I studied for a BTEC, ONC and HNC at the Bolton Institute of Higher Education, but I have also studied many industry specific training courses, such as confined space entry, contract law and appointed persons for lifting operations. 

A highlight of my job is when we complete a contract to the satisfaction of our customers and all the people who’ve worked on it go home safe and happy.

Based Lancashire
Employer A.E. Yates Trenchless Solutions Ltd

What company do you work for and what do they do?

The company is called A.E. Yates Trenchless Solutions Ltd, and we offer virtually any type of solution to a client who needs to put a pipe or duct under an obstruction. We do this by the vast range of specialist equipment we have. We aim to offer the correct technical trenchless solution which is environmentally sustainable and at the most cost effective price, so it is then the correct solution for the situation in terms of value and structure. 

You’ll meet the best people and work in fantastic places you’d not see otherwise.

David Atkinson

Director

Describe your role in more detail.

As a member of the board of directors my daily work is extremely varied. My work includes attending meetings, site visits, liaison with other companies and departments in our group.

Planning and programming forms a large part of my work; this ensures that all the right resources are allocated to contracts in order to meet our targets and the expectations of our customers.


What do you love about your job?

I love the varied nature of the works we do, as the UK offers a lot of challenges to install pipes in a wide range of soil and rock types using the best equipment available. The pipes that we install pass below some really important assets like our road, rail and river network.

A highlight of my job is when we complete a contract to the satisfaction of our customers and all the people who’ve worked on it go home safe and happy.


Where do you see your career progressing?

I’m really keen to improve the trenchless business by continuous improvement which will be achieved by developing new and existing systems to install the full range of underground pipes required by the construction industry.


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

Just do it, you’ll never be short of a challenge in this industry! You’ll meet the best people and work in fantastic places you’d not see otherwise. Satisfaction is guaranteed as you’ll make our country a better place and leave a positive legacy for future generations. There’s a vast range of careers to choose from in construction – the choices I’ve been presented with throughout my career I’ve been happy with and I expect that anyone entering the construction industry will encounter the same opportunities and have a successful, secure and prosperous career.