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To celebrate Tomorrow's Engineers Week, we caught up with one of our apprentices, Joe Maynard, to find out how he’s getting on.

Joe joined Magna as an apprentice in June 2018, with little work experience or knowledge of housing in general, but a keen interest in the built environment.

Joe said: “I’ve always been interested in the construction of buildings. I want to become a chartered surveyor in order to develop the skills and behaviours necessary to have a positive impact on the built environment and the homes we live in.”

Next summer, Joe will be completing his Level 3 Building Surveying Technician Diploma with the University College of Estate Management and will be submitting an application to become an associate member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) shortly after.

Joe said: “The apprenticeship has given me a platform to learn and develop my skills and, more importantly, build the foundations for a challenging and rewarding career.

“The main functions of my role are to carry out stock condition surveys and assist with the creation and delivery of major works programmes. I have been involved in some complex projects including; garage site demolitions, footpath resurfacing, secondary glazing installation, fire safety upgrades, drainage and ground works, and wheelchair adaptations.”

Training and development is important at Magna Housing, with staff across the company taking regular training courses to improve their skills and knowledge.

Joe said: “I have received various training for my professional development through Magna, including; The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), Roofing Training, Legionella Training, Asbestos P402 Qualification and I have attended the National Housing Maintenance Forum (NHMF) in Birmingham.

“In addition to my main role with the asset management team, I have also completed a six month secondment with our development team to assist with the delivery of new factory built homes using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) which is really exciting to be part of.”

Suzanne Muncaster, Head of HR at Magna, said: “Magna is a company where talented and ambitious people enjoy rewarding and fulfilling careers in an inspiration environment. We pride ourselves on providing training and development for all of our teams and to develop careers within Magna.”

For more information about the careers (including apprenticeships and work placements) available at Magna, visit: https://www.magna.org.uk/job-vacancies/  

More info on Tomorrow's Engineers can be found here: https://tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/tomorrows-engineers-week-2019/

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