Daniel Sherlock joined Morgan Sindall on a week’s work experience placement in September 2018, two days after leaving the forces. Just three days later and he had secured a three month contract.
A qualified carpenter and joiner, Daniel had secured his trade through an apprenticeship when he was 16 and then went on to work for a variety of contractors undertaking fit out works throughout the UK. However, when recession hit and the industry turned, Daniel looked to his passion for wanting to join the forces to become a reality:
“I’d always wanted to be in the forces and the parachute regiment appealed to me because of the scale of the challenge. The industry wasn’t good and this was the perfect moment to move.”
Daniel stayed in the Para’s for seven years, gaining various promotions to Section Commander, before looking to leave and return to the industry in a more settled and stable environment.
“I think the Para’s gives you a brilliant mindset and if you have the right mindset, then everything is achievable. I was in charge of a whole section of the platoon, so that involved missions as well as career development for the guys. The seven core values the Para’s give you are a really good cultural grounding to take forward.”
There wasn’t much time for rest between careers, as Daniel finished in the Para’s on Friday and started with Morgan Sindall on Monday. This is partly down to the fact that another contractor deal for employment had fallen away, leaving Daniel without a job. Caroline Logan from BuildForce got in touch with Senior PM Dan Morrish, and quickly sorted a week’s work experience to fill the gap. Daniel was thrown in at the deep end at Morgan Sindall’s £19m Lexden SEN School project in Essex, undertaking site risk assessments, method statements, checking quality and helping with drawing assessments. Happily, on day three, his placement was upgraded to an extendable three month contract due to his great attitude, expertise, hard work and professionalism.
” An offer I received had fallen away and so I’d paid for some safety courses. However, when Morgan Sindall got in touch, the work experience placement was too good an opportunity not to take, so I cancelled the courses and headed here. I said to Chris (MS Ops Director) that I really wanted to work for Morgan Sindall. It seemed like a great company from the outside, and having settled in so quickly, I knew it was. I’ve already been such a part of site life – it’s a good working atmosphere and the team is so professional”