Meet our Homegrown Hero, Jack

28 May 24

Jack Gale

For our next edition of our Homegrown Heroes series, we spoke to Jack, an Area Repairs Supervisor at Plymouth Community Homes (PCH).

After leaving school, Jack began working with his dad carrying out general building work and after experiencing the building industry, he made the decision to start a plastering apprenticeship with his brother.

A few years later, Jack applied for a Window Fitting Apprenticeship within PCH Manufacturing and was successful upon interview where he completed his Level 2 Apprenticeship. When PCH Manufacturing closed in 2020, Jack wanted to remain an employee of PCH, so took the decision to apply for a Carpentry Level 2 Apprenticeship within our Repairs team which then led to him securing a permanent role as a Multi-Trade Operative.

PCH were contacted by Skills Group to share the news of free funding for a Carpentry NVQ Level 3 qualification, which Jack put himself forward for and completed.

Following on from his abundance of training and experience within different areas of our Repairs department, and his permanent position at PCH, Jack was recently successful in securing an Area Repairs Supervisor Secondment position within the organisation.

Jack is delighted to have secured the secondment position, and is pleased about how far he has progressed his career at the age of 27.

Jack said: “I am so pleased to have secured my secondment as an Area Repairs Supervisor and I never thought I would achieve this at this age. I spent a long time in tools getting experience before getting to where I am today, but every single second was worth it.

“I am so glad to be recognised for my efforts, and I feel proud to work for and represent a large company to support residents living in our city.

“Our HR team have been amazing, always supporting and encouraging me to succeed. I am excited to continue with my secondment, and hopefully this will steer me in the right direction to securing a permanent position of this level in the future.” 

Andy Lamerton, Area Repair Supervisor, and Jack’s previous line manager said: “Jack joined me when manufacturing closed, he applied for a carpentry apprenticeship and was successful.

“He had already completed two other apprenticeships one with manufacturing but was keen to be a carpenter. Jack has worked hard and applied himself really well, always polite and willing to assist where required.

“On completion of his apprenticeship, he started as a full-time carpenter still studying to gain management experience which has now paid off with successfully gaining the secondment position of minor works supervisor.

“I am sure Jack will continue to flourish in this role. The future is bright!”

Andy Withey, Repairs Manager, said: “Jack has recently started in the role of temporary repairs supervisor in the minor works team. He is quickly adapting to the position; he is a keen to learn at a fast pace and has a dedication to do well. Jack has an excellent work ethic and I’m sure he will go from strength to strength with our team and within PCH as a whole.”

Jack also won a ‘Listen’ award in our latest round of Staff Awards.

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