Not many young football fans get to spend time at the club they love after the full-time whistle has gone, but that’s exactly what happened to Fynlay. He was lucky enough to land a work experience placement, not only in the construction industry, but also at his beloved Kilmarnock Football Club! Fynlay was kind enough to document everything about the experience for Worksmart Contracts…
Being a Kilmarnock Football Club fan and knowing Worksmart Contracts, I decided to make contact to see if there was a possibility of an extended schools’ placement. I felt this would be the perfect way to gain experience in the construction industry between completing my fourth-year exams and returning to do my Highers after the summer.
I was invited to attend an interview in Worksmart’s Kilmarnock office and was made very comfortable by everyone I met. I was asked to go through my CV, tell them about myself and what I was doing both in and out of school.
Fortunately, my previous placement experience with James Guthrie, a local solicitor in Kilmarnock, gave me a lot to talk about. Coincidentally, both Worksmart and James Guthrie have been sponsors of my football team, Hurlford, over the last few seasons.
The interview was good and I felt at ease as I have previously done mock interviews and talks with Worksmart at my school. These exercises are designed to help prepare young people for these exact types of situations, and I’m pleased to report it made a big difference!
Killie’s New Summer Signing!
I was lucky enough to secure a four-week contract, which included some great perks, decent rates and holiday pay! I had done some work in construction before but nothing like what I was going to be getting into this time.
I had my HR Induction in the office then taken to site with all my brand-new PPE kit ready to work. After meeting the Management Team, I was taken to another induction and met with all the on-site people. Everyone looked after me and made me look at safety and lifting etc. All the joiners, electricians, plumbers, painters, ventilation teams, flooring, and so many more trades were all great with me. It was amazing to see so many different trades doing their thing on a project.
As much as I was enjoying the work and the team, my favourite thing every day was seeing the Killie team and meeting the new Killie Manager. The Kilmarnock Football Club board would even say hello and ask how I was getting on! It was brilliant, and all because I was part of a large team ripping out and fitting out the lounges and facilities for Kilmarnock Football Club.
One of my friends also secured a work placement for a week, so it was great for us to be working together on site with the teams.
Back to School
Now that I have finished my work placement and I’m back at school, I can look back and be proud of having been a part something special at my favourite Club. Everyone I have spoken to absolutely loves the new facilities. The entire Worksmart team has done an incredible job.
I am also really proud to say that while I was working, I saved my wages and bought my junior season ticket as well as the new Killie top. It’s great knowing that my first wage went on something special… oh, and I also got a wee surprise for my maw and paw, just to keep them on my side!
I loved working in Construction and I’m now thinking that once I get my grades and make it to Law School, I can study Construction Law… or better yet play for Killie!
Thanks to everyone at Worksmart and all the subbies for letting me help them.