J Tomlinson Ltd

Operating for over 60 years, J Tomlinson specialise in delivering tailored construction, maintenance and refurbishment services to both private and public sector clients across the Midlands, Yorkshire, North East, North West and Central/Southern England.

Sector : Construction & Architecture

Where is your business based?

Our head office is located in Beeston, Nottingham, and we operate from a network of offices across the UK, including the Midlands, Yorkshire, North East England, North West England, Central England and Southern England.

What is your name?

Ashton Mitchell

What is your role within the business?

Marketing Manager - as the title suggests, I manage all internal and external marketing activities across J Tomlinson.

What does your business do?

J Tomlinson is specialises in delivering tailored construction, maintenance and refurbishment services to both private and public sector clients, including Extra Care, Healthcare, Education, Commercial, Industrial, Bluelight (Emergency Services), Hotel, Leisure and Student Accommodation. Operating for over 60 years we have built up a reputation for building excellence, offering clients a multi-disciplinary capability of construction, refurbishment, regeneration, repairs and maintenance, facilities management, and mechanical and electrical services.

What is special about your business - what makes it a great place to work?

One Team As a business we live and breathe our vision and values, placing our people, our customers and the communities we work in at the heart of everything we do. In 2019, we were named Contractor of the Year at the East Midlands Bricks Awards, as well as the EEM Building Communities Awards. Everything that we do as a company is underpinned by our One Team ethos, meaning we work transparently with our colleagues, other departments and clients to achieve the very best results. Community investment Each year, J Tomlinson donates over 100 hours to projects and initiatives that are important to our local communities. These include visiting and engaging with schools, hosting work experience placements, refurbishing and revamping tired community spaces, as well as raising money for charity. Supporting individual causes Each year, the company invites employees to submit sponsorship/donation proposals for causes that are close to their hearts. Some of the causes that have benefitted from this include children's sports clubs, animal rescue centres, hospitals, charitable trusts and national campaigns (e.g. Macmillan UK). Employee Support and Wellbeing As a business that strives to ‘provide a safe and happy place to work’, J Tomlinson believes heavily in supporting our people. In 2018, we introduced a company-funded Employee Assistance Programme, which provides free, confidential support to staff and their families. We also have a team of qualified Mental Health First Aiders across the business, all of whom are trained to provide initial support to colleagues in need, including listening, providing general, NHS-backed advice on reducing stress, and signposting external parties that can provide specialist assistance in certain cases.

How many people do you employ?

We currently employ just over 500 people across the business, including both site and office-based staff. Over 35 of these employees comprise apprentice, trainees and graduates, for whom we provide the financial backing, mentoring and responsibilities required to help them achieve their goals and work to professional qualifications. Several of the company's directors began their careers as apprentices, and we heavily promote the value of apprenticeships to our employees and local communities.

What skills and qualities do you look for in new employees? Why should people look at jobs in this sector?

Passion! We are always on the look-out for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals whom are interested in further developing their skills and take pride in working within the construction and maintenance sector. Our company values can be found here: https://www.jtomlinson.co.uk/about/

What other job roles do you have in your business?

An up-to-date list of our current roles can be accessed here: https://www.jtomlinson.co.uk/careers/

How do I apply for opportunities?

You can apply via PLANit, via https://www.jtomlinson.co.uk/careers/, or by emailing recruitment@jtomlinson.co.uk

Does your company support any initiatives?

Yes - we actively support the Armed Forces Covenant, Dementia Friends, and we are a Disability Committed employer.

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Ellie Davis

Job role: Construction

Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?

Liaising with the site team on a daily basis, I control the finances for construction projects whilst placing ensuring orders are placed according to our budget and the project programme provided by the Contracts Manager. Every month I have to provide a cost report on how the job sits financially (i.e. if we're making or losing money) to our executive board of directors.

Was this your first job? What other jobs or work experience have you had?

My first job was an Apprentice Buyer working for another construction company. I enjoyed my job a lot and it was a great steppingstone to where I am now. I have worked in a few bars (in between moving cities), it definitely helped with my customer experience and gave me more confidence to talk to people.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

Whilst I was studying for my A-levels, I decided that it wasn’t for me. I was still unsure as to what I wanted to do as a job so I asked for some work experience at a local construction company near to where I was living at the time. I enjoyed Buying so much that they offered me an apprenticeship. With this apprenticeship, I went to college and obtained a BTEC Level 4 Diploma and BTEC in Construction in the Built Environment along with 2 years’ experience in the industry. From there I got a job with J Tomlinson as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor – with my previous qualifications from college, it gave me enough UCAS points to be able to attend university - to which I have been promoted to an Assistant Quantity Surveyor and hopefully a Quantity Surveyor when I qualify. I am just going into my 5th year of University and can’t wait to qualify!

