If you want to know what it's like to work at VolkerWessels UK, who better to ask than someone who already works here?
Steve works for VolkerHighways as an area surveyor for the North London Contracts offering support and advise to teams working in the area. In 2002, Steve first joined Fitzpatrick Contractors Ltd, one of the founding companies of VolkerWessels UK, as a Storeman. Within 10 years, Steve quickly progressed to measurement engineer, trainee quantity surveyor and then to assistant project quantity surveyor for the VolkerHighways Enfield Term Maintenance Contract before settling in his current position.
"VolkerWessels UK are an excellent organisation to work for. Since I transferred over to them in 2002 I have been given training opportunities to allow me to develop a career that I both enjoy and am proud of.
"I stumbled into highways maintenance by accident. Being 44 years old now and beginning along this path only 11 years ago, I felt like the oldest trainee in the land. I don't imagine that many organisations would have given me the opportunities that VolkerHighways did. I am very grateful for being given such a great opportunity to progress."
Helena graduated from Edinburgh University in 2009 with a Master's degree in Civil Engineering with Construction Management. She joined VolkerFitzpatrick in 2010 and has since worked on the East Kent Access project where she is responsible for ‘setting out', planning and managing works. This includes speaking to suppliers, ordering materials and resolving problems on site. Here she also worked with ecology, existing service diversions, drainage installation, landscaping and most recently on a prestigious jacked box underpass, the longest of its type in the world. Helena is also on the VolkerFitzpatrick graduate programme and studying towards becoming a chartered engineer.
"I decided to join VolkerFitzpatrick because of the wide range of expertise and interesting projects. They value their staff and have a great graduate training scheme. I can say that every day is different and time certainly doesn't drag!"
Head of HSEQS (Health, Safety, Environment, Quality & Sustainability) at VolkerWessels UK
Adrian started his career with us as environmental and quality manager for VolkerFitzpatrick in 2006. He was then promoted to senior environmental and quality manager and later took on his current role of head of HSEQS for VolkerWessels UK during its restructuring in November 2008. Adrian sees oversight of health, safety, environment, quality and sustainability and our commitment to the corporate responsibility programme.
"I have had the opportunity to study and develop throughout my time here and have attended many vocational training courses such as the VolkerWessels UK academy management training programme and most recently completed my level six diploma in occupational health and safety. Wherever possible the organisation aims to develop its own people and I have seen many HSEQS professionals come from different backgrounds and experience within our operating companies.
"I am proud to be part of a company who focuses on the development needs of its employees as well as empowering people to drive improvement and contribute to the overall wellbeing of our organisation. "
Assistant Accountant at VolkerWessels UK
Kelly's first role with us was as an interim Accounts Payable clerk in November 2011, after two months she was then given the opportunity to take this role on permanently and a year months later promoted to Assistant Accountant. In her current role Kelly looks after cost allocation and financial and management accounts within VolkerHighways.
"During my time here I have been given opportunities to continually develop in my chosen career and am currently being supported through the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants professional accountancy training. As the company is continually developing and moving forward, I have been given the opportunity to work on some fantastic projects which have given me exposure to some in depth experiences of accounting processes and working with high profile suppliers.
"Working as an accounts assistant has been a career goal for me for some time and VolkerWessels UK has helped me in every way possible to achieve that goal. I am so grateful for the help and support I receive from the people in my team, with tips, advice and flexible study leave"
Third line IT support technician at VolkerWessels UK
Alex first started his career here with us in 2006 as a first line support technician in IT at VolkerFitzpatrick. He has since been promoted to second line support technician at VolkerWessels UK and even more recently promoted to third line support technician. Alex's role sees him dealing with advanced day to day problems as well as undertaking server hardware and software implementations and investigative project work.
"I have worked for the company for over 6 years and it is a great place to work. Throughout my time in the company I have always been fully supported in my career development which has allowed me to develop on both a personal and professional level. The management are very approachable and always willing to discuss what steps can be taken to me improve my skills and progress in my career. I have been given the financial backing to attend numerous training courses and take various exams which in turn has allowed me to gain numerous professional qualifications in ICT."