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OUR NEWEST MEMBERS TWO MONTHS ON…

We are really pleased to have Paul and Tom as the latest members to join the Lighthouse Safety Training team as Health and Safety Advisors & Trainers

 

Paul has a background in social care and helps deliver training for both accredited and bespoke courses. He provides health and safety advice and will carry out site inspections. If you see him out on site ask him to view his incredible portfolio of artwork!

Tom has a background in construction and specifically ground works and contaminated land. Tom delivers our health and safety courses and provides H&S Advice too.

Both members have written a blog about their first months at LST…

Paul Hills

“If you would have asked me this time last year where I thought I would be, I would never in a million years have said I would be working for Lighthouse Safety Training. It was around this time last year I was sitting my NEBOSH General exam, which considering the hard work it was, working full time, and managing two children I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed. That was mainly due to Lighthouse Safety Training. From initially booking the course via Pam and Hazel, to day one meeting Harry and the other course candidates to waiting for the exam papers to hit the table, it was always calm and welcoming. Harry even joined a small group of us on the course for a drink one evening at the end of the second week. It was on this occasion that I started to realise the dedication and enthusiasm of everyone at Lighthouse to help and support others.

I have to admit I was very jealous. I thought to myself how great it must be to work there…

A year has passed and here I am.

I have to say I am still slightly in shock! But one thing I am not, is disappointed. I have joined a very welcoming and extremely supportive team. I first met the entire team at a Lighthouse social event at Sittingbourne dogs and despite being nervous decided to drive over. At first, I felt as though I was gate crashing someone else’s party, but everyone came over and chatted and really made me feel welcome and seemed genuinely interested in my background and family life. This has continued into my first couple of months working for the company where I am slowly getting to know everyone and learning the office etiquette. This friendly, encouraging manner is also present in the way my induction was managed and the pace in which I have been introduced to the role. I have a very different background to the rest of the team in Health and Social Care and Site Maintenance. A fact I thought, might hinder me. But in starting the role it soon became clear that we all have “unique” backgrounds which offer “unique” insights to situations that as a team we can pool as a valuable resource. Well hopefully I will bring something to the table!

One thing the Lighthouse team are able to do best, is bring out the best in people. I have seen it in courses and have certainly noticed an increase in my own confidence already since staring the role. I am now conducting my own site inspections and meeting a whole world of people, seeing places and helping in situations that I never would have thought of in my previous roles. I am really looking forward now and thinking of ways to better develop personally in order to add my contributions to the Lighthouse Safety Training Team.”

 

Tom Drew

“My first week started on the 6th August 2018, I was given a warm welcome by all the employees at Lighthouse. Work started quickly preparing for my role within the company as a Safety Advisor & Trainer, immediately I was shadowing a colleague teaching the SMSTS course to employees of Sir Robert McAlpine in London. To close the week I attended the Directors role within Health and Safety course, this was valuable as it showed me what aspects of Health and Safety a Director would have to adhere to.

The second week of my journey with Lighthouse started with a three day level 3 award in Education and Training at Ashford College in Kent. This course helped me acquire the knowledge and skills required to become a instructor as needed for my new role. On the Thursday of my second week I shadowed a colleague whilst they carried out a health and safety audit on a Bellway site in North Greenwich. Then on the Friday I also shadowed a colleague carry out another site audit on a site in West Kensington. By doing this it showed me what the audit process entails and helps to give me the experience and knowledge to eventually carry out the audits on my own.

The third week began with a level 3 course in Emergency First Aid at work, this gives me the skills and knowledge to carry out first aid effectively in a work environment should the occasion ever arise. The middle of the week was taken up by further shadowing of the SMSTS course with one of the days being ran at the Lighthouse offices in their brilliant facilities. To finish the week off I shadowed a colleague carrying out a site safety audit at Camden Lock for MACE.

Finally, my fourth week began on a Tuesday due to the Bank holiday and it entailed further shadowing of course and site audits with one of the audits being in Cambridge. This just shows the diversity of the work carried out by Lighthouse. Being from the North I have been to more parts of London in the last 4 weeks than I had in the previous 24 years of my life. I am eager to develop my skills in teaching and the site auditing throughout my journey with Lighthouse and look forward to being part of varying projects and meeting a whole host of different personalities on the way.”

 

If you see Paul and Tom out and about, please do say hello!

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