and current vacancies, visit our careers page. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to keep up to date with the latest opportunities.

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