We think the best people to give you the real picture of what it’s like to work at Hemlow are the people who work here already. Meet Callum, Danny, Jordan and Layo. They’re part of Hemlow Hub – our team of Hemlow people who’re on a mission to find more great people to join us.
I’ve been an engineer at Hemlow for just over a year. I work across a few sites so no two days are the same. I could be carrying out annual checks and meter readings one day, to fire alarm tests and fault finding the next.
My family background is in the building trade. Rather than bricklaying, I was interested in the technical side of things and trained as an electrician. My ambition is to get an air conditioning qualification so that I can become a specialist engineer.
I enjoy working for Hemlow because I get to know different sites and their different teams. I like managing my own work and just getting stuck in, knowing that there’s a team behind me if I need them.
I actually started out as a roofer. I loved it but I just wasn’t get any work over winter so I knew I needed to do something different. I found a job as an engineer’s assistant with a company in Watford. After three months, they asked me if I wanted to go to college and do my gas or air-con qualification. I chose air-con. That was nearly 17 years ago!
I first heard about Hemlow a few years ago. A former colleague who’d left the company we were working at to join Hemlow got in touch to say that Hemlow were looking for an air-con engineer and would I be interested. I’ve been with Hemlow just over two years now.
I come from a background of critical cooling, which can be challenging equipment to work on. It’s all commercial at Hemlow and all really nice equipment to work on so my work is really straightforward. There’s no typical day really because the work varies so much – one day I could be doing repairs, one day I could be doing servicing, one day I could be doing breakdowns.
I want to progress to senior level and take on more responsibility. With the way that Hemlow is growing, I think there’s definitely room here for me to do that. That’s the ambition.
I was undecided about what career I wanted to pursue when I left school. I’ve always been interested in business and I realised that one of the most important things about running a business is knowing how to. I knew that getting into accounting – looking at the numbers’ side of a business – would be really useful for me.
I’m based in the Sevenoaks office. A typical day for me means getting in, checking my emails and then putting supplier invoices on the system before sending them off for approval. Then I typically have some more emails to deal with then spend time processing invoices. I’ve learnt that the most important thing is being able to identify and deal with any errors early on before they escalate into something bigger. I‘m also learning how to manage suppliers that contact us for queries. It can be challenging at times but I’m learning all the time.
I’m still learning. My ambition is to get Charted Accountant status. I’m getting so much more training than I thought I would. Everything that Hemlow said that I’d get at my interview has actually happened. They stick to their word. If a meeting is supposed to happen at certain time it will happen at that time. I really respect that.
I come from a family of engineers and I always knew I wanted to get into that profession. When I left school, I started looking around for engineering apprenticeships. I happened to know someone at Hemlow who put my CV forward. I went for the interview and got offered an apprenticeship. Ten years later, I’m still here.
I spent my apprenticeship working at UK House, which was one of Hemlow’s biggest accounts at the time. I worked alongside a lead engineer and a more experienced apprentice so got plenty of support. It was actually really useful being on a resident site as it meant that you got the odd hour or so of down time. If I had any questions, the guys could take the time to talk me through it.
After four years, I completed my apprenticeship and I’ve been promoted every year since. I’m now lead engineer at The Bower, one of Hemlow’s flagship accounts, and have a recently qualified improver engineer reporting to me. It’s like I’ve come full circle. My ambition is to progress to director level at Hemlow and I feel confident that I’ll get there.