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Apprentice Site Manager, Alisha Joiner

Apprenticeships at Interserve
26th September 2019

Alisha Joiner, Apprentice Site ManagerAlisha Joiner, Apprentice Site Manager

While studying her GCSEs and A Levels, Alisha Joiner, 21, completed her work experience within the construction industry with stints at LSN Architects in Newton Abbot – where she lives - Interserve Construction and finally with WSP in Exeter.


At school Alisha attended several open door events with different construction companies which gave her the opportunity to speak to the site teams and understand where they began their own journeys within the construction industry. This gave Alisha an insight into which area of construction she wanted to focus on.

“I chose to work within the construction industry due to it not being your average job. Every day is different,” says Alisha. “I enjoy the diversity construction brings, learning and developing my knowledge and skill set. My thoughts as I was completing my A Levels were to go directly to university, but after my work experience and the open days I felt that it would be more beneficial for me to gain my qualifications through working directly with a company.

“With Interserve this would enable me to expand my life experiences getting to know how to deal with other professionals and putting theory straight into practice. “

Following the completion of her A Levels, Alisha joined Interserve as a Level 3 Technical Apprentice where she became a member of a site team working on the new Critical Care Unit at Torbay Hospital. Alisha joined the team half way through the project and shadowed them being shown the daily routines of each member, including Project Manager, Site Manager and the Quantity Surveyor, on a daily basis.

“This gave me an insight of what the site team do, and an understanding of the tasks and skills required, I really enjoyed my time on this project,” says Alisha. “The second job I was sent to was for East Devon District Council involving the refurbishment of their offices which I experienced the job from the beginning.

“This gave me a more of a productive role and I was given responsibility for a number of elements including doors and ironmongery, safety on site, site tours for the client and subcontractor checking. I became more confident and developed my knowledge which made my experience more enjoyable and satisfying and it confirmed to me that this is the career path that I want to take.”

Since then Alisha has worked on the construction of psychiatric intensive-care unit and completed an Electronics and Photonics Innovation Centre new build which has further developed her knowledge and skill in developing further into her role working closely with sub-contractors in quality and management of daily activities.

Alisha says: “Overall, I am fairly new to the construction industry, but from what I am experiencing now, has given me a more enthusiastic outlook and a determination strive and succeed in today’s industry. I am lucky to work with great professionals that are keen to help me develop a successful career and to gain new knowledge to achieve this.”


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