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We provide a series of placements across the business, assisted by a mentoring programme and suitable training to allow graduates to flourish and find their feet in the housebuilding industry. Here, Liam d’Unienville, a graduate who has just celebrated his one-year anniversary at Countryside, gives an insight into life is like on the programme.
One of the most appealing things about the Countryside Graduate Scheme for me was the flexibility on offer to experience each of the different departments on a cycle of four rotations. This helped enormously as going in to the job, I wasn’t 100% sure on what side of housebuilding or construction I wanted to go into. I am currently working in the construction team at Acton Gardens, which is where my previous experience lay.
I did my degree in Civil Engineering, which was a four-year integrated Masters at the University of Nottingham and whilst there I completed two work placements. One was construction based and the other was with a company that specialised in steel structure and structural framing. I also gained experience through my family, as both my dad and uncle are architects and have taken me on site visits during most of my life.
The reason I wanted to pursue a career in housebuilding was because, especially at Countryside, I like the idea of creating a community for people. As is widely publicised, there is a huge demand for homes and I being part of a company that provides housing for people of all walks of life and that makes me feel like I’m making a difference!
My days are very dynamic and it’s very rare to have similar duties each day. I start quite early, arriving on site around half past seven. Normally I assist with site inspections prior to inductions for any new visitors we have to the site. When reports are produced, it is my job to review the actions by going out on site checking things and updating the highlighted points. I liaise with people onsite to make sure they haven’t got any issues and I get involved with just about everything!
During my time at Countryside I have worked on four different projects at Acton Gardens. My current project is my favourite to date, especially as the team are very helpful and are always willing to listen to my questions and give their best advice. As time goes on I am getting more and more responsibility, which hopefully means I am doing a good job! I’m feeling less like a graduate and more like a valued member of the team.
I have had such a brilliant experience with Countryside, which despite the growth of the company, has maintained its family feel. Everyone likes to work together to get things done. The open-door office policy is great, especially if you’ve got a problem as you can always ask a manager for assistance. I’d like to be here for a long time and have already set out my five-year plan to ensure I know what I need to achieve, to get to where I want to be!
If you or someone you know would be the perfect candidate for our Graduate Scheme, please see our Graduates & Apprentices page for more information.
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