After I had completed my GCSEs, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, so I decided to stay on at the same school and complete my A-levels.

Once I had completed those, I came to the conclusion that university wasn’t really for me, and at that point I hadn’t managed to secure an apprenticeship, so I enrolled at my local college as a full time Joinery & Carpentry student. After I had got my qualifications I started working on different sites across the UK, which led me to work on site on the Channel Islands and in Europe. Alongside working full time, I was also studying in the evening and online to get my NEBOSH Health & Safety qualification. I got my NEBOSH General in 2010, my NEBOSH Construction in 2011 and most recently this year I got my NEBOSH Fire Management qualification. 

Every day you learn something new and there are more careers than you would ever imagine.

Based Nottingham
Employer Clegg Group

Tell us a bit more about what you do and who you work for.

I work for Clegg Group, who is responsible for Clegg Construction and Clegg Food Projects, both of which are Principal/Main Contractors. Clegg Construction generally builds schools, hotels, hospitals and retail units, whereas the focus for Clegg Food Projects is industrial buildings, factories and food production facilities.

My role as a HSEQ (Health, Safety, Environmental & Quality) Advisor is to reduce the chance of people getting hurt on building sites and also ensuring that the company and employees adhere to regulations and legislation within the office and across the construction sites. 

I always feel a great sense of achievement when I get home from a day’s work and I know that no incidents or near misses have occurred!

Dan Ellis

HSEQ Advisor

What do you love about your job?

I really do love my job, so I can’t single out one thing in particular, but if I had to, the fact that no two days are ever the same keeps the job interesting.

I always feel a great sense of achievement when I get home from a day’s work and I know that no incidents or near misses have occurred!


Where do you want your career to take you?

With my qualifications, experiences across construction sites in the UK and Europe and my love for the job means that I am on the right career path. I’ll always be involved in Health and Safety in some way, so a Health & Safety Manager role is what I’m currently aiming for.


What would you say to someone thinking about a career in construction?

Go for it! Every day you learn something new and there are more careers than you would ever imagine.

I didn’t go to University to achieve my qualifications as it didn’t suit me, I used my experiences of working in many different areas of construction as a joiner, which lead me into this career and I have never looked back. There is a career in Construction for anyone, sometimes you just don’t realise it!