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Highway construction - staff testimonials

Read about what it's like to work in highway construction.

Connor, project chargehand

I started Derbyshire County Council as an apprentice road worker, I wanted to progress myself and work towards a higher and better role, and I am now a project chargehand.

The best thing about working for Derbyshire County Council is the range of jobs I get involved in, the diversity of locations and being responsible for the quality of the job. I’ve also gained qualifications and joined their pension scheme.

I’ve been offered a range of developmental opportunities from, furthering my driving qualifications, and gaining my LGV and my own qualifications such as my apprenticeship.

The job itself, the people I work with, and the diversity of the jobs is it that makes me want to stay with Derbyshire County Council. When a job comes to completion and the work was done by me and my team, you receive a certain sense of gratitude, knowing that the job looks good.

Damien, project chargehand

I have worked at Derbyshire County Council for almost a year, I was attracted to this role by the offer of the pension scheme, the local work and potential opportunities. I also feel like I have job security.

I find the variation of work the most interesting part of my role and training courses have been made available to me.

The enjoyment of the job along with the pension scheme is what makes me want to stay at Derbyshire County Council. I also now have better working hours than with previous employers and also more local work.

Ben, apprentice road worker

I am an apprentice road worker and have been with Derbyshire County Council for 6 months, working outside and physical work is what attracted me to this role.

What I like best about this role is working outside, getting hands on, learning new skill on the job and learning different ways of doing the job from different people.

I currently attend college and other training such as, working at height course, wacker plate, Stihl saw and breaker course, health and safety course and PPE training.

My interesting role, working on tools and learning new skills is what makes me want to stay working with Derbyshire County council.

Travis, road worker driver

I started Derbyshire County Council as an apprentice road worker and am now a road worker/driver and am part of the gritting rota. I was originally attracted to the role as I wanted to learn new skills and help the community.

I like having a variety of jobs to complete throughout the week. Every job is different so you never know what you will come across throughout the day.

My colleagues are friendly and helpful. There are always opportunities to progress onto in my role, I look forward to learning new skills and knowing that the work I have completed will improve the daily commute for the residents of Derbyshire.