What is great about your job? What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy my job because I get to work with some amazing people, both on site and in the office. There is always so much to know and you don’t stop learning. I think my favourite aspect of my job is seeing the project progress on site and see the building come out of the ground to then being cleaned and ready for handover. It does feel like an achievement, especially when the job runs smoothly.

What training do you get at work to help you do your job role?

Alongside my University course, annually J Tomlinson provide me with training to help me carry out my job role. We have commercial training, so that we keep up to date with the new contracts and legislations. We also have CSCS and Asbestos Awareness training for when we are on site.

What skills are required to do your job?

I would say that you would definitely have to be a sociable person, as you have to speak to a lot of different people throughout the day. A major aspect of my job is Maths, so you must be good with numbers and definitely be able to work on computers – Excel helps massively! Strong organisation skills are definitely required in my role; we have a lot of jobs running at the same time so managing your time is important.

What role-specific qualifications do you think are needed to do your job?

To be able to carry out my job, I would say that Maths is definitely required along with Business and English? We write a lot of emails and letters, so a keen understanding of Literacy would make it a lot easier. If A-levels aren't for you (and they weren't for me, either) definitely enrol on a course such as “Construction in the Built Environment” or an early stages “Construction/Quantity Surveying/Contracts Managers” course. Or if you are going to University – Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management.

Name the top three skills needed for your job

1. Ability to speak to anyone 2. Organisation 3. Computer Literate

What subject options (curriculum subjects) would you recommend someone chooses to do your role?

  • Business and Management

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • No experience
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Sam Cheeseman

Job role: Human Resources

Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?

I’m a HR Advisor. I work to support the employees and managers with recruitment, learning and career development, policy and procedures and employee relations. I’m also doing a HR Business Partner Apprenticeship.

Was this your first job? What other jobs or work experience have you had?

I used to work in Recruitment for a year sourcing candidates for job roles before moving to J Tomlinson as an Administrator.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

I worked as an Administrator here after being interviewed and worked alongside the HR Team. Within 6 months I applied for the HR Administrator role here and was successful. I have progressed since then over the years.

What is great about your job? What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Working with people and making a difference in their careers and supporting the business to be the best we can be.

What training do you get at work to help you do your job role?

I am doing an Apprenticeship to get me to the next stage of my career as a HR Business Partner – this involves days at college and one day a week studying.

What skills are required to do your job?

Organisation of high workload (500 employees to manage!), pragmatic to find solutions to problems, resilient and able to challenge the norm, flexible with changing workload, determination to succeed, interpersonal skills to be approachable.

What role-specific qualifications do you think are needed to do your job?

CIPD HR Administration Qualification Level 3 Name the top three skills needed for your job. • Adaptability • Communication

Name the top three skills needed for your job

• Adaptability • Communication • Creativity

What was the highest level of qualification you needed from school, college or university to do your role?

  • Level 3 - GCSE grades A*-C (Level 4-9); Btec First Diploma, Certificate, Award; NVQ 2; Intermediate 2 Credit Standard Grade; SVQ 2.

What subject options (curriculum subjects) would you recommend someone chooses to do your role?

  • Law
  • Psychology and Counselling

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • 2 - 4 years experience
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Jay Sharratt

Job role: Marketing and Advertising

Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?

I design and create things to go on posters/leaflets and online.

Was this your first job? What other jobs or work experience have you had?

This is my first full time job.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

A-levels at college.

What is great about your job? What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy designing and editing on indesign.

What training do you get at work to help you do your job role?

how to use different social websites and new design software.

What skills are required to do your job?

Creativity

What role-specific qualifications do you think are needed to do your job?

Good english and design grades.

Name the top three skills needed for your job

Creativity Listening Computer Skills

What was the highest level of qualification you needed from school, college or university to do your role?

  • Level 3 - GCSE grades A*-C (Level 4-9); Btec First Diploma, Certificate, Award; NVQ 2; Intermediate 2 Credit Standard Grade; SVQ 2.

What subject options (curriculum subjects) would you recommend someone chooses to do your role?

  • Computing and IT
  • Design
  • Environment and Development

Do you have any interests that complement your job role?

  • photography/film

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • No experience
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Tom Sowerby

Job role: Support

Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?

I’m in charge of winning work for the business via a bidding process. This is essentially a written proposal to potentially clients explaining why we would be the best company to carry out works. Operating across five business divisions, the role is very varied, one day we could be writing about a new cinema, then next about maintaining a live fire station. Key aspects of my working week include assessing tender documents, co-ordinating people, writing and reviewing bids

Was this your first job? What other jobs or work experience have you had?

