Joe Kearney is the latest staff member to take part in our Q&A and he talks about working in a new role alongside Multiplex on the University of Glasgow’s regeneration project.
NAME: Joseph Kearney
JOB TITLE: Induction Officer, Glasgow
Tell us a little about yourself? Did you attend high school and college?
I was born and raised in Glasgow. I am married with two children and blessed with five grandchildren. I still live in Glasgow although throughout my working life I have lived and worked in cities such as London, Paris and Aberdeen. I am a long-term season ticket holder at Partick Thistle having been brought-up around a mile away from the stadium. Apart from football, I have no real passions to speak of but I enjoy DIY and the occasional motorbike outing.
Did you have any problem with barriers to education or getting into work before joining GTS?
The short answer is no, having attained a higher education before I began work.
How did you hear about GTS Solutions?
I was speaking with a friend about looking for a job and he directed me to a recruitment website – the rest, as they say, is history. I started off as a security guard, progressed to a supervisor position and now I’m an induction officer working alongside Multiplex at the University of Glasgow’s regeneration project.
What made you apply for a job?
After applying on-line, I received a call from Tracey Smith (Operations Director) and it became clear during the discussion that GTS Solutions CIC would be a good opportunity for me together with the amount of working hours on offer.
What is the best thing about your new role?
I would say variety. No two days are rarely the same, more-so due to the COVID-19 impact and the changes to the site and working practices. Things on site have changed a lot due to the pandemic and my focus is on ensuring people have safe access to work by following all the Scottish Government guidelines. It’s a new role for GTS Solutions and one I’m really enjoying.
What is the toughest part?
Remembering to follow the one-way system in the welfare compound! Seriously, my new role involves the use of several on-line technology systems to validate and verify workers’ identities and skills competency. This can be a challenge when the induction slots are fully booked.
If it wasn’t for GTS Solutions, what do you think you would be doing?
I have been involved in the energy market for over 30 years and would still be involved (in whatever shape or form) on a full-time or freelance basis. However, the impact of If COVID-19 seriously affected this market so I am grateful for the opportunity to work at GTS.
What is your ambition?
No real future ambition other than enjoying a healthy life to the full and helping my family to do the same.
Where would you like to be in 5/10 years’ time?
Sitting at a street café in Sorrento drinking coffee, watching the world go by and not thinking about getting up early for my day shift!
Would you recommend GTS Solutions’ training programmes?
Absolutely. On-line training opportunities that bring new knowledge and skills can only enhance someone’s chances of role progression in any business. Sometimes, it’s ‘what you know’ rather than ‘who you know’ that really matters.