Advice for Schools from a Young Site Manager

Tue, 22 January

Pictured is Sean Gibbs (28), one of the youngest site managers in the country.

One of the youngest building site managers in the country is leading the construction team on Cotswold Homes’ Florence Gardens development of two-, three- and four-bedroom houses and detached bungalows in Chipping Sodbury, it was announced this week.

Sean Gibbs (28) has just moved from Cotswold Homes’ Richmond Grove development of brand new homes on the site of Mangotsfield’s former Church of England Infant and Junior Primary School where he has supervised the work since it started last summer.

Bristol-born Sean, who attended the city’s Lockleaze School and Filton High School, decided at an early age that he wanted to make a career in the building industry.

While working for a national housebuilder he achieved a site-based NVQ in Construction Site Management and joined the CITB Site Safety Training Scheme.

He qualified to work as an assistant site manager at the age of 23, was promoted to site manager in 2014 and joined Cotswold Homes in May 2017.

An enthusiast for all aspects of housebuilding, Sean says more school-leavers should consider the career opportunities the industry offers.

‘Too many think that housebuilding is all about being a bricklayer or a carpenter,’ he says. ‘Those trades are essential, of course, but schools should make pupils more aware of the less well-known job opportunities, like site management. In the longer term that can lead to senior positions within the industry.’

Sean says he was thrilled when the opportunity arose for him to join the Cotswold Homes team ‘because the company’s ethos, practices and high standards reflect my own “only the best will do” approach.’

He revels in all aspects of the housebuilding process, from the creative stage when best use of a new site is being planned, to maintaining the highest construction standards and receiving the compliments of happy buyers.

‘Too many think that housebuilding is all about being a bricklayer or a carpenter,’ he says. ‘Those trades are essential, of course, but schools should make pupils more aware of the less well-known job opportunities, like site management. In the longer term that can lead to senior positions within the industry.’