Bids was my first office-based job, starting as a graduate bid writer working on smaller aspects of submissions. Previously I’d undertaken summer work as a waiter and have always found this to be surprisingly useful for my current role. Transferable skills include clear communication, adapting my approach to different people, professionalism and tackling issues head on. If the meal tastes horrible, we need to deal with it, if we lose a bid we need to understand why.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

I’ve always embraced organisation tools, if a manager provides a new template or process, chances are it’s to help my performance. In this vein, I adopt a structured bid process, this involves developing a bid plan with timescales and owners all on one A3 sheet.

What is great about your job? What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

I love the impact my job can have on the company. Over the past 5 years we have opened new offices, doubled our turnover and staff numbers; I’m proud that the bid team has had a key role to play in this.

What training do you get at work to help you do your job role?

Currently I’m undertaking management training alongside colleagues across the business. This tends to be via 1 day training courses, making it easy to fit into my working week. I also have excellent mentors around the business, not everything can be learnt through formal qualifications, I find informal discussions with the right people to be priceless.

What skills are required to do your job?

Organisation, time management, empathy, resilience, positivity, communication, relationship building, writing skills.

What role-specific qualifications do you think are needed to do your job?

It’s useful to have undertaken writing-based qualifications such as Bachelor of Arts based degrees, however this isn’t a barrier to get into the industry.

Name the top three skills needed for your job

Organisation, resilience and writing skills.

What was the highest level of qualification you needed from school, college or university to do your role?

  • Level 1 - Entry level 1,2,3; Introduction to foundation learning; Access 1,2,3.

What subject options (curriculum subjects) would you recommend someone chooses to do your role?

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Design

Do you have any interests that complement your job role?

  • football
  • running

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Human Resources

Marketing and Advertising

Apprenticeship : IT Apprentice

This will be a full-time position at 40 hours a week. Hours will be 8:00am to 5:00pm. You will be based at our Head Office in Beeston, Nottingham. You will be perusing a level 3 apprenticeship in IT infrastructure technician and this will last for 15 Months. Your duties will include: Helpdesk – Provide first time fix solutions to support issues to meet users requirements, within agreed SLAs. Set and manage user expectations appropriately, and ensure all 2nd/3rd line issues are escalated to the relevant team for investigation. Procurement – Assist in maintaining an agreed level of stock for common hardware, software, peripherals and consumables, to ensure a consistent service to the business. Deployment – Configure, setup and deploy standard IT hardware to business users. Maintenance – Assist in maintaining IT systems to ensure they operate as effectively as possible, and remain supportable by the software provider. Where appropriate, maintain the servers/environment which host IT systems. Infrastructure – Assist in supporting the IT infrastructure (hardware, software and network/communications) maintaining maximum availability, including the documentation of these systems. Policies and Procedures – Follow, and assist with the review of company procedures. The ideal candidate will hold: People Skills: Able to communicate at all levels within the company and prioritise their work to best effect. ‘Hands on’, flexible and pro-active approach and a willingness to learn. Positive, self-motivated team player, with good attention to detail. Have knowledge of and an interest in IT and desktop support. Demonstrate an understanding of PC hardware set-up and configuration. Be a strong trouble shooter / problem solver Technical Skills: The strategy is to use Microsoft products for front and back office together with applications from other vendors to meet specific business needs. Exposure to the following environments will be gained. Workstation Platforms: Microsoft Windows Desktop OS, Windows 7, 10. Software Packages: Microsoft Office, Anti-Virus, Citrix XenDesktop and similar environments. Server Platforms: Microsoft Server Technologies and Virtualisation. Networking: A basic understanding of TCP/IP networking

Apprenticeship : Business Administration Apprenticeship (Operations)

The programme is a 12 month training scheme and during your apprenticeship you’ll be learning:- Processing, scanning, electronic storage and filing of documents Appointment scheduling and database management Management of certification schemes Invoicing and accounts management Collation of statistical data and formatting reports Co-ordinate the distribution of technical information, bulletins and notices Control of updating media noticeboard and functional signage points Attend senior business level meetings and record minutes The ideal candidate will have: GCSE Maths & English Grade C or above A willingness to learn A good communication & interpersonal skills An ability to work as part of a team A core understanding of customer service and behaviours required A good computer skills with Microsoft Office an advantage

Apprenticeship : Business Administration Apprentice

The programme is a 12 month training scheme and during your apprenticeship you’ll be learning:- Processing, scanning, electronic storage and filing of documents Appointment scheduling and database management Management of certification schemes Invoicing and accounts management Collation of statistical data and formatting reports Co-ordinate the distribution of technical information, bulletins and notices Control of updating media noticeboard and functional signage points Attend senior business level meetings and record minutes The ideal candidate will have: GCSE Maths & English Grade C or above A willingness to learn Good communication & interpersonal skills Ability to work as part of a team A core understanding of customer service and behaviours required Good computer skills with Microsoft Office an advantage