Grant Lee is a former Level 3 Carpentry Apprentice who studied at East Kent College's Folkestone Campus.
Grant Lee must be one of the most experienced Contracts Managers in the construction industry for his age. At just 23-years-old, as thousands of students the same age are graduating from university, Grant already has some nine years’ experience working in industry.
But unlike many of his peers who have been saddled with thousands of pounds of debt, Grant has been earning money from an early age and following progression now receives an excellent salary.
At the tender age of 15 his school, Brockhill Park Performing Arts Academy in Saltwood, enrolled him on a Junior Apprentice Scheme at Brighter Homes in Folkestone as he was studying for his GCSE’s. The apprenticeship allowed him to go to school four days a week while gaining work experience at Brighter Homes one day a week.
Grant said: “I knew that I wanted to be a carpenter so it was an ideal opportunity to gain an insight into the business. It introduced me to the work ethic early on and enabled me to get used to the camaraderie with the guys on site – that can sometimes be a little overwhelming for youngsters who are not used to it!”
Once he left school, Grant continued as an apprentice at Brighter Homes, also attending East Kent College’s Folkestone Campus to further improve his skillset. It allowed him to learn his trade both through his College studies and the practical experience gained out on site. Grant remained at the College for an extra year and became a foreman at work.
Following his time with East Kent College he achieved an HNC in construction management, graduating last year at a ceremony in Canterbury Cathedral – along with all the other university graduates.
He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the mixture of work placement and college study over the years and I am delighted with what I have achieved. Not only am I the Contracts Manager but I also do estimating, surveying and act as a project manager.
“It shows that there are great opportunities for young people to be successful in their chosen careers through apprenticeships and further education colleges. Brighter Homes is a great company to work for and we specialise in renovation, refurbishment and conservation work in the public and private sector and the company is also a partner and contractor for Enterprise Inns, so there are plenty of opportunities to gain experience in a wide variety of construction projects.”