“Invaluable experience” – my work placement at Mobile Mini

Meet Jake Laverick, a Middlesbrough College student who joined our Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality (SHEQ) team for a week’s placement this June.

Jake is currently studying a BTEC in Construction and the Built Environment and was keen to gain an insight into how our Health and Safety team operate.  At Mobile Mini safety is our top-most priority throughout all of our operations, as Jake was able to witness first-hand when he spent a week out and about with our Health and Safety Advisor.

We caught up with Jake to find out more.

Q. How did your work placement come about?

I was keen to gain some work experience and have an interest in health and safety at work, so my college tutor contacted Mobile Mini after hearing about their excellent health and safety record. After meeting with Andy Himsworth, Mobile Mini’s Health and Safety Advisor it was arranged for me to spend a week shadowing him in his role.

Q. How did you feel before your first day with Mobile Mini?

I was slightly apprehensive, and wasn’t sure what people would think of me but everyone made me feel me more than welcome.

Q.What did you do during your placement?

I spent some time with Andy looking at risk assessments, inductions, audits and accident investigations for various jobs on site, to be carried out by different branches.

I got to visit the Middlesbrough and Immingham branches, to see how the yards operate and also had the opportunity to witness some site installations for customers, where I learned more about anticipating risks and the correct way to handle any issues.

I also had chance to attend an IOSH seminar at Teesside University where I learnt about safety related topics for the workplace.

Q. What has been the best part?

I really enjoyed seeing the units being installed for a customer on a site in Durham. I learned a great deal about how an appointed person on site should act and behave.

Q. How will the work experience help with your own personal development?

I’ve learnt so much in just a week. One key thing I have picked up from listening to Andy deal with people, is how important is it to speak informatively and politely when dealing with customers and work colleagues.

Q. Would you recommend work experience to others?

I would definitely recommend work experience to anyone. It’s been really interesting to see how a business operates within the construction industry and I have gained some invaluable experience.

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